Vegan Smokey Mac and Greens

Vegan Smokey Mac and Greens

Now I know that if you're a fan of this page you probably assume that all recipes are vegan (YOU WOULD BE CORRECT!) but then think "well why the heck does she put "vegan" into every recipe title?" Well it helps with search engine stuff. So there, now you know! I'm sure I could figure out a different way but I like having that info right there. 

Anyhow on to the food! I don't really know what to say about it. It's super creamy silky smokey and greeny? It's comfort food all grown up. It's ... it is what it is. It's my new favorite cheesy sauce. It's my jam. 

Oh yeah one thing - the liquid smoke. Some people get all freaked out about it and if you buy some brands you should be. The one I get (this one!) is just what it should be LIQUID SMOKE. They make it by condensing smoke vapor. No crazy weird stuff in it. It's essential to the flavor or this though I suppose if you don't want smokey cheesy then you could leave it out. Of course if you don't want smokey stuff then why did you click on the recipe? Muahahah! 

Vegan Smokey Mac and Greens

1 large (fist sized) potato, peeled and cubed
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
1/2 large onion, chopped (not sweet! If you use a sweet onion it will be gross. Trust me.)
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds (not in the shells!)
1 clove garlic
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1.5 cup unsweetened soy milk (or almond or whatever you drink)
5 oz baby kale (or 1 bunch of regular kale with the stems removed and the leaves finely chopped)
16 oz elbow noodles

Let's start out by making the sauce. Put the potato, carrot, onion and sunflower seeds in a large pot and add enough water to submerge everything. Bring to a boil and then turn it down to medium and let simmer until everything is tender, about 15 minutes. When done, drain the water out.
Place the potatoes, carrots, onion, sunflower seeds, garlic, lemon juice, salt liquid smoke, black pepper AND soy milk into your blender and blend until nice and super smooth. Taste and add additional salt or pepper or liquid smoke to taste. 
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for your noodles. Cook them until al dente (according to the packages directions.) Right when they are finished add the kale to the pot and stir it. Immediately drain and then add back to the pot.  Pour the sauce over it all and stir to combine. It may seem super saucey at first but it kind of gets sucked into the noodles as it cools so you want all that sauce. 
At this point you could pour into a casserole dish, covered with breadcrumbs and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the crumbs are browned and everything is bubbly. 
OR you can just eat it. Because you're hungry already and no one wants to wait to eat. 
It makes "8" servings. More like 4.75 

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