Vegan Mac & Cheese Pizza! With two kinds of vegan cheese! And a side of macaroni and cheese for dipping!

October 11th, 2011 12:30 pm by Kelly Garbato

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So regular readers, Facebook friends, passing acquaintances, the cashier at my local Green Acres, et al. are already all-to-familiar with my mac & cheese pizza recipes, mostly because I talk about them ALL THE TIME. As in, EVERY CHANCE I GET. (I love macaroni and cheese, yo. YOU DO NOT WANT TO COME BETWEEN ME AND A POT OF MAC & CHEESE! Throw in a pizza pie and it’s on like Donkey Kong!) And veganmofo is no exception! Why should it be? More people to share my soon-to-be infamous Creamy Vegan Mac & Cheese Pizza with!

I’ve actually made three different versions of this pie, including one with twice-baked macaroni and cheese, and a similar dish using Daiya Pepperjack cheese in place of the traditional cheddar. But version #2 is far and away my favorite: because the mac & cheese – made with both Daiya and Follow Your Heart cheeses, for double the cheesy goodness! – is added to the pizza pie after it’s baked, it retains its oozy, gooey, melty, liquid cheesy deliciousness. And if I love anything, it’s a hot, soupy bowl of vegan macaroni and cheese on a chill fall evening. Like hot chocolate, BUT WITH CHEESE! Pizza in a cup, drink up!

Okay, done now. Promise. I JUST LOVE MAC & CHEESE SO MUCH!

This recipe – along with dozens more – was originally published on the Perfect Pizza Press blog. If things go as planned, we’ll be able to give away some shiny pizza presses for veganmofo vi! But alas, those were my plans last year, so we’ll have to see how things play out. WHO KNEW THAT IT WOULD TAKE SO LONG TO GET A PRODUCT SAMPLE!?! Six to twelve months, pfffft.

 
Creamy Vegan Mac & Cheese Pizza, No. 2

Ingredients

For the dough:

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F / 45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 tablespoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For the mac & cheese:

1/2 cup Follow Your Heart cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Daiya cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup uncooked macaroni (Mini shells are my personal fave!)
2 tablespoons margarine
6 oz plain soy milk

FYI: this is 1/4 of my recipe for Creamy Mac & Cheese with Daiya and Follow Your Heart vegan cheeses; double or quadruple this recipe you’d like some extra mac & cheese to serve with that mac & cheese pizza – or if you’d just like the mac & cheese, please! For a healthier pizza, sub in a mac & cheese recipe that uses a nutritional yeast sauce.

For the pizza:

Cornmeal or cooking spray with which to coat the pizza stone or pizza pan
Two to four tablespoons of margarine with which to coat the dough
1/2 to one cup of vegan cheddar cheese for the pizza (We used Daiya – it melts better than cheddar FYH, at least in the oven. Stovetop, they’re roughly equal.)
Eight to twelve strips of of vegan bacon, diced into small bits (Optional; we used Lightlife Smart Bacon.)

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Directions

Prepare the dough!

1. Stir the water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add the olive oil and salt, as well as any extra spices or seasonings. Stir in the flour until blended. Form the dough into a small ball and let rest in large bowl, covered loosely with a towel, anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

Assemble the cheesy pizza!

2. Once you’re ready to make the pizza, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

3. As the oven is heating, spread a dusting of cornmeal onto your pizza stone (or lightly coat your pizza pan with cooking spray). Using fingers dipped in olive oil (optional), pat the dough onto the stone, spreading it out evenly.

4. Next, lightly spread some margarine onto the uncooked dough, taking care not to press down too hard as you do so. It helps if the margarine is near room temp when you try this! You want even but sparse coverage; too little margarine means that the pizza will be a little on the dry side, while too much will compromise the integrity of the crust. We used between two and four tablespoons to coat the entire pizza.

5. Spread the diced bacon onto the pizza, followed by the cheddar Daiya cheese.

6. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 minutes for two pizzas.

Make the cheese sauce!

7. Once the pizza’s in the oven, it’s time to make the macaroni and cheese! Begin with the cheese sauce. In a small saucepan, bring the soy milk to a boil.

8. Reduce the heat to medium and mix in the margarine, stirring until melted.

9. Add the cheese shreds, stirring gently until they combine with the liquid to form a creamy cheese sauce.

Optional: season to taste with salt, pepper, onion or garlic.

10. Reduce the heat to low, stirring every few minutes.

Make the pasta!

11. In a skillet or sauce pan, cook the pasta according to the directions provided on the package. Stop when about 90% done and drain, leaving a little hot water with the pasta. (This will mostly cook down as you continue to heat the pasta.)

Combine the two to make mac and cheese!

12. Mix the cheese sauce into the pasta, stirring well. On medium low heat, let the pasta continue to cook until it’s the desired consistency. Stir constantly during this last step so that none of the pasta or cheese sticks to the pan.

Mac & Cheese Pizza, holla!

13. Once the pizza’s done cooking – and hopefully you’ve timed this so that the pizza and pasta finish cooking at roughly the same time! – remove it from the oven and top with a drizzle of mac & cheese. Let cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy warm, perhaps with a side of extra macaroni and cheese?

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Hey, it’s not too hard to double or even quadruple the recipe, giving you two glorious vegan junk food meals in one!

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17 Responses to “Vegan Mac & Cheese Pizza! With two kinds of vegan cheese! And a side of macaroni and cheese for dipping!”

  1. Ashlae Says:

    Oh. My. Gosh. This looks divine! Adding it to my list of MoFo recipes to make :)

  2. Dawn Says:

    Wow, just wow.

    This post truly gives me something to aspire to.

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  4. Michelle Says:

    Holy wow YUM! A pizza place near me makes vegan mac ‘n cheese pizza sometimes and it’s my fave!

  5. Mandee Says:

    I think you’re going to have a lot of MoFoers wanting to come over for a slice, me included!

  6. cakenstein Says:

    oh. my.

    that is absolutely beautiful!!

  7. Kelly Garbato Says:

    @ Michelle – Jealous! What’s the name of this magical place, in case I’m ever in town?

    @ Mandee – Vegan pizza party!

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  8. cathy Says:

    Mmmmm. Mac & cheese is my favorite food too!

  9. Sarah (appifanie) Says:

    Amazing. I live near a chain called Cici’s pizza and they put mac and cheese on their pizza, but it isn’t vegan, and I just want mac and cheese pizza.

  10. Lauren Says:

    Whoa! What?! I need that!

  11. Jeni Treehugger Says:

    This is GENIUS!!!
    I’m LOVING this idea.
    :-)

  12. coldandsleepy Says:

    That is a beautiful, beautiful idea. Nice work!

  13. Bianca- Vegan Crunk Says:

    I just found your blog through the Mofo blog, but based on this post alone, I think we should probably get married.

  14. Lindsay at Kitchen Operas Says:

    I cannot believe how amazing this looks. YUUUUUUUM!

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