Mac & Cheese Monday: Deep Dish Mac & Cheese Pizza

September 22nd, 2014 12:21 pm by Kelly Garbato

You guys, this scene made me so happy – the reference is so random and unexpected, plus PIZZA. And not just any pizza; MAC & CHEESE PIZZA!

Leslie and Ben are officially my people.

Let’s see it again, in gif form:

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Yup, I kinda sorta do.

So there was no doubt that I’d have to make a mac & cheese pizza this mofo.

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The only question was what kind? I mean, mac & cheese pizza: been there, done that.

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Instead I decided to up my game with a deep dish mac & cheese pizza. Because Pawnee is in Indiana and Indiana is Illinois-adjacent. And also why not?

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The full recipe is below, but basically we took our favorite macaroni and cheese recipe, cut the volume of pasta in half, and kept the amount of cheese the same. So half as much pasta, or double the cheese. However you want to do the maths.

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When it came time to layer the pizza, we started with a foundation of pan-fried Lightlife Smart Bacon, followed by the mac & cheese, then a hearty helping of cheddar cheese sauce, and finally a topping of vegan parmesan and breadcrumbs.

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UGH YOU GUYS IT WAS SO GOOD I CAN’T EVEN TELL YOU.

As I was chowing down on the first slice, I had an epiphany: the crust would taste so much better with little flecks of accidentally vegan bacon bits sprinkled throughout. Shoulda, coulda, woulda, didn’t. Still, it’s hard to be sad when your mouth is filled with mac & cheese. But learn from my mistakes! Give it a try! Then come back here and rub it in my face!

If this was fuck yeah vegan pizza, this is where I’d attach an appropriately lewd gif to properly celebrate the awesomeness that is a vegan deep dish mac & cheese pizza.

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Yeah, like that!

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Deep Dish Mac & Cheese Pizza

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Ingredients

…misc

a 10″ cast iron skillet
Pam or other cooking spray
9 slices Lightlife Smart bacon (or the vegan bacon of your choice); feel free to use a whole package for extra soy bacon goodness
1/4 cup bread crumbs

…for the parmesan

1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup walnuts
A dash of salt

…for the dough (this recipe, halved and veganized)

1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons sugar
1 1/8 teaspoons rapid-rise yeast
3/4 cups water
1 15 tablespoons margarine, melted + 2 tablespoons margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon olive oil

…for the mac & cheese (based on our go-to recipe)

4 cups Daiya cheddar cheese, shredded (Note: Usually we use 2 cups each cheddar Daiya and Follow Your Heart, but we couldn’t find any FYH in time for this recipe. Boo! Definitely use both cheeses if you can find them – the flavor of FYH is wonderful, plus it gets nice and melty, while the Daiya keeps it from congealing too quickly.)
2 cups uncooked macaroni (mini shells are my personal fave!)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
8 tablespoons margarine
24 oz plain soy milk

Directions

1. Begin by making the dough at least several hours in advance. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, and yeast. Add the melted margarine and water and mix for several minutes until the dough is smooth. Knead by hand for several additional minutes if necessary for a smooth consistency. When the dough is smooth, line a bowl with olive oil, then place the dough in the bowl. Loosely cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise for about an hour.

2. Lightly flour your work surface or use a non-stick mat and turn the dough onto it. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 7″ x 6″ inch rectangle. Spread two tablespoons of margarine over the rectangle of dough. Starting at the short end, roll the dough into a log. Flatten the log of dough into a 9″ x 4″ rectangle using the rolling pin and your hands. Fold the dough into thirds, then pinch the seems together to form a ball of dough. Place the dough in the refrigerator for about 40 minutes so that the margarine can firm up.

3. While the dough is chilling, make the parmesan. In a food processor, combine the nutritional yeast, walnuts, and salt; pulse until a course meal forms. Transfer to an airtight container. To make the topping, mix 1/4 cup of the parmesan with 1/4 cup of unseasoned breadcrumbs; set aside.

4. While you’re waiting, pan-fry the Smart Bacon according to the instructions on the package. When done, place the cooked bacon on a plate lined with paper towels to cool and drain. Set aside.

5. When you’re ready to make the pizza, preheat the oven to 425F.

6. Now for the mac & cheese! First: Make the cheese sauce. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the soy milk to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and mix in the margarine, stirring until melted. Add the nutritional yeast and whisk well. Add the cheese shreds, stirring gently until they combine with the liquid to form a creamy cheese sauce. Reduce the heat to low, stirring every few minutes.

7. Now it’s time to make the pasta. In a deep skillet or wide, shallow 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.)

8. Combine the two to make mac and cheese! Mix half of 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. Reduce the heat on both the sauce and pasta to low, stirring occasionally.

9. Roll the dough into a 13″ circle. Spray the skillet with a light coating of Pam. Carefully place the dough in the skillet, patting it so that it fits snugly into the pan. The dough should cover the sides of the skillet. Bake in the middle rack at 425F for 7 minutes and then remove from the oven.

10. Now let’s assemble the zah, brah! Layer the bacon at the bottom of the pie with as little overlap as possible. Next, layer the mac & cheese on top, nearly – but not quite – filling the shell. (You may have leftovers! Pro tip: they can help tide you over whilst the pizza cooks.) Third is the cheese sauce; pour an even layer on top of the mac & cheese. (Again, there may be extra!) Finish by sprinkling the parmesan/breadcrumb mix on top.

11. Bake in the middle rack at 425F for about 15 minutes, or until the dough is baked through and the topping turns golden brown color. Let the pizza cool for at least 15 minutes before even attempting to cut and serve!

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Since this is officially my last pizza/Mac & Cheese Monday post of VMF 2014, I think the occasion calls for a gif dump. (SO MANY UNUSED YET PERFECTLY PERFECT GIFS.) Cheese and pizza for everyone!

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14 Responses to “Mac & Cheese Monday: Deep Dish Mac & Cheese Pizza”

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  2. Cadry Says:

    This is pure genius. A layer of vegan bacon first? So awesome. I’ve never had mac & cheese pizza, but clearly this needs to be done.

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  4. Jojo Says:

    You are KILLING me! I need to move next door to you and I mean that in the friendliest least creepy way possible!

  5. Kelly Garbato Says:

    @ Jojo – Do it! I would seriously bake a mac & cheese pizza every weekend for a year for the first vegan to move in on my block! :)

    @ Cadry – Aw, thanks. Again! Try it, you won’t be disappointed. Just don’t plan on operating any heavy machinery for at least eight hours!

  6. Susan Says:

    I love mac and cheese pizza, this one looks beyond everything I have ever tried before.

  7. Rosie Says:

    You are an absolute genius! That looks so incredibly tasty.

  8. lindsay Says:

    WHAAAAAAT?! sounds delicious, looks gorgeous. A++

  9. Robin Says:

    Now after showing this to my boyfriend, he’s demanding that I make it. I guess there are worst things that could be being demanded of me.

  10. jessica Says:

    hi! what if i am making in a casserole dish? or i don’t have the skillet…. that’s my main question ;)

  11. Julie Says:

    Yum; this looks AMAZING! I’ll definitely have to try making it sometime! :D

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