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Thai Red Curry Mac and Cheese

There’s a lot to love about this culinary fusion-fest featuring gemelli pasta cloaked in a creamy sauce made with cashews, coconut milk, and Thai red curry paste.

Recipe from Vegan Mac & Cheese by Robin Robertson © 2019 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. Used with permission.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Thai
Keyword buffalo cauliflower mac and cheese, Cashew Vegan Mac and Cheese, Thai Red Curry Mac and Cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 345 kcal

Ingredients

Thai Red Curry Sauce

  • 2 tsp neutral vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 3 TB Thai red curry paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • .75 cup unsalted raw cashews, soaked in boiling water for 30 minutes, drained
  • 13 oz can unsweetened coconut milk

Pasta

  • 16 oz small pasta I used gluten free

Garnish

  • chopped roasted peanuts
  • fresh Thai basil, or chopped fresh cilantro
  • red pepper flakes
  • lime wedges for serving

Instructions

To make the sauce:

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil.

  2. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in the curry paste, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

  4. Stir in 1 cup (240 ml) of water and remove the skillet from the heat.

  5. In a high-speed blender, combine the cashews and remaining 1 cup (240 ml) of water. Blend until completely smooth. Add the curry mixture and blend again until smooth. Set aside.

To make the pasta:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions until al dente. Drain well and return it to pot.

To finish:

  1. Stir in the curry sauce and coconut milk. Place the pot over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes to heat through and thicken the sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning, as needed.

  2. Transfer to a large serving dish and serve hot, sprinkled with peanuts, basil, and red pepper flakes (if using), with lime wedges on the side for squeezing.

Recipe Notes

*Robin suggests adding some veggies to make the mac and cheese to make it more colorful and nutritious. While the pasta was cooking, I stir fried some chopped red bell pepper and shredded carrots for a few minutes. Once the pasta and sauce were combined, I added the veggies. 

*This recipe makes 6 servings. Nutrition info is for just the pasta - not the veggies. By adding in those veggies, you'll add more fiber as well as more vitamins into your meal!

Nutrition Facts
Thai Red Curry Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 345 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Carbohydrates 28.5g10%
Fiber 9.5g40%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6.5g13%
Vitamin A 2IU0%
Iron 24mg133%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.