Cheesy Vegan Gnocchi and Broccoli Bake

There is something wonderful and delicious about a baked pasta meal. Baked pasta is just so comforting! What more could you want? Pasta and cheese are an epic combination!

I was craving some baked pasta and mac n cheese – the problem with mac n cheese it its often heavy, and super rich foods can bother the stomach.

So I worked on a vegan cheese sauce for this cheesy bake! Let me know what you think

Vegan Cheese Sauce
  1. 3/4 cup (180 ml) canned coconut milk or ripple pea milk (I used ripple milk because I have it on hand, and its lower fat!))
  2. 3 tbsp (20 g) nutritional yeast flakes
  3. 2 tbsp flour
  4. 1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
  5. 1/2 tsp onion powder 
  6. 1/4 tsp garlic powder 
  7. Pinch of smoked paprika 
Pasta Ingredients
  1. 2 packages of gnocchi!
  2. 2 cups chopped broccoli
  3. Dairy Free cheese to top (optional)
  4. 2 tbsp vegan butter
For the Cheese Sauce
  1. Add 1/2 cup milk, spices, and yeast to a sauce pan – bring to a slow boil.
  2. Whisk flour and remaining milk in a bowl until smooth – slowly add milk/flour mixture to the sauce pan.
  3. Whisk to combine, stir until stretchy and thick!
For the Pasta Bake
  1. I like my gnocchi to be a bit crisp (so this step is optional!). Melt vegan butter in pan and pan fry the gnocchi.
  2. Remove gnocchi from heat and in a large bowl add chopped broccoli and cheese sauce – mix together until all the pasta and broccoli is coated in the cheesy sauce!
  3. Portion the pasta into individual dishes – top with vegan cheese and bake for 20 minutes at 350C.

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