I've been hooked on this television HBO show called True Blood, which is based in Bon Ton, Louisiana. Of course, when something is based in LA, I have to automatically cook Cajun and Creole food to satisfy my deprivation of NOLA. I really would love to go back and visit but, right now, I don't have the time nor the money, so, I cook instead. Cooking seems to be a way for me to relieve all my tension ands tress that the day brings throughout, especially with my new job. I'm back working at Honeybaked Hams and I love it. It is something I know, something that I'm good at and something that I don't mind doing. Already I've made a handful of people excited that I work there, so, I'm going to continue doing the job.
But, back to my recipe. This recipe I created because I wanted something warm and comforting, something satisfying and thick, something that would just warm me up from the inside and remind me of the fabulous Louisiana that I'm missing oh so very much. So, I created this. There really isn't much of a back-story to this little ditty. Simply, use a pasta of your choice, and silken tofu as a dairy substitute. This gives it such a creamy silky texture, I was in heaven.
Red Bean Mac n' Cheese
2 ounces dry pasta, gluten free or otherwise
1/2 cup pureed light silken tofu
1/2 tbsp nondairy margarine
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp Cajun spice
1/2 cup cooked red beans
1 stalk celery, chopped fine
1/4 green pepper, chopped fine
1/2 small onion, chopped fine
1 tbsp imitation bacon bits
In a bowl, puree the silken tofu with the nutritional yeast and Dijon mustard. Set that aside.
Boil the pasta in a pot according to directions. In a sauté pan, sauté the trinity until soft (that's the onions, celery, and green pepper). When the pasta is done, drain it and return it to the pot. Add the trinity into the pot with the pasta along with the Cajun spices, red beans, and bacon bits.
Turn the heat on low and pour in the silken tofu mix. Add the nondairy margarine and stir until everything gets heated through and thick.
Pour into a bowl, garnish with either green onions or fresh parsley. Add a dash of hot sauce if you want to kick it up and then eat. Trust me, this is as good as it is when a vampire drinks the blood of a Virgin. I'm serious.
And I need to stop watching True Blood.
Finally, you might want to triple the recipe...it's that good.