Buffalo Chickpea Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Originally, when I was thinking of a theme for Vegan MoFo, I was going to do “All Buffalo Everything”. Mostly because I am obsessed with Buffalo sauce on anything, and secondly, because that would be totally awesome. Alas, the idea for “Born to Mac Mofo” came up, and clearly that just NEEDED to happen. I have to say, I ‘m super glad that I chose the theme that I did, but there’s no sense in not including my beloved buffalo sauce!

That’s where this recipe comes in, the union of glorious mac ‘n’ cheese with spicy, tangy buffalo sauce. But, that’s not all. It has roasted chickpeas, crisp romaine lettuce and a drizzle of a creamy ranch-style dressing. Oh yes. All o’ dat. It was very hard to photograph this terrific dish without stuffing my face, first. Lucky for you, I abstained! But, only for a few minutes.

I was really wishing that I had this meal yesterday, for my birthday! Alas, I made a cake that I haven’t tried yet and ate an awesome burger at Healthy Junk after getting tattooed for the first time in two years. Geez! Plus, I started a bunch of cheese recipes from Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner, that I’m looking forward to sharing with friends at a get together, this weekend. I’ve already goofed one up, but I’m remaining hopeful that I don’t do too poorly with the rest. ;)

Birthday Shenanigans

And now.. THE RECIPE!!!1!

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Buffalo Chickpea Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Recipe type: Dinner, Entree
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
Creamy Mac ‘n’ Cheese paired with Buffalo-roasted chickpeas, crunchy romaine and a delicious ranch-style sauce!
Roasted Chickpeas
  • 1- 15 oz. Can of Cooked Chickpeas, Drained & Rinsed
  • ¼ C. Your favorite Buffalo Sauce + 1-2 T. Extra
Ranch Sauce
  • 3 T. Vegan Mayo
  • 2 T. Plain Vegan Yogurt
  • 2 T. Raw Cashews, Soaked for 30 mins or more
  • 1 T. Non-Dairy Milk
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp. Onion Powder
  • ½ tsp. Garlic Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Dried Parsley
  • Pinch of Dried Dill
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • Pinch of Salt (if you’d like)
  • 2½ C. Dried Pasta + Water for Boiling
  • 1 Tube Cheddar Teese
  • ¾-1 C. Non-Dairy Milk
  • Optional: Pinch of Salt
  • Optional: 1 T. Vegan Butter
2 C. Romaine Lettuce, Chopped
Optional: 1-2 Stalks of Celery, Chopped
Roasted Chickpeas
  1. Preheat your oven to 375ºF. Toss the chickpeas in the ¼ C. of Buffalo Sauce until they are evenly coated. Spread them out on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper.
  2. Bake for 12 minutes, and carefully roll them around with a spoon to get the other side crispy. Bake for another 12-15 minutes, then place them back in the bowl and toss with the extra 1-2 T. of buffalo sauce. Set aside.
Ranch Sauce
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until completely smooth. This may take a couple of times of pushing the ingredients around, or adding another tablespoon of non-dairy milk.
  2. Pour into a cup or squirt bottle and set aside.
  1. Cook your pasta according to the instructions on the package, then drain and rinse with cool water.
  2. Place the noodles back in the pot and set the heat to low-medium. Add the Cheddar Teese, non-dairy milk, salt and margarine to the pot and stir until melted and evenly coated.
  3. Add more non-dairy milk if you’d like a creamier sauce.
  1. When you’re ready to serve, toss the romaine (and optional celery) in with the mac ‘n’ cheese then plate immediately. Place roughly a ¼ C. of chickpeas on top, then drizzle with a little extra buffalo sauce and a generous drizzling of the ranch sauce.
  2. Enjoy!

For something so awesome to be so easy to make, might be a bad thing. ;)


Filed under Savory Recipes, Vegan MOFO!

25 Responses to Buffalo Chickpea Mac ‘n’ Cheese

  1. This recipe is beyond awesome! I love your Born to Mac theme, but I think I would have been equally as excited about an All Buffalo Everything theme — in this house, we love any and everything Buffalo. VeganMoFo 2014? ;)

  2. You literally combined my two favorite things ever and made them into one meal. Holy guacamole. I might need to make this PRONTO. . And top it with guacamole.

  3. a month of buffalo would be a glorious thing.

    THIS is a glorious thing, I will be making it soon. maybe for MY birthday next week! I love that you made it a bowl with lettuce and all, YUM

  4. OH MY GOSH! Making this. So brilliant.

  5. You are blowing my mind with this theme! You’ve managed to combine a few of my favorite things; mac & cheese, Buffalo sauce & Ranch dressing.

    It makes me sad that I have no access to vegan mayo, vegan yogurt or vegan cheese where I live. I am definitely going to have to stock up when I visit my mom in October because this recipe, HAS to be made!

  6. Lindsay hetzel

    There is no teese in Houston. What is another low-fat cheeze sauce you’d recommend using? (No fake cheese please) thank you :)

  7. I have yet to find a vegan buffalo sauce. What brand did you use? Everything has butter in it or some weird butter flavoring. I’d love to get my all buffalo everything on. :)

  8. This looks absolutely delicious! I fell in love with buffalo style from a burger we had at the restaurant I used to work at, and this looks like such a unique, and much healthier, way to enjoy those flavors :)

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  10. Yessss! This. In my mouth, right now. Holy cow these are all things I love: bowls, roasted chickpeas, mac and cheese, and ranch.

  11. Happy belated birthday lovely! And sweet baby Jesus does that look good, although I’m pretty sure none of those buffalo chickpeas would actually make it into the mac since they’d all be in my mouth.

  12. this is insane! i have to make the spicy chickpeas and put them over everything.. esp mac n cheese!!

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