Recipe: Faux Mac & Cheese

When I started making my dinner tonight, I had absolutely no intention of sharing the recipe. Because I really didn’t expect it to turn out. Truth is, I have no money until the end of the month and I am out of fresh vegetables, fruit, cheese, bread, etc., etc. I’m limited to dry goods that are in my cupboard, a bit of yogurt, some frozen peas and a bit of meat in the freezer. So I threw some stuff together and hoped for the best. The result: a yummy, filling dinner that tasted like Mac & Cheese.


Fake Mac & Cheese


  • split red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • ground turmeric
  • cayenne powder
  • ground cumin
  • ground coriander
  • salt
  • vegetable oil
  • elbow macaroni
  • frozen peas
  • nutritional yeast flakes
  • plain yogurt


I apologize for the lack of measurements in this. I really did just pour stuff in the pot.

  1. In a largish pot, bring some water to a boil. Add in a 1/2 tsp or so of turmeric, cumin, coriander, cayenne, along with 1-2 tbsp of vegetable oil. Stir and then add your lentils (I probably poured in a cup or so). Simmer the lentils until almost cooked.
  2. When your lentils are almost done, add the macaroni to the pot. Stir and allow the pasta to cook in the lentils (you may need to add a bit more water….you don’t want to have to drain the pasta/lentils so don’t add too much more water).
  3. When the pasta is almost done, stir in the frozen peas and nutritional yeast flakes. When the peas are cooked, you’re ready to eat. Serve in a bowl, topped with a bit of plain yogurt.
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7 Responses to Recipe: Faux Mac & Cheese

  1. Brandy says:

    That looks delicious! Love me some pasta. πŸ™‚


  2. mrsgmh says:

    Necessity is the mother of invention! Looks good, Kathleen πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  3. sophililoquy says:

    β€œI really did just pour stuff in the pot” β€” me in all cooking situations πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  4. A_Boleyn says:

    Well done. It sounds tasty and looks filling. I’m not nearly in that bad a situation but freezer/pantry scrounging is something I do on a regular basis. πŸ™‚


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