Smoky Butternut Squash Sauce with Pasta and Greens

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 21, 2013

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It was a rollercoaster of a week.

On Friday, I shipped my huge bundle of book edits back to New York. A definite high point this year. Strangely, I enjoyed the meticulous process of sifting through each chapter line by line. By the time I finished almost every page was scribbled with red ink and I squeezed in a few photo re-shoots too. I lived and breathed that document day and night, as you might have guessed from my blog absence. After a few curse words at the Staples print & copy centre (never underestimate how many times a multi-thousand dollar printer will jam…), I even printed my own copy should anything happen to the one in the mail. You will not get me this time, postal service!

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Naturally, I went straight to the grocery store and bought some cheesy kale chips and a dark chocolate bar to celebrate. Living. it. up.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, we found the house of our dreams last week. We’ve been looking for almost a year now. It almost felt too good to be true and I barely slept all week. This house has everything on our list with several renovation projects for us to tackle in the future. Everything felt like it was falling into place after a challenging year. We’ve been dealing with some rental issues lately and we’re just ready to move on and settle down. Plant roots. Build another vegetable garden. Storage space! This house was the one, we were certain. I’m a bit superstitious, so I didn’t even tell my family about it because I didn’t want to jinx it.

Well.

We lost the house. It was scooped up by a higher bidder. Nothing new in this hot housing market, but it’s still tough to swallow when you get your heart set on something. We had already spent a few days planning and preparing ourselves for a quick move, taking measurements, dreaming, the whole shebang, and then it was all over just like that. I went from cloud nine to feeling rejected and defeated all within a few hours. Back to square one.

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I tried to cheer us up by playing the “let’s list all the things we don’t like about the house” game. A solid effort, but we weren’t fooling anybody. Love is blind.

This dish, on the other hand, was just what we needed – a hug in a bowl, and a reminder that time heals all wounds. So what if I burned the broccoli to a crisp and overcooked the pasta. It was still major comfort food when nothing else seemed to help. Plus, I discovered that over-cooked crispy broccoli tastes a lot like kale chips. Yes, I ate every one straight off the pan. Weird, but good.

In the end, I realized that nothing good ever comes out of a full moon eclipse, especially if you happen to be pms-ing. Unless of course this meal is the end result. Then it’s not a total loss.

Onward and upward, keep the faith, may better things come to those who wait, and all that cliché jazz… :)

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Smoky Butternut Squash Sauce with Pasta and Greens

Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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This recipe is adapted from my Butternut Squash Mac and Cheeze recipe from 2011. While the former version is a huge hit on the blog, some of you didn't like how sweet the sauce is. I've been playing around with this recipe every time I make it. This version I'm sharing today is still quite sweet thanks to the butternut squash and cashews, but I've tried to balance it out better with some smoky seasonings like liquid smoke, chili powder, smoked paprika, and some hot sauce for a kick and more depth of flavour. It's a big hit in this house. Feel free to adjust the various seasonings to taste. This sauce is also great heated up and poured over roasted vegetables and brown rice. Use it any way you see fit! I think you'll be surprised by how creamy and satisfying it is all without a lick of butter or oil.

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4-6
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked
  • 1 (3.5-4 pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced (or two (450g) packages chopped squash)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional, but recommended)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • 1 (450g) package mini shell or macaroni pasta (use gluten-free, if desired)
  • roasted broccoli or sauteed kale leaves, to stir into pasta

Directions:

  1. Add cashews in a small bowl and cover with water. Soak overnight or for at least 3-4 hours, until soft and plump. Drain and rinse before use.
  2. Preheat oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. See note about prepping squash below. Spread out chopped squash on sheet and drizzle with oil. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt. Roast for 30-40 minutes, flipping once half way through baking, until squash is fork tender. Let cool for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Add the soaked and drained cashews, water, garlic, nutritional yeast (if using), lemon juice, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, and 2 cups of cooked squash into a high speed blender. Blend on high until smooth. Now add the salt, liquid smoke, and hot sauce to taste and blend again.
  4. Cook pasta according to package directions. If using broccoli, kale, or other vegetables, roast or saute those too.
  5. Add the drained pasta back into the pot. Pour on your desired amount of sauce and stir to combine. Stir in the cooked vegetables, if using. Cook over medium until heated throughout and serve immediately.
  6. Leftover sauce can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 1 week or so in the fridge. It's great poured on roasted vegetables too!

Tips:

Time saver: You can also simply slice the squash in half, remove seeds, and roast the two halves rather than chopping the squash up. The butternut squash sauce makes 2.75 cups.

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I’m sorry you didn’t get the house. :-( But that means something even better is waiting for you, right?

I’ve made something similar and you’re right, hug in a bowl is about as accurate a description as you can get!

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Birdy& Bambi October 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm

That looks simply delicious! Good job!

Love from Germany:

Bambi

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan October 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Sorry to hear about the house, but no worries, something better will come along, right?!! : )

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } October 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm

This looks divine! I was just thinking that it’s finally getting cool enough to start eating squash 24/7 again (in Florida we are just now getting into the 60’s!) Can’t wait to try this soon!

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Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate October 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm

The sauce looks good enough to eat on it’s own, forget the pasta! Good luck with the house hunting, I’m sure something will come up eventually :)

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McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped October 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Who needs or would even want cheese with this beautiful sauce! I’m making this very soon especially for my cheese loving boyfriend (I’m working on that one haha). Thanks for sharing!

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Jill October 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I love making your recipes, but I am having the darnedest time finding nutritional yeast. Where in the world can I purchase it, and if in a regular grocer, on what aisle is it found??

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2013 at 8:21 am

Hi Jill, I find it in the natural food aisle of my grocery store. It can also be found in health food stores or bulk stores most often. hope this helps!

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Samantha August 27, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Hi Angela,

I was wondering if you knew: does / can nutritional yeast cause bloating at all?
Also, what can I substitute the cashews for if I can’t have nuts / almonds etc.?

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Jessi de Bergerac October 23, 2013 at 11:52 pm

I haven’t been able to find it in any of the stores in my neighborhood, so I order it on Amazon, the brand I got was Hoosier Hill Farm. It’s worth it, it comes in handy for quite a few recipes.

Tried this recipe tonight and it was fantastic!

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Laura October 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

At the local bulk health store where I get my nutritional yeast, it is actually called: Good Tasting Yeast…so that it isn’t confused with Brewers Yeast I guess. I know the Bob’s line has it but if you can get it in bulk it is way cheaper.

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suzanne October 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Love your first recipe and this looks like another great spin on it! Was just thinking of putting this on the menu for dinner next week!

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Jill October 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

One more question…at what point in the recipe do I add the cashews? Are they blended up with the squash and seasonings, or are they added whole along with the vegetables? Thanks ;-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2013 at 8:21 am

Hi Jill, Sorry I forgot to add them in – it’s in there now. You just add them along with everything else. Hope this helps!

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Jill October 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Thank you for both replies…much appreciated! :)

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Bridget November 30, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I am allergic to cashews…is there any other nut/ingredient that would be a good substitute?

Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 2, 2013 at 10:09 am

Hey Bridget, You can probably leave out the cashews since it’s just a small amount. I’m not sure of a substitute at the moment.

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Holly November 29, 2014 at 9:57 am
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I made this with tahini instead of cashews and it was delicious! A good sub for allergies, or if you forget to soak the cashews the night before. ;)

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Liz October 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Angela! Do not fret!! :) We bought our first condo in a big East Coast city almost 5 years ago. At the time we had been looking for 18 months. I had been at open houses almost every weekend (my husband occasionally, but for me it’s actually fun seeing how people decorate and it helped us to figure out our wish list!). We did have all our ducks lined up to buy a brand new renovation . . come to find out just before we signed the purchase and sales agreement that the developer’s agent ‘failed’ to notify us that there was an issue with dry cleaning chemicals in the underground water supply (building was above dry cleaners) and that there was the potential for a lawsuit from the EPA etc etc. Needless to say we opted out immediately (though it took 6 months to get our deposit back from the seller’s realtor). Fast forward six months and we found this great two bedroom apartment that had almost everything on our wish list and the things it didn’t, we figured would just come along in our future homes :) We were the second highest bidder – but got it because we could close in less than two weeks. We love our current place – the layout, the location, the neighbors . . it really works for us and our dog . . . and (hopefully) if a little person comes along they will still fit :) We also lost some nice places along the way, but we ended up with the right one for us (I shudder to think what would have happened had we bought the other one). We also had a buyers agent who was awesome a huge help in the whole process. Don’t give up – you’ll get something even better than what you missed out on!

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Angela October 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Thanks Liz! So glad everything worked out for you in the end!

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Laura S. October 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I’m so sorry to hear that you didn’t get the house…disappointment is really hard to deal with and get over sometimes, isn’t it?? It’s there so we can learn and grow and hopefully appreciate the times when things do just magically work out :-)

Life goes on and thankfully there are still comfort food options for us vegans!
Xoxoxo, hugs!

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Marygrace October 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Congrats on tackling those book edits! When working on my book, I found that dealing with the miniscule line-by-line stuff has tougher than writing the book itself.

Also, this looks incredible. I’d love to use that sauce in a rice and veggie bowl.

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe October 21, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I’m so sorry that the house didn’t work out for you – how heartbreaking! BUT. Allow me to throw in another cliché phrase and say that maybe it just wasn’t meant to be. Maybe it just means that there is a house out there that you are going to fall even more in love with. :) This butternut squash sauce sounds heavenly, and very comforting. I don’t have a high-speed blender – would a food processor work?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2013 at 8:23 am

Hey Amanda, I haven’t tried it with a food processor, but I think it should be ok. It might not get quite as smooth though.

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Brooke October 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Just now made this using a food processor (saving for a VitaMix some day) and it worked beautifully – I did soak the cashews overnight, though. This is a DELICIOUS recipe. I have tried many vegan “cheez-mac” type recipes trying to find a perfect one for when the grandkids visit. This is it – only changes I made was I used almond milk instead of water and added 1/4 tsp dry mustard. THANK YOU!

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Amanda October 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Going to have to try this!

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Ruth October 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Sorry to hear about the house but happy to hear about the book getting sent off — definintely an up-down-up-down experience for you! I’m glad to see the thick cheezy sauce here: after having my own extremely awful day on Friday, thick cheezy mac & cheeze was THE thing I was wanting. Now I can satisfy that fancy!! Gotta get me some liquid smoke.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Sorry to hear about losing the house Ange. I know that can be really frustrating, and in addition to the book edits, it sounds like one whirlwind of a week for you! I am confident that you guys will find an even better one though – these things happen for a reason. As for this sauce – you are a genius! The old b-nut is a fave of mine and I’ve been loving it lately in all forms. It’s such a great comfort food, and so versatile too! PS I think we need a lunch date soon… it’s been freaking ages! :)

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Leon October 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I’m sure you’ll end up finding a house that you like even better, so you’ll actually feel happy to have lost this one! That sauce looks amazing, truly decadent. Will definitely make it soon. And I can’t wait for your cookbook to come out!

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Matilda October 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Sorry about the house! I’m sure there’s a perfect house out there somewhere waiting for you! (If thats comforting at all haha). I just wanted to let you know that I think you may have forgotten to include when to add cashews in the sauce. Not a big deal but thought you might like to know :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2013 at 8:20 am

Thanks, I’ve added it in :)

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Katie October 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm

There is something to be said about great minds … I have had an epically horrible Sept/Oct when it comes to housing (Bed Bug war – not pleasant) and just when I think I’ve graduated from “remission” to “cured” I find 5 crawling on my freshly laundered sheets. At 10pm.

I have been dining on my rendition of Cheezy Pumpkin Sauce/hummus with kale/broccoli as my comfort food all week! Last week there were quinoa flakes involved. This week to mix it up I may use brown rice. But I’ve never added liquid smoke – genius!

I hope your housing woes are solved soon. Your other perfect house is out there, and this time you’ll get it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

Hey Katie, I hope your troubles are resolved soon! I can only imagine how frustrating that would be to go through.

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janae @ bring joy October 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm

House buying is *such* an emotional process! I’m sorry it didn’t go through. But, buying a house is a process that can’t be rushed, & you never want to overpay for a house (even if you do LOVE it). I’d say buying a house is more stressful than even having your first child–especially these days with the way credit has changed. I swear, they want to know EVERYTHING about your past & just when you think you have the loan, they want more docs. Anyway, congrats on getting all your edits done! What a satisfying step along the road for you–you should be very proud. ox

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A. Cook October 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm

So sorry to hear about the house, but glad this beautiful recipe could lend some comfort. Sending positive thoughts your way!

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Vicky October 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Boo! Sorry about the house. Sometimes it’s hard to keep the faith, but it’ll happen for you! I’ve been needing a little faith & cheer myself – what better place to find it than comfort food? ;-) Can’t wait to try this out!

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Emma October 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Bummer about the house :( I’m sure it can’t be “the one” if you didn’t get it…your perfect house is out there still waiting for you!
Can’t believe I still haven’t made the original recipe. I think this one might be bumped up to be tried pronto though!

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Stephanie October 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I learned the SAME thing about full moon eclipses, and I’m not PMSing, but I am really pregnant. Anyway, full moon eclipses are completely over-rated! Lol

Sorry to hear about the house. Everything happens for a reason, and maybe there’s an even better one out there waiting for you!

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laura October 21, 2013 at 4:45 pm

This sounds sooo yummy!
When exactly do the cashews get added?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2013 at 8:19 am

Just added it in- sorry! I forgot to say it should be added along with the rest of the ingredients.

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[email protected] October 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm

House hunting and book!! Oh boy oh boy! I know when I bought my town house I almost did not get it and I thought there was recession! I guess the market is hot even though they tell us it isn’t! Lovely cheesy recipe! FYI I am all about making copies I know all to well about missing letters at the post office.

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Sara October 21, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Oh no! So sorry about the house! Things do always work out in the end though so I’m sure you will find another house that is even better than the last! Can’t wait to check out your cookbook when it comes out. Best of luck in your house hunting!

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Dawn October 21, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Hi there!
Just read your post and felt soo excited for you as you were describing your dream home….and then the sadness of it being scooped up right from under you….this happened to my hubby and I 7 years ago….and thank goodness it did!!! We ended up custom building a wonderful home that we love !! My hope is that you will experience the same thing!
Best of luck !!!
Dawn

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

I could certainly go for a custom home! hah. ;)

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Me October 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Gosh, every time I read your blog I feel like we are living parallel lives. As a therapist turned writer who moved three times last year, I feel your pain. It gets better, but of course this is largely due to your off-the-hook-master-chef recipes. I don’t know about everyone else here, but you’ve been a lifesaver for us when we started eating Vegan/GF food two years ago. Several of our friends can attest, because they too have salivated over dozens of the recipes we’ve made from your website, to which we credit and fondly say, “Yes, well, Angela’s amazing.” Sending love and light from California!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2013 at 8:19 am

Thanks for your kind words! You know how to make a girl smile :)

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 21, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Butternut squash pasta is soooo perfect for fall. Love this!

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Elyse @ Lizzie Fit October 21, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Mmm I need to get myself some of this liquid smoke. I made tempeh bacon for the first time without it but if its popping up in more places than one I might just have to add it to the pantry :)

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Stephanie October 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm

This looks phenomenal. I’m assuming the plumped up cashews go into the blender with the other ingredients? I (feeling quite dumb) have read the recipe a couple of times and can’t seem to find where they’re supposed to go after they’re hydrated.

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Could I use some cashew butter I have on hand instead? Like 2 TBSP?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2013 at 8:18 am

Oh thanks for catching that – I’ve added it in :)
Not sure about the cashew butter – I probably wouldn’t add more than 1 tbsp at a time and taste as you go. enjoy!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks October 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm

The color of that sauce is just so vibrant and electric and full of LIFE! Love it!

And massive congrats to you for shipping your edited MS back to your publisher! What an awesome feeling. I bet you feel like the weight of the world has been lifted! Enjoy all your newfound freetime :)

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Tiffany October 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Congrats on getting all that mailed off to NY! I bet you can tell the whole thing word for word without even being in the same room… tons of work, so GOOD FOR YOU! Sorry about the house though. This pasta, however, is freaking fabulous looking. Perfect for a girl like me (butternut squash love, mac-n-cheese lover who can’t eat cheese).

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) October 21, 2013 at 7:47 pm

That looks sooooo good! I love your pasta recipes – they are always awesome!

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Catherine @ foodiecology October 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm

So sorry to hear about the house. But congratulations on mailing the cookbook edits!

This dish looks divine. I’m not vegan–and I’m a huge lover of cheese–but this sauce makes me question my devotion to dairy. Seriously, I want to make this now (and I just inhaled dinner).

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Mari @ Living with Purpose October 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Why did I never think of this before? This looks incredible.

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Jennifer October 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm

I was really sad for a while because shortly after making the original and falling in love with it I discovered I am sensitive to mustard. I tried to find another cheeze sauce recipe, but the vast majority included it. I can’t wait to try this, it looks great.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2013 at 8:26 am

You’ll have to let me know how this one compares!

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Jennifer October 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm

I just got around to making this (with the substitution of 1/2 cup canned sweet potato after running out of squash), and it’s amazing! I can’t remember the taste of the other one, but I certainly don’t miss it anymore! You’ve outdone yourself again, and I can’t wait for the cookbook.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm

so glad to hear that Jennifer!! Thanks for trying it out. :) I’ll have to try sweet potato next time.

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor October 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Sounds like you had a pretty crazy week. Glad you were able to share this creamy and delicious recipe with us. Good luck with the house hunting!

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Lauri October 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Boo. On the plus side, the recipe is totally delicious! I used some roasted sugar pumpkin left over from a pie, and it was terrific. Thanks!

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Celeste Simmons October 21, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I love your website! I love, love, love it! I read it for food inspiration and spirit inspiration. I love your openness and how accessible you are. I have really benefited from your recipes. You do glow, Angela. Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2013 at 8:30 am

Aw thank you Celeste, that means a lot!

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Brooke October 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Looks lovely! Can I use canned/boxed butternut squash puree? Thanks! Can’t wait to try :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2013 at 8:30 am

That should be fine, although I would probably use less (maybe 1.5 cups) since it’s more dense. just add to taste and it should be fine!

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Ari / The Diva Dish October 21, 2013 at 10:09 pm

This Looks INCREDIBLY comforting!

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Marina October 21, 2013 at 10:43 pm

I made this tonight because I had a butternut squash from my CSA. It was heavenly. I assumed that the cashews were supposed to be added in during blending, even though this was not listed in the recipe instructions. The sauce turned out really well and it was smoky and creamy and delightful. Thank you! Hope your house situation gets cleared up.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2013 at 8:31 am

So glad you enjoyed it!
Sorry about the cashews not being in there, it’s added now.

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jodye @ whole pure recipes October 21, 2013 at 11:39 pm

I have two huge butternut squashed sitting on my counter right now, and thanks to you, I know just what to do with them! This sauce sounds so lovely!

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Shelly October 22, 2013 at 12:27 am

It will still be good without liquid smoke right? Can’t find it here or is there something I can sub?

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Alex @ Kenzie Life October 22, 2013 at 1:34 am

I was so excited to hear you found a house!…I’m so sorry it didn’t work out, but I truly believe things happen for a reason and there HAS to be a one with something that one didn’t have! Congrats on sending in the edits! I know it’s OSG’s birthday month…just think of everything you’ve accomplished!

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Heather October 22, 2013 at 2:17 am

Sorry about the house Angela, I just finished the house buying process myself and I know how soul destroying it can be, but you are right, this squash recipe looks fantastic, so something good came out in the end. It’s just what I needed for that sucker taking up all the space in my vegetable tray in the fridge! Your recipes are so inspiring to me, thank you so much for posting them.

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Emily - It Comes Naturally Blog October 22, 2013 at 2:54 am

So sorry to hear about the house. We moved last weekend, everyone was surprised because we had kept it so quiet – like you we didn’t want to jinx it. I truly believe something better is out there for you. I’m off to roast some squash!

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts October 22, 2013 at 3:37 am

I’m sorry about the house :( What a stressful week all around. I’m glad the book has gone through, and at least this way you still have the hope and excitement of the *really* perfect house still to be found…

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Alex October 22, 2013 at 3:42 am

Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about the house. It’s hard to see things that way when you’re going through the motions, but just believe that there was something utterly wrong with the house that you didn’t find in it’s outer shell. Maybe the pluming wasn’t the newest anymore, or some major component would be breaking soon after you moved in – if the house really was for you it would have worked out. Don’t despair! Your perfect house will come when it’s ready for you.

– on another note. I need to go buy some more nutritional yeast and make this. My CSA box had lots of butternut squash in it this week, this recipe is meant to happen.

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Katie October 22, 2013 at 3:47 am

So sorry to hear about the house, Angela. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. You are wonderful and when it’s right it will happen. Who knows, maybe there were structural problems or something that will make you grateful it didn’t happen! Good luck with the search!

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Anjanee October 22, 2013 at 4:08 am

Sorry to hear about the house but I’m sure the real house of your dreams will come along soon. I think that life will always work itself out for the better and you will realize that later after you get over the disappointment. But I am super excited to try this recipe – might have to make it happen tonight!

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen October 22, 2013 at 5:55 am

I’m so sorry that you guys didn’t get the house! It’s so hard when you get excited about something that doesn’t pan out. I’m sure there are still many other perfect houses for you guys waiting out there though – just keep looking! :)

This dish looks so cozy and comforting for this recent chilly weather we’ve had! Where did you find the liquid smoke though? I’ve never been able to find it anywhere around here!

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Ekko October 22, 2013 at 6:24 am

Totally know how you feel with the house, my husband and I had found the perfect house for us and it was scooped up – I won’t lie we were bummed for a couple months. Things do have a way of working out and it just means there is something even better that awaits you.

In other news this dish looks absolutely amazing – I wish I could just eat it right off my computer screen! – I even have a butternut squash and I know it can sense me eye-balling it right now – Ha.

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Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat October 22, 2013 at 7:00 am

Sorry to hear you didn’t get the house. Hopefully, something else will come along soon!

This dish looks like the perfect comfort food! Yum!

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Bonnie October 22, 2013 at 7:40 am

Thanks so much for another wonderful recipe. I have a butternut squash and was wondering what to do with it. I am so sorry that you didn’t get your dream house. Way to go on getting the cookbook edited. I can hardly wait for it to be published.

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Jared October 22, 2013 at 7:53 am

Huge congrats on the book!! And here’s to finding your home, one that was truly meant to be. I’ve found it is very difficult to recite all of those PMA quotes and thoughts..but that having patience is that much more rewarding :)

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Christine @ Gotta Eat Green October 22, 2013 at 8:01 am

I made butternut squash mac and cheese this weekend too! It is the perfect comfort food. Sorry to hear about the house! The GTA housing market is nuts… but I have hope for you!

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amy w October 22, 2013 at 8:23 am

looks so bright and creamy! thanks for reminding me about using cashews as a creamy replacement for cream. “eat to live” has an amazing cashew salad dressing which uses the same principles. thanks for jogging my memory! nice thing to keep in mind while heading into the typically overload on richness time of year.!

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Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} October 22, 2013 at 8:35 am

Can you believe I made an adapted version of your original recipe this weekend and just finished it off last night? Crazy coincidence!

For the commenter who asked about a food processor; that is what I use and the sauce still tastes fantastic but like Angela said, it doesn’t get as smooth.

Sorry about the house Angela, I’ve been there and know how heartbreaking of a feeling it is. Hopefully you will find a house that is even more perfect soon!

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Vanessa October 22, 2013 at 8:48 am

This recipe looks delish!

Sorry to hear about the house, it just means that something better is coming and when it does you’ll say “and we thought the other house was the one!”.

I noticed you have a Nutritional Info link below your recipe but it doesn’t work. Is it supposed to? I’d be interested in the details if you have them. Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

Hey Vanessa, Sorry about that – it’s a bug. The nutritional info link shouldn’t be there. We’ll take care of it!

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Jen Grantham October 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

Sorry you lost the house. Eventually you’ll find something even better :)

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Cathy October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

I am new to your blog… and love it by the way. I am researching and reading everything I can find on healthy ways of eating and this recipe looks amazing. I LOVE butternut squash. One question…. why do you always soak the nuts before using?
Thanks…. and good luck house hunting.
Cat

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2013 at 11:00 am

Hey Cathy, Great question! In a “nutshell” (hehe), soaking the nuts helps them digest better. It also softens the nuts and makes them easier to puree in a sauce. Hope this helps!

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Catherine @ Chocolate & Vegetables October 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

Sorry about the house :( We are just dipping our toes into home-buying now and it’s already tough…this market is ridiculous! But that squash sauce does look like a good antidote to dissapointment, yum!

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Lindsay October 22, 2013 at 11:05 am

So sorry to hear about the house. That’s a tough blow. As a couple who are starting to explore the Toronto housing market, my boyfriend and I can identify with you and Eric.

As a vegetarian with a tree nut allergy, I was wondering if you have any suggestions for substitutions for nuts in your recipes. So many of them have nuts (totally understandable), and I’m wondering if you have any tips for modifying. Are the cashews essential for the flavour of this recipe? Thanks so much.

P.S. If you’re looking for new recipe challenges, I’d love to see snack/energy bar ideas that can be made without nuts.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

Hey Lindsay, The cashews are totally optional here – I should put that into the recipe. It’s still quite tasty without them! Let me know if you try it out.
Good luck with your house hunt…it’s not easy!!

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Melissa, The Daily Veg October 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

This looks great! I’ve always been a bit intimidated by liquid smoke, but after seeing this I’ll have to try it :)

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Katie @ Produce on Parade October 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

This looks great, Angela! I make a similar one with sweet potato. The smokey flavor is a great idea. So sorry to hear about your house! Don’t worry though, some day you might come to find that not buying that house was a lucky break. That’s what happened with Todd and me! :) Cheers!

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Amanda @SpiritualSweat October 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Yup, the perfect Fall dinner in my opinion! I can’t wait to make this one next week ;) This week I’m making your Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto, which is one of my favorite recipes of yours!

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Alicia October 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I always add a little tamari to my macaroni and cheese. It adds seasoning and a savory flavor. It’d be great in this! I’ll have to try this recipe.

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Cherie October 22, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Good luck on your house hunting, we are right in the middle of that too.

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Annie @ Annie Get Your Run October 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm

That looks so amazing, but I can’t access the nutrition info. :-( Could you check the link?? I’d love to make it but I’m following Weight Watchers and need to do the ever-important point calculation!

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Nicole October 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Wow, this looks so delicious! I just happened upon your blog today and I love all of your pictures, can’t wait to read more!

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Taylor October 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Made it last night, it tasted great! For lunch today, just reheated it and added some veggie broth to thin it out a tad and enjoyed it as soup!

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Cindy S. October 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Sorry about the house! Know that feeling as we keep getting out bidded too! This looks awesome – can’t wait to try as my husband can’t have dairy. I am so anxious to get your cookbook – keep us posted! Comes out March – correct? Thank you so much!

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kl October 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I always read your blog, but never comment, this recipe looks good.
I just made spag squash, acorn squash is on the counter, and next time at the store I will get butternut. Hang in with the house hunting K~

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

Thanks for your comment – hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

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Roger Damewood October 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I don’t know why, but I’ll try anything that has shell pasta in it. This recipe looks great. Great photographs too.

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Alexina October 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Wishing you the best! And hopefully a more relaxing week! Congratulations on finishing those book edits :)

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Nicole T October 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I’m really sorry you didn’t get the house. :( House hunting is tough. I’m sure you’ll find something wonderful when the time is right, though. Until then, many hugs and rock on with your cookbook. I am so excited to buy it! You’re such a wonderful chef; my boyfriend and I have never been disappointed with your recipes. :)

In the meantime… holy cow, I am drooling all over my keyboard. We are totally having this for dinner tomorrow night. Thanks again!

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Suzanne October 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm

My daughter has a severe allergy to cashews. Could I use almonds in place of the cashews? If so, what almonds would you use? Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

Hey Suzanne, The recipes can be made without the cashews – it’s still very tasty. I’m not sure if almonds would work flavour-wise, but if you try it out let me know. I would use raw almonds and soak them overnight as they are quite firm otherwise. good luck!

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Ting October 22, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Thanks for this recipe! I am thinking about a menu for my first vegan Thanksgiving and this looks like a really great idea.

I really hope you will find something else you love (actually I am sure you will). I think if everything worked out exactly the way it was supposed to, you wouldn’t appreciate what you have as much. :)

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Giovanna October 22, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Dear Angela I am so sorry about the house, but every thing happens for a reason I know is very hard when you put your hopes up but I am confident that the perfect house still waiting for you! Thank you for another great recipe !

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lisa October 23, 2013 at 1:32 am

I lost my dream home too…But then we found an even better home that made the first one look like a joke. We still look back and think, “Thank goodness we didn’t get that house.” I’m sure the same will happen to you :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2013 at 10:53 am

haha oh I sure hope so!!

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Amanda October 23, 2013 at 10:31 am

OMG! I did it yesterday and wow! Amazing!
I am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and just starting on vegan world and loving it so very much.
That was definitevly what I was looking for my nutrition!
I have already done 3 or 4 of your recipes, and I am loving all of them so much that I decide to add a comment to say a big THANK YOU, Angela! And please keep being that creative!!!
Wishing the best luck to your upcoming book (i will look for it in my next trip to USA, after early 2014) =]

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2013 at 10:53 am

Hey Amanda, So happy to hear this! Thank you so much for your note. :)

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raena October 23, 2013 at 11:14 am

“…nothing good ever comes out of a full moon eclipse, especially if you happen to be pms-ing”

Truer words were never spoken! Take heart, you’ll find the house that’s right for you.

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[email protected] focus October 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

Congrats on shipping back the book! That in itself must feel amazing- kale chips + chocolate were definately called for!
The house wil happen for sure, better than you imagined!

I LOVE this recipe, I like to combine pumpkin and butternut squash for a little extra kick!

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malsscho October 23, 2013 at 11:25 am

Angela your blog is amazing. Although I’m not 100% vegan, I make one of your recipes at least every week. They are all so delicious! Anyway, the SAME thing happened to my husband and I with the house situation (looked for 8 months, fell in love, lost to a higher bidder who paid more than 65k the ask!!!) just 3 months ago. I went in to a fit of rage and sadness and responded just the way you did … straight to the mac and cheez :) But I can tell you from experience, you’ll find something! We’re closing on our new place next week and it’s even better than the first house we fell in love with (and lost!). Best of luck with your house hunting! And keep on cooking!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 24, 2013 at 7:29 am

Thank you for your words of encouragement! That makes me feel so much better. :) Im so glad everything worked out for you in the end.
Thanks for your kind words about the blog too!

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Karen @ Vegan Coach October 23, 2013 at 11:54 am

I’ve just discovered your blog, and now can’t wait for your recipe book to come out. I’m desperate to make this recipe – I haven’t seen liquid smoke here in the UK, but I’m sure I can source it online if I can’t find it in shops. Good luck house -hunting!

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Alison (Fueling for Fitness) October 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

So sorry to hear that you lost the house – I can imagine how heartbreaking that is! Eventually, you two will see why it happened that way, and it will all work out.

While I LOVE your previous recipe, I’m super excited to try this one! It sounds perfect for the cooler weather as well – I’m adding it to our menu this week, and I’m fully expecting my cheese-loving husband to be blown away. :)

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Natalie October 23, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Do you think I can sub out the butternut squash for canned pumpkin puree? If so, how much do you think I would use? About a cup and a half?

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Karen @ Vegan Coach October 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm

This looks so tasty and comforting, and I’m desperate to make it. I haven’t seen liquid smoke here in the UK, but I guess I can source it online if needs be.

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Black Women in Europe October 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Hi! Have you shared a nut free version of this awesome recipe? My goal is to follow the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine’s advice to avoid nuts for my condition. Would I be able to substitute sunflower seeds?

Thanks.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 24, 2013 at 7:28 am

You can certainly leave out the cashews as they aren’t an absolute necessity in this recipe. I’m not sure about sunflower seeds as they have quite a distinct flavour. Hope this helps!

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Black Women in Europe October 27, 2013 at 5:44 am

Thank you Angela. Oh, I know how you feel about the house. We are moving to England next week and just learned that the house we rented may not be ours after all. Nothing to do but stay calm and keep on stepping out on faith! Plus I’ve already invited 8 people over for Thanksgiving. So at least I know I have your recipes. Big help!

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alixx October 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Hi, I was wondering if the butternut squash is more for color or taste? I made this sauce last night– I really liked it! It is that sort of food that grows on you as you keep eating it… which is dangerous. But, I didn’t really get any squash flavor. Maybe I missed something?

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Hayley bustos October 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I just read your blog and can’t wait to try this recipe! I also have to tell you that my husband and I found our dream house in September and we bid on it five hours after it went on the market and then by two different couples. I was so heartbroken! Then 3 weeks later I got a call from our realtor while my husband was in Africa telling me that the deal fell through and it went back on the market!! This time we had no competition and they accepted our lower offer!! We are sooooo beyond thrilled! Keep your head up because this house may still be destined to be yours!! ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Oh my gosh, what good luck!!! I guess that’s always an option. So happy for you! Enjoy your new home :)

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Stephanie October 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Making this now – yum!

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Stephanie October 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Do you think I could sub in roasted delicata or acorn squash? And (sorry) I don’t have liquid smoke or nutritional yeast. Do you have any recommendations for other ways to season it? (spices, mustard, herbs, etc…)

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tz October 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I toasted the kale pieces w/slivered carrots & cabbage and added that, as well as chunks of a baked onion, and about a half cup of really good chunky marinara that I had handy… oh my gosh is this GOOOOOOD! THANKS for a great dinner idea~ hubby kept making little MMMMmmmm noises as he enjoyed dinner!

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Dana October 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm

LOVE THIS RECIPE! The original is my all time fav! Squash waiting on the table for me right now.

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Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} October 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Made this for dinner tonight and OH MAN is it good. I used smoky chipotle Tabasco sauce, so I skipped the liquid smoke, paprika and chili powder. Perfect amount of sauce for 1/2 lb of pasta. This has to be one of the top 5 dinners I’ve ever made – so insanely delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

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Robyn B | Modern Day Missus October 23, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Wow – that sounds like a full on week. Don’t worry about the house. I think you always lose out on one before you find one that you think is EVEN better!

I have a version of this that I cook, but I’ve never thought to saute and add some kale but that looks delicious. What a great idea!

Robyn xx

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Dr. SexTalk October 24, 2013 at 12:31 am

That’s a bummer. So sorry! There must be a better house for you with a BIGGER garden and storage. Love your authenticity and realness on the site. It’s been that kind of week here too. So much I’m craving comfort food I never eat. Your site and recipes save my day every day and you make eating fun for someone who used to eat for the wrong reasons and eat the wrong things! This recipe looks to die for… I wonder if it would be good on spaghetti squash “noodles’ since I don’t eat pasta… maybe even roasted vegetables or something….

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Dee/reddirtramblings October 24, 2013 at 6:36 am

Hi, I just discovered your blog when searching for vegan and gluten free smoothies. Thank you. Your pasta looks great. I’m sorry you lost the house. Congrats on the book edits. I just sent the last of my book text to the publisher and drew the last garden plan. It feels good. I appreciate your recipes and look forward to your book’s publication.~~Dee

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Crystal October 24, 2013 at 8:32 am

Looks amazing…

Sorry about the house, I remember when I was buying years ago we lost a bid on a place and I remember my mortgage guy telling me to not fall in love with a place prior to papers being signed. Best Advice ever. Your dream home is out there!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm

haha yes very good advice, but so hard to do!! Thanks for the encouragement Crystal :)

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Stephanie L October 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

This looks fabulous!! I may make it without the nutritional yeast because I’m not a fan. I AM a fan, however, of slightly burned broccoli. Oh yeah. I will stand there and eat it off the pan. Easily.

We went through the losing the love of your life in a house scenario. We were crushed. Eventually bought a fixer upper outside of town and I absolutely love it, but it took awhile to get over the Pickard (the street) House (as we call it). Good luck, it’s out there!

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Amy October 24, 2013 at 8:44 am

What a surprisingly simple and comforting veg dish. The sauce is pretty simple to make and so tasty. Thanks for inspiring us with your delicious recipes.

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Laurel October 24, 2013 at 9:01 am

I made this tonight and omitted: paprika, onion powder, and nutritional yeast (just because we didn’t have them), plus I stirred in chickpeas at the end for extra protein! It was really yummy. I would note that 2 cups of squash makes a TON of sauce. We’ll have enough for about 2 boxes of pasta, which comes to about 10 servings for my husband and I.

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Ashley October 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

I feel you on the house stress! The process of getting the house we’re currently in was one of the most stressful situations I’ve had to deal with. So many ups + downs which have continued since the day we moved in. But, huge congrats on finishing up your book edits! What an amazing accomplishment! Kale chips + chocolate sound like a good celebration to me…maybe with a side of wine. ;) This recipe sounds fantastic! Love that sauce!

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Jennifer B.T. October 24, 2013 at 11:59 am

Could you post an article about nutritional yeast? I know you’ve talked about it in recipes but it would be nice to have “one-stop-shopping” for that information. Thanks so much.

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Anna @ Fitness à la Anna October 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm

This looks kind of like homemade Annie Mac and Cheese…only BETTER! Thanks for sharing :)

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Justina October 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I just made this for lunch and it is THE BESSSSTTTT vegan cheesy sauce I’ve ever had! I am so thrilled with this recipe. It seriously is making my day. This will be my go-to vegan cheese sauce in the future, I am sure of it! Thank you much for always posting AMAZING vegan recipes, Angela! And good luck with the house hunt, you deserve someplace special!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 24, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Hey Justina, Oh I’m so happy you love it! Thanks so much for letting me know :)

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Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner October 25, 2013 at 7:40 am

We just bought some butternut squash soup for me after my wisdom teeth surgery (and I feel like I can eat it), but next time I’ll come here and have some with kale! Delish! <3

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LaReine October 25, 2013 at 8:19 am

I made this for dinner last night with acorn squash since I already had one waiting to be baked and this is probably the best Mac n’ cheese I’ve ever had in my life!! Without any cheese how is that even possible? Haha you’re recipes always amaze. And I have a little addiction to smoked paprika since I recently found some at McEwan. I don’t know where they sell liquid smoke but I just loaded the paprika and it was pretty smoky!
Thanks Angela!! I’m making that triple layer almond coconut chocolate thing for sure this weekend

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Luv What You Do October 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

This looks unbelievable! I love squash with mac n cheese!

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Melissa October 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

A few curse words at the Staples Copy Center? That’s nice. People who make $8/hr doing an incredibly stressful job have lots of control over how often their machines jam, and deserve to be cursed out when their copiers betray them.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2013 at 11:11 am

is this serious? I was joking, not to mention I did the copying myself. Chill.

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kendra October 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Hi Angela!!! I made this for dinner the other night and we loved it! We added curry to the squash before roasting it and it was so good. I’m always so happy to see new salad and main dish posts from you because I know they will always be killer healthy recipes and taste fab too! My bf and I love your website. Thank you for all you do, its appreciated.

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starshema rash October 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Do I have to use cashews and nutritional yeast? i don’t have any in the house and im poor right now lol.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm

They are most likely optional ingredients…the sauce won’t be as “cheesy” but it should still taste good!

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Hanna October 26, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Wow this looks delicious! Two of my favorite things: butternut squash and cheese… can’t wait to try!

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Andrea October 27, 2013 at 9:58 am

I don’t usually comment, but I just had to because this turned out so well! The photos are mouth-watering. I used collard greens and topped with roasted squash seeds. Thanks for another great recipe!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 28, 2013 at 8:49 am

Hey Andrea, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your comment :)

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kimmythevegan October 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Oh that sucks about the house. I’m so sorry :(
You probably don’t want to hear this right now.. but I do believe everything happens for a reason and it just means this wasn’t your actual dream house and that the real one is out there waiting for you somewhere =) It will be PERFECT.

This dish looks fabulous! I just made your squash mac n’ cheeze dish last week and it is SO GOOD. One of my fall favourites for sure (that and the butternut squash kale and almond parmesan dish). Can’t wait to try this one out!

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Tina October 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Hi Angela,
Made this yesterday and my husband LOVED it and requested that it be his birthday meal.
BTW, with regards to buying houses and doing renovations, just read the most recent Discover magazine. In an article about chemical sensitivities etc., mention was made about house renovations being really bad for exposure to stuff. So just something to think about if you or your husband have any sensitivities or are planning on babies sometime. Might want to do renos when windows can be open and before babies come along.
Just want you to stay healthy so we can enjoy more great recipes!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 28, 2013 at 8:48 am

Hey Tina, So glad the recipe was a hit! Thanks for letting me know. :)

Yes good point about the renos and health. It’s something I’ve definitely thought about and will be very cautious of in the future!

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Faye October 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Wow this looks fantastic! Can’t wait to go home for break to give this a try (unless you can come up with a way to roast squash in a dorm room microwave…). One question though- the recipe says to only add 2c of the roasted squash. What do you do with the remaining roasted squash?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 28, 2013 at 8:44 am

Hi Faye, You mix the leftover squash into the pasta before serving (if you like, that is!)

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Melissa October 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Wow!!!! Just made this for dinner and ate WAY too much! SO delicious!!! Love the smoked paprika and liquid smoke – what a comfort food for a chilly, windy night. Thanks, Angela!

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Sally October 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm

The sauce turned out great! I added a bit of almond milk to make it creamier while blending and it tastes amazing! Thanks for the recipe :-)

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Franziska October 29, 2013 at 4:10 am

I made this with hokkaido, which is a bit more hearty. Loved it!

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marlies October 29, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I’ve been having food-envy since i first saw this, and I finally made it! It did not disappoint! I am so glad I bought some liquid smoke, it made the dish :) Pretty sure I’m about to become reallllly obsessed with that stuff :) Thanks for another amazing recipe!

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Kristina October 30, 2013 at 5:18 am

Hi Angela!
I’ve tried this recipe last night and it turned out great! :) I couldn’t find nutritional yeast, so I did it without, but still it tastes amazing and I have some left in the fridge for later this week. Thanks for amazing recipes, all the best!
Kristina

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 30, 2013 at 8:53 am

I’m so glad to hear that Kristina! Thanks for letting me know :)

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Katie October 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm

So I’ve been using your blog to plan my meals the last couple of weeks. This is the first recipe I used and it is seriously out of this world! It looks just like velveeta, but thank goodness it doesn’t taste like it… it is the bomb! I’ve still got some of the sauce left and might try it on a loaded baked sweet potato. Your recipes make being vegan incredibly simple. Thank you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Hey Katie, I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know :)

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Cindy October 30, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I feel your pain on the house. Had the same thing happen to us this summer, only we didn’t really get outbid, the seller just liked the other buyers better. We had our contractor over before making the offer, and I think the seller didn’t like the thought of us doing anything to their house. I was crushed for 6 weeks, until the house actually closed. Then it was time to move on. Another came on the market and we jumped at it immediately. The realtor and my husband kept telling me how much better this one was, but I wouldn’t have any of it. But now that the renovations are under way, they were so right. This is the perfect house, in the perfect neighborhood. The best one is sure to come your way soon. Good luck.

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allyne October 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Mmm! This turned out really nice! I did not have any liquid smoke, but the paprika was good enough. Also had no lemons, so I added 1/2 tbls rice vinegar instead. And topped it with roasted kale!

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Nicole October 30, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Hi! I found this recipe on Pinterest last night and miraculously had all the ingredients (except cashews), it looked so delicious I had to make it for dinner tonight! It did not disappoint! Yummm. I too love slightly burned roasted broccoli. So delicious.
There was only one little snag: I followed all the instructions but mine came out very thick, more like the consistency of ultra smooth mashed/whipped potatoes than sauce. I even went back through the ingredients/directions a couple times to make sure I didn’t miss anything! The only differences I could see is I only soaked my cashews for about 4 hours rather than overnight, and I used a food processor instead of a blender. It’s still delicious, but a bit heavy in addition to pasta. Not sure what I did wrong! Do you have any suggestions for thinning it out? I was hesitant to add more water for fear of watering down the flavor…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013 at 10:35 am

Hey Nicole, My guess is that maybe you just packed your squash in more tightly that I did. Reducing the amount of squash would definitely thin out the sauce a bit more next time. Hope this helps & glad you enjoyed it!

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Genevieve October 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Made this tonight with farfalle. I subbed almond milk for the water and truffle salt for the salt, and I layered on the Sriracha. It tasted amazing. I would probably water down the sauce just a bit next time, although I’d have to be careful with the proportions.

Thanks!! :D

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Karissa October 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Just made this for dinner tonight! It was so amazing! I’m so glad I now have an alternative to regular cashew cream pasta. This was really good served over Trader Joe’s Quinoa Fusilli Pasta! My boyfriend is now a lover of butternut squash thanks to this recipe. His previous favorite vegetable was a potato so it’s nice he’s finally found a new fave! Thanks for another amazing recipe :)

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Faye Michelle October 9, 2016 at 10:34 pm

I plan on doing this soon maybe adding chickpeas instead of cashews possibly! Tonight I’m making the date and butternut smoothie but adding chickpeas and pour it on top of quinoa!

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Amy October 30, 2013 at 10:50 pm

I recreated this dish earlier this week and used a food processor for the sauce. It’s the best vegan pasta dish I’ve tried to date. Delicious!! Can’t wait to share it with friends and family!

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Dee October 31, 2013 at 3:05 am

Can someone please tell me the portion size, calories, sugar and protein for this reciepe?

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Marina October 31, 2013 at 10:44 am

I tried this recipe last night. Tasted the sauce and thought, “OMG I want to put this s*#t on EVERYTHING!” This was my first vegan style mac n cheese and it was better than any others I have tastes. I will probably make the sauce for things like crackers and tortilla chips for snacking :) Thanks for the awesome cheezy tasting recipe!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013 at 6:11 pm

LOL is it weird that I heard the old lady from the Frank’s commercial saying that? So funny. I could put it on anything too! Even savoury oatmeal…yum.

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Faygie October 31, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I made this for dinner tonight, and it was fantastic! Thanks for another incredible recipe (your creamy avocado pasta is one of my kids’ most requested meals)!

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Brittany October 31, 2013 at 9:23 pm

This is soo delicious!! Being vegan for over a year now I’ve really started missing mac n cheese (especially around this time of year) and this did the trick! Even my husband (a non vegan) loved it! Thanks for another amazing recipe!! :-)

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Maggie November 1, 2013 at 7:00 am

You are the ‘Butternut Cheese Queen’!! This stuff is like crack! I can’t stop making/eating eat. Last week was the first time i bought a butternut squash ever, and now it’s most definitely a weekly staple in my shopping cart. WHO NEEDS CHEESE when you can eat this stuff!??! Sorry, getting too excited. This recipe made my year! Love it!

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kelly November 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

One More Cliche: it wasnt meant to be

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Niki Suber November 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I made this for my family of picky eaters and they all loved it! So glad that I can prove to them that healthy can be delicious. Thanks for the recipe and I love your blog!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm

So glad you all enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know :)

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Nadine November 2, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Hi Angela! I have been cooking your recipes for the past year when my boyfriend and I made the initial switch to a cleaner diet. I must say, your recipes never disappoint. Ever. While other recipe books make big promises and then create boring meals, yours are always delicious! I am so thankful for my best friend who recommended your blog to me-you are my number one resource for cooking and baking! The 3-layer squares-genius!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Hi Nadine, Thank you for your lovely comment! It means the world to me.

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Kat Henning November 2, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I made this tonight, and it was delicious!! Thank you so much for your great recipes!

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Joy November 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Could I use acorn squash if I don’t have butternut?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Hi Joy, They don’t really have the same flavour, so I would say it’s best to use butternut as i dont know how it will turn out otherwise.

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Rebekah November 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Thank you Angela for ALL your amazing vegan food ideas. Whenever I find myself bored with cooking – and being drawn to just lying on couch, giving up, I just hope back onto your page and snag a bunch of goodness to cook for my family. Thank you, thank you, so very very much. My family and I’s mouths and tummies and bodies ALL appreciate it.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Thank you Rebekah! :)

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Karina Stalheim November 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm

This was SO good! Thank you very much for the great inspiration, has discovered many new favorites.
Regards Norwegian non-vegetarian who suddenly discovered that she has not eaten meat since july .. And who does not miss it! :)

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Sarah November 3, 2013 at 9:20 pm

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe! It has become one of my new frequently used winter dishes!

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Kellie November 4, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Tried this recipe and I absolutely love it! I can’t wait to make it again for the holidays!

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Milla November 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm

This was fantastic!! I made it for my husband and I and we devoured it. Great flavor and spice!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

So glad to hear that Milla :)

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bree November 5, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Hi…just wondering what the nutritional yeast does to the recipe and is it really healthy?
Sorry about the house as well….if you really want something believe its yours already and it will come to you! :)

Love your website, food looks amazing and I can’t wait to try.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

it lends a cheesy flavour, but it’s optional in this recipe.

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Darian November 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I am in love with this recipe! I made it tonight and it definitely is in my top favorite recipes! So good!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Awesome! Thanks for trying it :)

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Sarah November 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

I made this last night and my boyfriend flipped out. And then he took the leftovers to work. Sooooo actually it serves 3. ;) Thanks Angela!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm

haha love that!!

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Leslie November 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

For those of you who are weary of cleaning a blender, I have just purchased an immersion blender and it is the best! No more trying to scrape the remains out of a blender or taking it apart to clean it. I recommend if your purchase one, go for the Cuisinart model. Their appliances always have powerful motors. I just made a butternut squash soup, liqufied whole tomatoes and even made smoothies. Just pop off the end of the blender when finished, rinse it off and that is it! Why did I wait so long to buy one!

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Nikki November 7, 2013 at 11:42 am

This is DELICIOUS! Thanks so much for updating your recipe. It is all the creamy deliciousness that a cashew-only sauce has, but with a variety of nutrition and quite a bit lighter (not on the palate but on the belly). Perfection!

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Kim November 7, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Hi, I’ve just made this sauce and it’s absolutely delicious, thank you for the recipe. Just wanted to ask do you think it would freeze ok? I won’t be able to use it all up straight away so I thought I might freeze some instead you see.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Hi Kim, I haven’t tried freezing it before, so I’m not sure. Let me know if you try it! Maybe just freeze a bit and do a test?

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Sara November 11, 2013 at 11:38 pm

OhMyGLOW! I finally got around to making this and it turned out amazing. I had a Lita squash on hand, and it turned out just fabulous. I was so skeptical about using cashews and squash, neither which I wasn’t a fan of, but they paired so perfectly that I am now a believer in vegan mac. Thank you Angela! The kick from the spice made it even better! By the way, I am so excited for your book! I am so flipping proud of you.

<3 Sara

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Suzanne November 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

So I tried this recipe with using almonds instead of cashews (my daughter has a cashew allergy). My husband and I loved it! Thank you Angela for another great recipe! :o)

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Amy McVay November 16, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Made this tonight and it was a hit with my omnivore boyfriend! I’m so glad you taught us how to make a healthier version of Mac N Cheeze!

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Wendy November 17, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I made this tonight and love it. I also pan fried tofu. Added broccoli… so tasty!

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liz November 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm

This looks so delicious, but my son has a cashew allergy – along with peanut, pistachio, egg and dairy :( I’ve seen a lot of recipes calling for soaked cashews… will other soaked nuts work as an alternative? Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes! While avoiding the foods he is allergic to is difficult at times, it’s been so great to incorporate more vegan foods into our family diet as a result!

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Lisa November 23, 2013 at 2:33 am

Hi, is there any thing else I can use to make this without cashews? And still turn out creamy. thanks

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Alana November 23, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Does this recipe reheat well? Would like to make it to take to a Thanksgiving dinner, but would need to make it the night before.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 24, 2013 at 9:26 am

You can make the sauce beforehand, but I wouldn’t cook the pasta and mix it together until just before serving. Hope this helps!

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Rebekah November 25, 2013 at 10:28 pm

I tried to scan over the comments to see if this has been asked, but didn’t see it…is there something (pumpkin or sunflower seeds) I can substitute for the cashews? My son is allergic to cashews.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 26, 2013 at 8:37 am

Hi Rebekah, I havent tried it but you might be able to sub soaked sunflower seeds. Or try just leaving the nuts out all together! Let me know how it goes.

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Jessica Powers November 28, 2013 at 7:04 am

Oh. . .my. . . God. . .

This is so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m bringing it to a vegan Thanksgiving shindig.

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Magnetic Cat November 29, 2013 at 2:46 am

I made this today and it is absolutely incredible. I just want to eat the whole pot at once!! I used chilli flakes and cayenne pepper (as I didn’t have chilli powder or hot sauce) and of course the smoked paprika (yum!) Also instead of onion powder I used two brown onions (chopped and sautéed with garlic and olive oil.) I also used garlic sautéed broccolini for the greens.
I’m so glad I followed your direction for the quantity of liquid smoke. I’ve never used it before, and I thought 1/8 of a teaspoon seemed extremely small, but I followed the recipe anyway, and that amount was perfect – I certainly wouldn’t want anymore!!
Anyway, wow – this is such an extraordinary recipe. I’ve never used soaked cashews before – they made the sauce so beautiful and creamy!!
I absolutely love your blog. Thank you so much for making such creative but also user-friendly vegan food. You’re an absolute inspiration and have given me a newfound interest in food and cooking!!
Thanks again. Lots of love from Australia! :)

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raphael December 2, 2013 at 10:28 am

I had trouble blending this and ended up using quite a bit more water but it was very good!

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Ember December 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I am making this tonight! I only have sweet potatoes so I will have to use those instead of the squash. It is nasty and snowing/ice here in Colorado right now, so no store run. Good luck with your house hunting from here on out!

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T December 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

This was absolutely amazing! Kudos to you!

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Susan December 8, 2013 at 9:15 am

This was delish! Made it for Thanksgiving and it was a hit! With the leftovers, I actually put some vegan chili over top and heated it up and it was amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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Jen December 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm

This recipe was fantastic, Ms. Lady. I used a half a shallot instead of onion powder, used absolutely no nutritional yeast, and my kale was “roasted,” so it was basically kale chips. I was afraid that this last fact would make the texture strange, but nope. This was a great recipe, and really pretty simple, too, if you’re one of those lucky people who has figured out that a kitchen without smoked paprika and liquid smoke is incomplete. It blew away the folks at my friend’s Ugly Sweater Party. Thank you!

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Yangyang January 3, 2014 at 3:04 am

Hi I have been a huge fun of butternut squash, and I found the best way to do it is just poke holes on the squash with a fork, and throw the whole thing into the 375 oven for 1 hour. It softens it and make it less of a pain to chop it up! :) Love your life and your posts! Keep going!

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Yangyang January 3, 2014 at 3:04 am

Hi I have been a huge fun of butternut squash, and I found the best way to do it is to just poke holes on the squash with a fork, and throw the whole thing into the 375 oven for 1 hour. It softens it and make it less of a pain to chop it up! :) Love your life and your posts! Keep going!

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Carry January 5, 2014 at 11:31 am

This was absolutely amazing! We served it over homemade pasta made with farro flour. The sweet/smokey sauce was perfect with the slightly nutty flavored pasta. Yummy! This will become a family favorite, I’m sure. Thank you.

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Jenna January 7, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Hi Angela,

Are there any other nuts I can sub for the cashews? Would pine nuts work? Trying to limit my cashew intake.

Thank you!!

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Tanya Kern January 8, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Where can I buy the liquid smoke? Whole foods maybe? Thanks :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

Hi Tanya, I think I got it from Whole Foods in the US…not sure where to buy in Canada yet. Your best bet might be online :)

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Tanya Kern January 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

Thanks Ang, I managed to find some at Whole Foods in Oakville :)

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Tanya Kern January 11, 2014 at 11:20 am

Where can I find liquid smoke? Does whole foods have it? Thanks :)

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Jen January 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I made this for my boyfriend (a meat eater who decided to go vegan for the month a la Jay-Z) and he loved it (I loved it too!). The flavors are delicious – I’d definitely make this again and don’t usually leave comments on blogs/boards, but this one deserved it. Thanks for the great recipe!

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Dawn January 19, 2014 at 9:07 am

Hi Angela

Thank you for this recipe and sorry to hear about the house situation too.

I’m a little confused about the quantity of butternut squash I need. In the ingredients, it says 3.5-4 pounds (1800 grams). Then you mention 2 x 450g packages (900 grams). Later in the directions, you say to add 2 cups of squash, which is less than the two quantities mentioned above.

Can you please clarify the amount of squash I should be using. Sorry if this sounds fussy, I’m just still at the stage of measuring all my ingredients to the nearest gram!

Thanks for your help!

Dawn

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Hi Dawn,

The directions are correct as written – sorry you are confused though! The reason the whole squash weighs more than the 2 packages of chopped squash is because you throw out the skin, seeds, and guts when preparing the squash from whole.

And yes in the sauce, you need 2 cups of the COOKED squash – remember that it compacts a lot when cooked.

Hope this helps and thanks for reading! :)

Angela

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Dawn January 19, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Thanks so much for your quick response Angela. I’m really enjoying your recipes. :)

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Anna January 22, 2014 at 11:58 pm

I just made this for dinner and WOW! It was great! I subbed a 1/4 cup of almond milk for the cashews and it was still a great consistency (probably a tad thinner than yours but I thought it was perfect). On top of the macaroni it really made me feel like I was eating real mac and cheese- one of my favorite comfort foods!

This is weird but the only thing I didn’t like was the color. It reminds me of those liquid cheese sauces that you squeeze out from boxed mac and cheese (velveeta I think?). Anyway, I just felt like I was eating something so artificial and unhealthy that I shouldn’t like it! Doesn’t make any sense and I still loved it anyway, just a random note! I feel like some crafty parents could trick their velveeta addicted kids with this recipe :)

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Hannah Rose January 28, 2014 at 11:32 am

Angela,

First of all, love this site, I literally have planned all my meals off of it this week. Tried the tofu pineapple coconut rice yesterday and fell in love! I was wondering if it would change the consistency or taste at all to steam the squash instead of roast it? Have you or any of the listeners tried it?

Thanks! Hannah

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nelia February 10, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Can I just tell you that I made this tonight and it was fabulous.
My meat eating hubby loved it.
I am looking forward to your cookbook as well.

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Lindsay February 23, 2014 at 9:25 am

Would this work with another type of winter squash such as kabocha?

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Jerry February 28, 2014 at 9:07 am

Thank you, I was looking for a tomato free sauce I could make with my pasta, I have not yet tried it but I am going to try it on a friend when he comes over, as he can’t eat tomato based sauces, and he loves pasta, I think he is Italian, though he says he isn’t :-)

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Corrin Radd March 4, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Made this today and my family enjoyed it!

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Britt March 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Made this last week and it was DELICIOUS! I was even able to impress my foodie boyfriend ha!

I made it without the smoke or yeast and it still turned out amazing. The garlic is very strong, but the hit wasn’t as present when I ate the leftovers. Overall a very yummy dish that will be added to my recipes :)

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Cassie March 20, 2014 at 10:27 am

This was the first recipe I ever tried from your site (and there have been many more since) and it has become a staple in my home. I made it earlier this week and then had the leftover sauce on a rice bowl with spinach, tofu, sprouts, etc and now I have two favourite dishes from this one.

Keep up the lovely work!

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Janae April 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Sorry if this question has been asked before but can the sauce be made the night before to be mixed into cooked pasta the next day? Thanks!

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Jenna April 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm

What could I use instead of nutritional yeast? I want to make this tonight but know I won’t be able to find nutritional yeast quickly!

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Kayla April 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm

I made this last night as my first vegan recipe ever and I have to tell you-this was amazing. The creaminess and smokiness of it was off the charts. On top of that, I posted it on FB and ~5 people asked me for the recipe and I was more than happy to direct them right here! Thank you!

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Robin May 28, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Made this tonight and it is definitely getting added to my list of favorite recipes! Followed the recipe exactly, other than adding a few cracks of pepper and a little more lemon juice to taste. This was the first savory recipe that I made in my 7500 model Vitamix (purchased last weekend). So creamy and luscious! Such a fun color, too.

To anyone reading this, make this sauce! Even if you don’t make it into pasta, it would be incredible poured on veggies.

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Julie June 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I love this, and so does my kiddo. I added chopped onions to the roasting pan and skipped the onion powder – turned out great!

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Serena July 27, 2014 at 6:02 am

oh good! It seems recipe italian! I’m italian vegan! ;)

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Alaina September 2, 2014 at 7:06 pm
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Angela you rock! I made a variation of this sauce tonight and we are enjoying it to much! I added a dash of nutmeg and served it over brown rice pasta. Your blog is a big hit in our semi vegan household!

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Natalie September 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm
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I just made this for dinner with roasted broccoli and it was amazing! Yum!

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Kati September 13, 2014 at 7:53 pm
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I’ve made this recipe a couple of times and it is SOOOO GOOOD! YUM! I actually added some gound bison meat to the recipe and it is just amazing. So creative! Thank you!

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Tiffany September 15, 2014 at 10:30 pm
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Angela, This recipe was absolutely delightful!! Thank you so much!! The only change I made was too sauté one shallot and one garlic clove and puree it along with the other ingredients as raw garlic is too spicy for our family. I highly recommend others to use nutritional yeast, I think it really brings the dish to another level. Also, for those that want to make the dish immediately but don’t have soaked cashews on hand – you can boil 1/4c of cashews for 15 min and you will be ready to go :)

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Laura September 29, 2014 at 5:44 pm
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This was SO GOOD. I have enough squash left to make another batch of sauce. Could you freeze the sauce? Glass mason jar maybe?

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Tracy October 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm
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Are you kidding me right now with this recipe??!! I just had this for dinner and it is one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. This sauce….oh, this sauce. I would eat this sauce in a bowl with a spoon and call it roasted butternut squash soup. Yummy! I’m thinking my lunch tomorrow will be a baked potato with this sauce drizzled over it. Sounds good to me.

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Lieke October 16, 2014 at 2:20 am
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This was delicious! Spicy and smooth at the same time, and super easy to make. I made it with sautéed spinach and it turned out great!

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Josine October 17, 2014 at 6:49 am
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What a great, decadent tasting, comforting dish! I’m so happy we’re having pumpkins here again! This pasta will be on the menu maaaaaaany times this autumn! Thanks Angela!

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Lisa October 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I can not use cashews due to an allergy. Is there another nut that will work in this recipe and the sour cream recipe?
Thank you

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Aimee November 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm
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EEEKKKKKKKKK!!!! I just blended this sauce together! WTF did I do to deserve such wonderful flavors in my life!! Truly the best! Thanks lady! :D

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Erin November 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Hi!
i’m wondering- can I freeze extra sauce? How long is its fridge life? I want to make a double (or triple!) batch to satisfy my child, my vegan self, and my single mother life!!! What do you think?

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Pouneh November 11, 2014 at 7:57 pm

This sounds yummy! I’m going to make it tomorrow. I had a question re: the cashew based cheese. The recipe calls for 1/4 cup cashews – is that correct? It seems too small of an amount. Was it meant to be 1 & 1/4 cup?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm

sorry for the late reply – yes that is correct :) Hope you enjoy!

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Sophie November 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE this …. Question I am in Australia is there any subsitute for the smokey sauce as I think its very hard to find here! xxxx

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Carolyn December 3, 2014 at 10:48 am
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Holy mother of god why did I wait so long to try this?! Just made the sauce and I’m eating it out ta the blender like a damn savory smoothie! Can’t wait to toss it on some pasta tonight with some broccoli!!!! You are awesome!!!

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kayla January 27, 2015 at 11:10 am
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I did the same thing! I had to slap my hand and tell myself NO! :D

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Alexandra January 12, 2015 at 9:27 pm
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OMG this is fantastic! I used a hand blender so the sauce was not as smooth as yours, but it tasted amazzzzzing! Thank you for this.

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Marty Aaron January 14, 2015 at 11:10 am

This looks wonderful! Have you ever frozen the butternut squash sauce for later use in recipes? Wondering how it would hold up. Thanks!

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Maya S January 26, 2015 at 12:52 pm
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My husband and I are eating this now. We used kale for the greens. And this is too delicious for words. To me, this is how mac and cheese always should have tasted. Love it! We will most certainly be making this again!

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kayla January 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

OMFG! that’s exactly what I yelled out when I tasted this sauce. When I saw that there was liquid smoke in it, I was skeptical.
I made the transition from carnivore to herbivore a week and a half of go and I’ll be the first to admit that I LOVE meat and especially meat cooked with liquid smoke.
I tried the recipe anyway, making no substitution except for using spinach, no hot sauce, and half the amount of chili powder (I find that recipes calling for chili powder call for too much for my taste) and HOLY MOLY I am in LOVE! Pretty sure this would please ANYONE! Looking forward to baking the leftovers tomorrow with extra sauce and a bit of bread crumb topping. Thank you!

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Ahmad March 2, 2015 at 5:38 pm
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I every time spent my half an hour to read this web site’s posts every
day along with a cup of coffee.

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Erica March 23, 2015 at 6:40 pm

This was amazing. I’ve never commented on a recipe before but just had to with this one. My boyfriend who isn’t vegan absolutely loved in and went back for seconds and thirds! Thanks Angela.

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Shirin June 9, 2015 at 9:50 am

Hi Angela!

great recipe and I’m so excited to try this but do you think i can replace the onion powder with onions? and what will be the conversion?

thanks!

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Marisa Nora August 14, 2015 at 1:50 pm
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This recipe is simply amazing. My 14-month daughter absolutely adores this pasta. She definitely has my tastebuds since she previously disliked regular macaroni and cheese (Annie’s brand). I love that she enjoys it as much as me because it’s healthy, easy to make, and can be made in large quantities. Thanks for sharing!

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Andrew James August 19, 2015 at 4:27 pm
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Made the recipe this evening and it was fabulous – thanks very much for posting the recipe. Will definitely be making again!!

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Chrissa - Physical Kitchness September 11, 2015 at 11:19 am

Hi there! I featured this recipe in my fall recipe round up post today at http://physicalkitchness.com/healthy-paleo-fall-recipes/
Thank you for the inspiration! 

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Anna Lee September 13, 2015 at 9:07 pm
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This sauce was heavenly! I wasn’t planning on having it for dinner tonight, but I figured I could make the sauce in advance and roast the veggies/cook the pasta tomorrow. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ll have much left by then as I’ve already eaten quite a few (huge) spoonfuls of it haha. I love that it doesn’t have any oil in it, and yet it’s still very smooth and rich. Wonderful recipe!

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Anna Lee September 27, 2015 at 2:27 pm

I just made the sauce again, and I can honestly say, this has become one of my favorite recipes. It was actually even better than last time! I didn’t add the hot sauce before but did now so I guess that’s what it was? Anyway, it was BEYOND fantastic and so hard not to pour it in a bowl and enjoy it as soup haha. Thank you for this amazing recipe!

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LadyDavis September 21, 2015 at 11:03 pm

This recipe is delicious! I just had to go & mess with it, though (not a fan of pasta), so I used spiralized zucchini instead. Super nummy :)

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Anna P October 21, 2015 at 5:26 pm

AWESOME. I made this even more delectable and used gnocchi. I also didn’t think ahead and forgot to soak the cashews so used Tahini. Still loved it and it will even better with the cashews next time! My 5 year old daughter loved it too. (I sprinkled Parmesan on hers)
~xo Anna

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Eleri October 22, 2015 at 6:53 am

This sounds delicious! I want to try this for dinner tonight but don’t have any liquid smoke – is it necessary or can I just omit?

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Rachel November 19, 2015 at 10:42 pm
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Delicious. Even with a can of squash purée and garlic powder instead of fresh. Soooo good!

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Cheryl Caplan November 22, 2015 at 5:49 pm
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Made this today – delicious!!! My husband (who is still an omnivore:( thought it was tasty:)

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Celia December 1, 2015 at 5:45 pm
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Um, water anyone? I even reduced the water and the recipe came out as thin as water…the pictures make it look all creamy.

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Carolyn December 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Hi Angela! I’m planning on making this for a Xmas eve party but I’m working day of so was wondering if you have any suggestions for making it in advance? Or baked?

I have made this many times since you posted it, I LOVE it! The sauce is so thick and rich and creamy and flavorful, thank you!

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Marie January 10, 2016 at 6:52 am

Looks fantastic!!!

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krislynn January 12, 2016 at 4:37 pm
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This is so SO SOOOO good! great! fabulous! I like it better than traditional mac & cheese :)
And your cookbook has become my kitchen’s go-to on a daily basis. Thank you!

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Cindy January 20, 2016 at 8:29 pm

This is so delicious. I was skeptical but loved it. Loved. It. Sweet and smoky. Yum! Thank you for all of the delicious recipes. Every one I have tried has been awesome!

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Jo May 2, 2016 at 1:24 am
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This is very good – I have had liquid smoke in my pantry for ages and finally got to use it. I was also a little skeptical regarding the nutritional yeast but this dish is delicious. Will be a regular in our house now I need to make dairy-free dinners.

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Angela Liddon May 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm

So glad it was a hit, Jo! (And that you finally got to break out that liquid smoke! ;) )

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Caitlin May 16, 2016 at 11:12 pm
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This was so good! I didn’t have all the ingredients so subbed chipotle for the liquid smoke (amazing addition by the way) and sautéed onions for onion powder. I also pulsed fresh rocket into the sauce, which made it like a creamy pesto – YES. Skipped the hot sauce as the chipotle added plenty of heat. I also used about 3/4 cup of soaked cashews, so it was super creamy. Will definitely be making this again – thinking about a sweet potato version for next time :)

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Angela Liddon May 19, 2016 at 8:14 am

Thanks for sharing those modifications, Caitlin! Sounds like a delish twist for sure :)

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Alexandra October 31, 2016 at 6:47 pm
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Couldn’t find any Butternut Squash at the market, so picked up Acorn Squash – still tasted delish! First time cooking with liquid smoke – two big thumbs up! This was devoured in my house!

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Angela Liddon November 1, 2016 at 9:56 am

Glad it was a success, Alexandra!

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Teri Eaton November 7, 2016 at 3:51 pm
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You have never let me down! I was searching the net for a recipe like this, and found it here. I should have come here first! I love love love every recipe of yours we have tried. Your book is my most used recipe book. Thank you again for a fabulous recipe!

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Angela Liddon November 8, 2016 at 1:01 pm

Aw, you’re too sweet, Teri! Thanks so much for the lovely comment. :) I’m glad you found what you’re looking for!

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Celine April 19, 2017 at 8:52 am

Hi! I was just wondering how well this sauce would freeze? thanks :)

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Angela Liddon April 19, 2017 at 8:59 am

Hey Celine, I haven’t tried freezing this sauce before, so I’m not sure! Maybe try freezing a little bit to test it out? If you decide to experiment, I’d love it if you’d report back and let us know how it goes.

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Emilie April 19, 2017 at 11:59 am
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I just tried this for lunch and OMG, it’s perfect! It was very good! I decided to replace the water with some smoked ale and it was delicious, my favorite vegan m&c so far! Thank you!

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anie April 29, 2017 at 11:59 am

Hello – looks so delicious!! You should build a company and sell these pre-packaged!!!

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Lita Watson June 26, 2017 at 6:10 am
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I love the color of your sauce so much! Do you think that spaghetti squash can be used instead of pasta in this recipe?

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Angela Liddon July 4, 2017 at 9:53 am

Hey Lita, I don’t see why not! If you’re worried about squash overload, though, you could also try zucchini noodles as another veggie noodle option.

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Emma October 8, 2017 at 12:14 pm

I made a variation on this with a kuri squash as that’s all they had in and it was blissful! I’d definitely recommend switching to kuri to anyone who finds this too sweet!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm

Oh I love this idea to change it up and cut the sweetness a bit. Thanks for sharing!

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Stacey November 29, 2017 at 1:07 am
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This is SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD. I’ve made it several times and just love it. Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2017 at 7:55 am

Hey Stacey, I’m so glad you love it so much! Thanks for letting me know.

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