Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese | Food52 Vegan

October 7, 2015

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese from Food52's Vegan Cookbook // Faring Well #vegan #recipes

Comfort food. This is something I thought would be cast to the wayside when I switched to a plant based diet nearly four years ago. Thankfully I stumbled upon a handful of food bloggers at the time that convinced me otherwise, one of which was Gena Hamshaw of Choosing Raw. Gena’s bright personality and creativity drew me in from the start. This was back before my blogging days, when I was only a reader. A “ghost reader”, as I like to say, because I never left comments or any trace of my time reading over posts of others. But I was there, soaking up what they had to share, and thankful for the time and energy they spent doing so. I feel a bit as if my efforts in this space now are, in a way, giving back to the wonderful community that gave so much to me in my early years as a vegan – wondering what a lentil was and why people bought containers filled with “fish flakes” (a.k.a. nutritional yeast). Choosing Raw was one I visited weekly. Now here I am, able to call Gena a friend, and tell you all why her new cookbook with Food52 is one to cherish. (And you can win a copy too! See later in the post for the details.)

Food52 is a wonderful group of people who, much like you and I, love food. They have created an astounding community of expert foodies and amateurs alike – creating, testing, raving, and craving all the good things edible. Gena is one of the main contributors to the vegan recipes section over on their site, and the pairing of these two recipe geniuses can only mean magical things when it comes to cookbook making. As of last month, this magic came true. Everything that is true to Food52‘s style (thorough, well tested, trustworthy), as well as Gena’s (wholesome, delicious, creative, balanced), is present in this gorgeous, approachable book. I think that is my word of choice when describing this cookbook, approachable. The recipes are beautiful and enticing enough to lure you in, yet simple and approachable enough that even the most amateur cook could navigate and succeed at creating. We’re talking peach crumble coffee cake, smokey tempeh and hummus sandwiches, the perfect pumpkin pie, five minute granola bars, and yes – macaroni and cheese.

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese from Food52's Vegan Cookbook // Faring Well #vegan #recipes

This macaroni and cheese is everything I want in comfort food. Full of warm, cheesy vibes thanks to the roasted butternut squash and nutritional yeast. The miso gives it that umami flavor I crave, and there is a rich undertone of smoked paprika. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice gives it a bit of tang, and the crunchy topping brings back memories of when I was growing up and everything that mom made was breaded and golden. I’ve made a handful of vegan macaroni and cheeses since veering down the plant based path, but never have I found one I loved as much as this recipe. This, along with so many others in this cookbook, is one I will be making on repeat for the long haul. Gena eliminates the need for a side by incorporating cooked veggies in the dish, and gives you the thick consistency you crave by having it baked at the end to golden perfection. I went the gluten free route by using a pasta made of quinoa flour, and replaced the breadcrumb topping with one consisting of coarsely ground sunflower seeds. The verdict? AMAZING. I’m pumped to get to share this recipe with you here today, as well as give away a copy of this stellar cookbook! See below the recipe for details on how to enter. HAPPY FALL.

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese from Food52's Vegan Cookbook // Faring Well #vegan #recipes

Reprinted with permission from Food52 Vegan, by Gena Hamshaw, copyright © 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

From Food52 Vegan, slightly adapted. Serves 6 to 8.

1 medium butternut squash (about 2 pounds)
1 tablespoon refined coconut oil
3 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped
1 3/4 cups nut milk*
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon white miso
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound elbow pasta (I used a GF quinoa variety)
2 cups cooked vegetables (such as steamed spinach, broccoli, or peas)
1/2 cup hulled raw sunflower seeds (or bread crumbs, or panko crumbs)

*The original recipe calls for 1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk plus 1/2 cup coconut milk. I used all almond milk and loved it, however both options should work wonderfully.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Slice the top and bottom off of the squash (about an inch from each end) and then carefully slice the squash in half. Scoop out the seeds, and place the two halves cut-side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 25-35 minutes (or until a fork is easily inserted, and the squash is cooked through). Remove from the oven and flip the squash cut side up to cool.

While the squash is roasting, heat the tablespoon of refined coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, until just starting to brown. Add 1 1/4 cups of the nut milk. Whisk in the nutritional yeast and arrowroot powder. Cook, whisking constantly until nice and thick, about 5 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a large heat-proof bowl and add the remaining 1/2 cup of nut milk, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, lemon juice, and miso. Scoop the cooked butternut out of its skin and into the bowl. Whisk to somewhat combine, and then puree using an immersion blender (if you do not have an immersion blender, puree in smaller batches in a blender or food processor) until nice and creamy.

If using the sunflower seed topping, add the raw seeds to a food processor with a pinch of salt, dash of pepper, and (optional) zest of 1 organic lemon. Process until it reaches your desired consistency (either a fine or coarse meal) and set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil (or refined coconut oil) to keep the pasta from sticking. Stir in the pasta and adjust the heat to maintain a low boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente. Drain well and let cool briefly.

Add your choice of cooked veggies to the large pot of pasta, then add the sauce and stir gently until thoroughly combined. (If not adding veggies, only use 2 cups of pasta sauce). Spread the mixture evenly in a lightly greased 11×7 baking dish (or similar). Sprinkle the sunflower seed topping (or bread crumbs, or panko crumbs) evenly over the top.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until the top is golden, and serve right away.

Win a copy of this amazing cookbook, Food52 Vegan, by leaving a comment below telling me your favorite fall comfort food! The contest will run for one week, ending next Tuesday night (October 13th). The contest has ended, thanks to all who participated!

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese from Food52's Vegan Cookbook // Faring Well #vegan #recipes

  • Sue Ellen October 7, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Any kind of vegan chili!

  • krystal October 7, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Oh man this recipe looks good! Can this be my favorite fall comfort food? What I love about fall (aside from the fact that it is a LITTLE less hot here in Florida) is dishes like this and soups, stews …. really hearty, warm, loving food.

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout October 7, 2015 at 6:28 am

    gorgeous photos Jessie! my favourite fall comfort food (if I hadddd to pick one) would be homemade veggie stocks and thick, creamy squash soups :)

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you Maya! And ooo yum – those are def some of my faves too <3

  • Theresa October 7, 2015 at 6:58 am

    My comfort food is chili.

  • Erin October 7, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Definitely going to have to add this to my fall recipes! My favorite fall comfort food is a spicy vegan chili with a side of cornbread :)

  • brita October 7, 2015 at 7:11 am

    I’ve really been wanting this cookbook!!! I’m a huge fan of butternut squash. In the fall, I find an excuse to put it in everything although i’ve never tried it in mac n cheese. It just has an element to it that’s sweet and comforting (especially when it’s warm and made into some kind of a suace). mmm!

  • Anja October 7, 2015 at 7:11 am

    hmm, I love the sunflower seed topping! there’s nothing better than toasted seeds and nuts :)
    my favorite fall comfort foods must be curry (full of veggies and coconut milk) with rice OR pumpkin coconut milk soup with a fat pumpkin seed oil drizzle. I couldn’t decide! but I basically love everything pumpkin which is why fall is my foodie happy time ;)

  • Joan Doyle October 7, 2015 at 7:12 am

    My favorite fall comfort food is soup, just about any kind! My Mom made the best soups. Chicken and beef soup were two of my favorites. They were hearty and delicious!

  • Grace October 7, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I may be a vegan foodie,
    But classics are.. Well, classy.
    So a favorite comfort food for me
    Is a bit of fried rice, you see.
    And banana nice cream
    Never hurt nobody.

    (But who has time for favorites?
    I love everything vegan!)


  • MK October 7, 2015 at 7:29 am

    I’ve been transitioning to vegan for the past month and come to your site often for fresh recipes to try! I also discovered Food52 a while back and had no idea you were associated with them! This makes me more excited! I love exploring recipes from them and reading stories from you! :)
    My favorite fall comfort food is a baked sweet potato with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter or honey (or both-let’s get real.) And topped off with toasted marshmallows. Omnomnom

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Aw no way! That makes me smile mega huge. I’m so glad you find my recipes helpful and reliable, I’m honored! And YAY for loving Food52. They are just the best. And I have to be honest – I totally went “omnomnom” out loud when I read your comfort food – haha! Gimme all those roasted sweet potatoes and marshmallows please! ;)

  • Julie October 7, 2015 at 7:37 am

    My favorite fall food is a wonderful butternut squash/apple/rosemary soup!

  • Alexandra robertson October 7, 2015 at 7:58 am

    I love pumpkin muffins :) This looks amazing and I am going to the store this morning for these ingredients! I must try it!

  • Kim M. October 7, 2015 at 8:06 am

    I don’t think my fall would be complete without the addition of something pumpkin, pumpkin bread, pumpkin granola, pumpkin soup; they are all my fall comforts!

  • Sarah | Well and Full October 7, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I already have the book!! Hehehe ;) But I’d have to say that my favorite fall comfort food is any sort of roasted potato! We always make them for family holiday dinners, and there’s just something about roasted potatoes that is so homey and warm! :D

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      YAY that you have the book! And yes to potatoes – you and my man Scott would get along real well, he is obsessed too ;) you potato heads.

  • Samantha October 7, 2015 at 8:29 am

    My favorite fall comfort food is a big ol’ hearty bowl of chili with cornbread!

  • Heidi Hess October 7, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Japanese hotpot full of veggies is my comfort food.

  • Allison October 7, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Chicken noodle soup!

  • Nicollette D October 7, 2015 at 8:49 am

    This recipe looks so yummy!
    My favorite fall recipe is butternut squash soup. Or any soup really. I love a big, warm bowl of soup in the fall!

  • Megan October 7, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Looks fantastic! I am one of those strange people who doesn’t like pasta. Do you think that this sauce could be used on other things?

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      YES. I absolutely love combining the sauce with chickpeas and then spooning them over a bowl of steamed rice and either steamed kale or roasted veggies! Its. So. Good.

  • Sydney | Modern Granola October 7, 2015 at 9:05 am

    This is so creative and gorgeous! I’m in love with how many vegetables Gena uses in her recipe. It sounds like a an amazing book. Can’t wait to try this!

  • Gena October 7, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Jessie, just want to say how touched I am by this beautiful post. I was a lurker/reader long before I was a blogger, too, and I still feel so intensely connected to those first few blogs that I found and loved and read on repeat. I’m really flattered that Choosing Raw was one of those for you, and it has been so inspiring to see your own blog come to life. I’m always so in awe of your images and your thoughtful words–not to mention the craveable, hearty, healthful food.

    Thanks for reviewing the book and sharing with your readers. And thank you for making that mac look better than I ever could have imagined! The sunflower seeds are an inspired modification.


    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Gena, thank you <3 your words mean so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed this post and felt it did your beautiful recipe justice. You are one inspiring woman and I'm so thrilled to get to share about you here! xo

  • Jess | Urban Alchemy October 7, 2015 at 9:25 am

    This sounds amazing!! And love the idea of topping it with sunflower seeds! Fave fall comfort food — anything with sweet potatoes does it for me. Hahaha love the ‘ghost reader’ reference! I can totally relate;)!

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Haha thank you Jess! I loved all of this. You’re the best. <3

  • alice October 7, 2015 at 9:26 am

    The glorious sweet potato!

  • Julia October 7, 2015 at 9:50 am

    How funny, my favourite fall comfort food IS Butternut Macaroni’n’Cheese!
    There’s a recipe by The First Mess which I normally use, but next time I will try your version, it sounds delicious, too!

  • Frances October 7, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Definitely pumpkin muffins. Any kind of muffins are my comfort food but when fall comes around, the air gets crisp, and the leaves change there is nothing like a good pumpkin muffin. 😊🍁🍂

  • Sue October 7, 2015 at 9:59 am

    My favorite fall comfort food is Indian dal and basmati rice!

  • Carolyn October 7, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Fall is the time of year when I start cooking things in the oven again, so I’d say a vegan shepherd’s pie/cottage pie is my favorite comfort food. Really, anything with mashed potatoes is what I mean!

  • Grace October 7, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I just got this book in the mail yesterday! I love it! It fell open to this exact recipe and I immediately became obsessed and wanted to make it! Your big beautiful pictures of this creamy comfort make me want it even more now! Looks so good!

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Aw yay! The book is SO good, I can’t wait to see what you make from it! And sheesh, thanks for your sweet compliments on my pictures Grace! You make my day, always – xo

  • Alena October 7, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I love using butternut squash as a cheesy sauce! It has that perfect consistency (and color) and adding miso or umeboshi and nutritional yeast make it so super cheesy and amazing. My favorite cold-weather comfort food is definitely soup- in fact it’s gotten much colder this week in NYC and I have to confess that I’ve been making the same butternut squash/apple/onion soup for the past 3 days :)

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Ah that sounds amazing! Come make me some?! ;)

  • Cara October 7, 2015 at 10:25 am

    This sounds absolutely delicious and like the perfect comfort food! And the photos are stunning, as always! I would say my favorite fall comfort food is chili, I love how its one of those cook once and eat the rest of the week for lunch type of meals! xo

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      You are too sweet! Thank you Cara! And I agree, multiple nights of chili is theeee best <3

  • Michelle @ Hummingbird High October 7, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Yay! I was a ghost reader for years too, and only actually started commenting fairly recently. I wish I’d done it sooner; it’s a lot funner and it really makes me feel a part of the community!

    Also this butternut squash mac & cheese makes me go all emoji with the heart eyes.

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Commenting so does, doesn’t it!? I’m so glad we both do now too :). And your heart eyes emoji just made me go all blushed face emoji ;)

  • Jessy October 7, 2015 at 10:42 am

    African Kale Peanut Soup. Vegan and SO comforting

  • Donna Stubbs October 7, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I have to add my vote for chili as my winter go-to, with mac and cheese as a close second. This recipe looks great and so easy!

  • Tamara M. October 7, 2015 at 11:17 am

    My ultimate fall comfort food : anything pumpkin !!!
    Cake, muffins, oatmeal, porridge, smoothie, pie , you name it.
    Fall is my celebration of pumpkin & pumpkin spice, there’s nothing better when the air gets crisp and cold to have some tea and a pumpkin treat !

    Great post as always xx

  • Karlie October 7, 2015 at 11:28 am

    My favorite is cornbread! Love your photography!

  • Lee October 7, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Anything pumpkin! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin chili, pumpkin pudding…it’s a long list!

  • Jo October 7, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    My favourite fall comfort food is apple crisp – as a kid we made it on the day we went apple picking and nothing compares!

  • Emily | Gather & Dine October 7, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I admit that I’ve been a skeptic of vegan mac and cheese, but if there’s someone who can convince me that it’s worth trying, it’s definitely you! It looks so luscious and creamy- I want this for dinner right now! As for my fave fall comfort food… is it weird to say crock pot applesauce with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream? I think it’s something about applesauce being in the crockpot for hours that makes the house smell especially wonderful in the fall.

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Aw no way! I’m so honored :) thanks Emily! I would love to know if you ever give it a try. And oh my goodness no that is not weird – that is 100% one of my top 5 favorites for this season too!

  • Sara Bourgault October 7, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I love to make lentil dishes…lentil stew topped with sweet potatoes, lentil loaf, lentil burgers, lentil chili, etc… Lucky my daughter love lentils :)

  • Nina October 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Oh, Jessie, you have me totally into reading and making vegan dishes from this book! This pasta dish sounds like the perfect fall food. I’m also noticing that I really love your writing voice. A real pleasure to read your posts!

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Aw thanks Nina! I’m so glad. And your comment about my writing voice made me smile so big! Thank you, as always, your comments make me smile! <3

  • Heidi C. October 7, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I’m a sucker for thick Pumpkin Soup in a variety of flavor ways…..sometimes sage, sometimes cumin, the herb/spice options abound!! :)

    Lately I’ve been eating a fair bit of Tree Collards, which is my new favorite veg. So awesome, it’s a perennial “tree” that grows up to 8-10 feet. The big leaves are picked and cooked like most collard greens. I’m now going to add the leaves to pumpkin soup! Thanks for the idea.

  • Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist October 7, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Your description of your early days as a “ghost reader” hit close to home. Before I started my blog (a few months ago) I was an avid reader of the few blogs that I knew, but I never left a trace. I was and am so grateful for the contribution so many bloggers have had on my life. One of my intentions in creating my blog was to start contributing to the community that I feel so benefited by. Throwing my hat in the ring has been a real mix of emotions. I tend toward the more reticent, shy side of the social spectrum and with this endeavor I have pushed myself to be more outgoing. Growing and learning :-) Favorite fall comfort food? Can I say all traditional Thanksgiving sides??? Must I pick one? OK, Rice stuffing…or maybe bread stuffing…don’t make me choose :-)

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Thats so awesome, Kathryn, I’m so glad to hear you have had (and are having) a wonderful experience with the blogging world, and I can say that I for sure appreciate your commenting a great deal :) so glad to have you out and about now too! Hugs xo

  • Kerianne October 7, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Oh my comfort food is definitely mac n cheese and I love the sunflower seed crumble! Delicious, can’t wait to see this book!

  • Sonja October 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    My New Roots has something similar, I have tried it, wasn’t my favorite, I think because she also used butter beans in the sauce it was too heavy & rich, will try this version, so I can give it a proper testing…………my comfort food would be veg.chilli or anything with lentils, lovely book……………

  • Elena October 7, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Autumn comfort food- so many delicious images conjured up but roasting up orange pumpkin and brussels sprouts with vegan mushroom gravy def work their magic for me.

  • Courtney West October 7, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    This butternut mac and cheese might be my new fall favorite! My go-to fall comfort food is a curry-spiced roasted butternut squash and coconut milk soup with a side of brown rice. It warms my soul (and my toes!). And I’m totally guilty of being a ghost blog reader, so I’m outing myself and saying Hi!

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Haha thank you for outing yourself Courtney! So so good to meet you! :)

  • Akshaya Bhat October 7, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Jessie

    I am a GHOST READER of your beautiful blog… infact many blogs, including Gena’s.

    Thanks for this wonderful work and your photos are stunning. We used to live in Fort Collins, CO and we love love love that place. The beautiful Rockies, Cayotes and everything about it.

    I made a similar dish just yesterday .. made it into a Lasagna, I did not add Miso to the Butternut Squash Bechamel. It was divine, and so comforting… Buttenut squash is most definitely my favourite. I am a big sucker for all squashs and root veggies… so Yay!! its Fall… Root veggie time…

    I hope to write more often..


    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      You are the kindest, thank you Akshaya! I’m so glad you commented, its a pleasure meeting you and I think your lasagna sounds absolutely TO DIE for – yum! :)

  • Jenny October 7, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I’d have to go with sweet potatoes, baked and slathered with almond butter or coconut oil and cinnamon. For my money there’s really nothing better.

  • Lizzie October 7, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    This vegan cookbook has been on my wish list since it was released this summer! My favorite fall comfort food has to be a delicious batch of pumpkin scones or a giant grain bowl of roasted sweet potatoes, quinoa, kale, and avocado! Yum.

  • Claire Tucker October 7, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Pumpkin (or butternut, or acorn squash) soup! With toast… : )

  • Lary October 7, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Mine is pumpkin bread! Does that count? :)

  • Amber Andrew October 7, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Does apple cider count as a fall comfort food? Because I literally live off the stuff (the good homemade kind) all autumn long! ;)

  • Natalia M October 7, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Pumpkin cheesecake gets me every single time! Actually just pumpkin roasted on its own, topped with cinnamon and maple syrup can do the trick most of the time.. While I drink chai, because I have yet to master a pumpkin latte.

  • Valerie October 7, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    ummmm….A big dish of Vegan Lasagna perfect for these lovely fall evenings! Thanks for the stellar giveaway! Cheers, Valerie.

  • catalina October 7, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    soups! vegetable mixed, pumpkin ones, beans, all soups!

  • Susannah (Lemon and Coconut) October 8, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Yes, this is definitely on the menu, yum! Thank you for sharing, I love your blog so much :)

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      You are THE kindest, thank you Susannah! <3

  • Joanna October 8, 2015 at 3:48 am

    Delicata and butternut squash are tied for my favorite fall comfort food. Baked/roasted squash is simple and perfect.

  • Jodi October 8, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Jessie these photos! So much cozy going on here! I love what you said about becoming a vegan + people eating fish flakes. I remember when I was just getting into all that too, and feeling a little lost – but all those bloggers out there who put in the time to share their passion made you feel like there was a big loving community out there. So that was totally comforting on it’s own. My goodness, favorite comfort food? I feel like my winter life is a season of comfort foods on repeat. But this might be so totally boring – but I have to go with toast. Winter mornings can be cold and dark, and a hot cup of coffee, good toast with nut butter + toppings makes them just a bit more bearable. Oatmeal is great, but a every now + then you have to treat yourself to some good hearty toast. This book looks + sounds lovely, I’m sure it would make a nice new addition to my new cosy kitchen (wink wink). Big love girl, have a great weekend x

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Right?! So appreciative of them. It made the transition so much smoother. I don’t even know what people did before the blogging world was a “thing” you know?! And can I give you an air high five for saying toast?! Cause I could eat that every day and be the happiest camper ever. I’m right there with you friend. Hope you had the most wonderful thanksgiving back at HOME, yay! Lots and lots of hugs xo

  • Lisa October 8, 2015 at 6:19 am

    In the fall I love almost any soup but especially those that have squash as an ingredient!

  • Jo October 8, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Fall favorite: Curried butternut squash soup with homemade warm focaccia. Yummy!

  • saniel October 8, 2015 at 6:57 am

    tomato basil soup and vegan cheezy bread. Or my sweet potato chili with cornbread!! YUM. thanks

  • Liora @ Allthingsloveli October 8, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Butternut squash is my favorite foods, hands down. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful!

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Big hugs and lots of smiles :) thank you Liora!

  • kym October 8, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Definitely pumpkin and chili are my fall favorites. Thanks!

  • Kate F. October 8, 2015 at 7:30 am

    There’s nothing better than delicata squash with almond-lime-tamari dipping sauce in the fall!

  • Rebecca October 8, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Winter Squash of all types! I’ve tried a few vegan squash mac and cheeses and none have lived up to the hype. I am excited to try this one as I LOVE so many of Gena’s recipes!

  • Suzanna October 8, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Top fall comfort food is tomato lentil soup with either turnips or potatoes and kale in it, not complete without some sourdough toast for dipping. Extra comforting if you’ve made a big pot and can have it all week!

  • Kara October 8, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Butternut Squash Soup. Hands down. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!!

  • Marlee U October 8, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Well, I know what I am having for dinner tonight:) Thanks for the endless inspiration. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

    Favourite fall food. Thats a tough one. Thick, stick to your ribs pasta dishes are always delicious, but I think my number one fall food is anything you can bake biscuits on top of.

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Aw yay, thank you Marlee! And heck yes to biscuits ;)

  • Emily October 8, 2015 at 10:36 am

    This mac and cheese looks delicious! I am trying to get my parents to eat a more plant-based diet and can’t wait to try this one out on them!
    Fall might as well be called “orange food season” since anything and everything orange seems to end up on my plate. I have a long and deep relationship with my pumpkin bread recipe, which I got from my 4th grade teacher almost 15 years ago. While it bakes, my whole house smells warm and orange, if that is even possible. This pumpkin bread is the perfect partner to a steaming mug of ginger tea and a viewing of Hocus Pocus. It is best shared with friends.

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      YES to everything orange, and YES to Hocus Pocus. The best (!!!).

  • Laine October 8, 2015 at 10:38 am

    That recipe looks delicious! My favourite fall comfort foods are homemade soups- squash, carrot, lentil, beet- I love them all!

  • Dagmara October 8, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Rice pudding is my comfort food. Especially the baked kind my gram made for me as a kid. She’d put plums or strawberries in it and whisk an egg and pour it on top before baking. It turned out like a yummy fried rice/pudding hybrid. Just made some earlier this week. I love any type of porridge, be it rice or oats.

  • Lane | Green Spirit Adventures October 8, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I’m drooling a little bit over this recipe. I love anything with butternut squash and this sounds purely amazing. I can’t wait to try it! And your photography, as always, is so beautiful!!
    Fall is my favorite season ever – everything is so comfy and cozy. Soup (of any kind) is definitely one of my all-time favorite comfort foods, but I’m also a huge fan of mashed sweet potatoes or squash. And apple muffins. Okay, I can’t pick a favorite, the abundance of autumn produce is just too perfect!

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      Aw thank you Lane! And haha thats okay, you don’t have to pick a favorite – it can be too hard this time of year! Your list here sounds terrific though! <3

  • Lauren October 8, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I truly love reading your blog and looking at your beautiful photos :) I am addicted to butternut squash at the moment and have been looking for a good butternut squash mac and cheese recipe to try for some time. This one sounds wonderful! My current favorite fall comfort food is a gluten free pizza made with a nutty almond/ flax crust, sage pesto, roasted butternut squash slices and fire roasted red peppers.

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      You are the sweetest, thank you for commenting and for making my mouth water with the description of that pizza – YUM – xo

  • alexe October 8, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Fall isn’t complete with a nice bowl of chili with a side of cornbread. Yummm! :)

  • Juliet October 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Yummy!! I need to try this.
    My fav Fall comfort food is homemade sweet potato and lentil soup

  • Ashley October 8, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Hello! Would subbing a fresh pumpkin for the butternut still be good?

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      I’ve never tried it but have heard good things about pumping mac and cheese sauces! So I’d say go for it ;)

  • Ashley October 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Mom’s Chicken and Dumplins! xx

  • Elizabeth October 8, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    What an amazingly creamy and delicious looking recipe! Thanks for it, definitely trying this one out soon :)
    My favourite fall comfort food is some sort of roasted veggie soup – be it butternut squash, creamy cauliflower, or roasted red pepper! I love it all!

  • KJ | Omnomherbivore October 8, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I’ve been tempted to try this cookbook!! I already bought my 2 for the next little bit (gotta pace myself!) so maybe I’ll pick this up in my next order :)
    My favorite fall comfort food…. sweetened baked yams with nuts and coconut or Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal (my fav to eat before going boarding… so maybe that makes it a fave winter dish… oh well! I love it!!).
    Your pics girl, you nail it!

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you KJ! That sounds delish. And I hear you, gotta pace yourself! But Christmas is coming up ;) yay!

  • Sophie | The Green Life October 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    This mac and cheese looks SO cozy and delicious! And I love these photos Jessie! I’ve had my eyes on this book for a few weeks now. Looks like it’s a wonderful addition to any plant-based kitchen. It was so funny reading about your experience as a ghost reader as I’ve been one for so long and only started commenting recently. It makes the whole blogging experience so much more enjoyable. :) Best fall comfort food? So hard to pick just one. But I’d probably say squash soup (especially butternut squash, my favorite). <3

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you Sophie! And I know right, it makes the experience so wonderful, commenting and the relationships formed from it (like you and I’s) are the best <3 super appreciate you friend! And high fives for butternut soup, SO GOOD.

  • Anna October 9, 2015 at 5:31 am

    omg I’m so hungry now!!


  • gail October 9, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Comfort food: roasted veggies, cauliflower korma, gingerbread…

  • Niki October 10, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    That mac and cheese looks amazing!!!! While I love soups, stews, and chilli’s, my favourite comfort food of all time has to be a big bowl of mashed potatoes with (vegan) gravy. mmmmm.

  • Nicole Brooks October 10, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Fall bliss = carrot ginger soup

  • Celia October 10, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    my go-to fall comfort food is roasted butternut squash drizzled with tahini…or my aunt’s apple cake…or pumpkin pie…or apple ginger crumble. I LOVE IT (f)ALL!!!

  • Jessica Kirby October 11, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Jessie i love your style and cant wait to try the mac and cheese. My comfort food has always been homemade baked beans.

    • Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you Jess! You’re too kind. And goodness those sound so good right now.

  • Jeanine October 12, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Red lentil soup!!

  • Erin October 12, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Yum! I love making stuffed cabbage rolls when the weather cools down.

  • Xina October 12, 2015 at 11:37 am

    yummmm this looks amazing. every autumn i make these pumpkin spice cookies with icing and they are my absolute favourite!! best comfort food ever.

  • Ashley October 12, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Stew of any kind! Yum! Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  • Jennifer October 12, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    My favorite fall comfort food is actually hot chocolate, vegan of course. But for an actual food I would have to say pumpkin soup.

  • Roxana October 12, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Soup! Squash soup, potato soup, bean soup…I love it all, especially when there are leftovers for lunch!

  • Mackenzie October 12, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Muffins! Any kind of baked good really, but especially muffins with tea or coffee.

  • Tracy P October 12, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I look forward to Butternut Squash Lasagna every year!

  • jillian October 12, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I think my favorite fall comfort food is curry–especially with the fall vegetables like squash and sweet potatoes, it’s just THE BEST.

  • Emma October 13, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Sweet potatoes!

  • Jennifer October 13, 2015 at 7:14 am

    It sounds boring, but my favorite cool weather comfort food is oatmeal. With a healthy dose of cinnamon, of course. Cinnamon makes everything better ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway and the great recipe. I’m looking to expand my vegetarian diet and this helps immensely. The awesome photos don’t hurt either :)

  • Stefanie October 13, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Apple Pie

  • Julie October 13, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Roasted fall veggies – especially butternut squash!

  • Cindy October 13, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I love anything pasta, so am really excited to try this beautiful mac and cheese! One of my (many) fav fall foods is baked apples with cinnamon, & soaked raisins in the center, drizzled with maple syrup. Top with some cashew cream when serving, for extra decadence. Hmm, I just thought of that last part. Yum. Love your post, and recipes. Thanks!

  • Terri Cole October 13, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I am all about soups this time of year. A few favorites are lentil, ribolita and a veganized version of a farro, mushroom, sausage and escarole soup that is on the Whole Foods site. Wow, is it amazing!

    I switched to a plant-based diet about 3 1/2 years ago. I’m still a “ghost reader” although I’ve been considering starting a blog.

  • Dana October 13, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    My favorite would have to be pumpkin pie.

  • Lynne W October 13, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Green bean casserole. It was the first truly “from-scratch” recipe I made after I went gluten free and learned that cream of mushroom soup has wheat in it. I can eat pans of this stuff – thank goodness it’s vegan and good for me!

  • Rae October 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Wow this looks so so so delicious! I will definitely try to make this recipe this fall as it is such a hearty cold weather meal. Thanks for the recipe!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  • Madison April 8, 2016 at 11:59 am

    This is honestly one of both my and my husband’s favorite dinners. The last time I made it (I’ve probably made it close to half a dozen times now), since we are not actually vegan, I substituted the nutritional yeast with half a cup of gouda/cheddar cheese. It turned out just as good! And side note–I like adding a little cayenne pepper and just a small bit of extra garlic. Thank you so much for this great recipe.

  • Talia December 18, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Just made this for the fourth time… I have tried your other mac n cheese and its good but this is heavenly! Perfection in my opinion… :)

    • Faring Well December 19, 2017 at 8:10 am

      So glad you are enjoying it tons Talia! Yay!

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