This completely vegan side dish (we couldn’t believe it was vegan either) is just as creamy and luscious as a cheese-laced version. It’s just one of the many dairy- and meat-free options available at Evolve, a newish Takoma cafe from Dr. Baruch, the same chef behind Everlasting Life.

Crispy Bits
The macaroni and “cheese” is baked at 350 degrees for a crispy top.

Herbs
A sprinkling of dried oregano and paprika tops the dish.

Noodles
Elbow macaroni is pre-cooked and smothered with the vegan cheeselike sauce.

Sauce
Made from soy milk, nutritional yeast, garlic and safflower oil, this cheeselike sauce binds the macaroni together.