Turmeric and Parsnip Mac and Cheese Bowl with Bread Crumb Topping

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It looks and tastes like a classic American mac and cheese, but with a fraction of the fat and no actual cheese! Pureed parsnips, turmeric and “nootch” (aka nutritional yeast) blend into the half-and-half for texture, flavor and color. Try it with cashew milk or cream for a fully vegan option.


Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Step 2

In a medium pot, sauté onion and turmeric in olive oil for 3-4 minutes until slightly opaque. Add the parsnips and half and half then bring to a simmer and cook until tender; season with salt and white pepper. When the parsnips are cooked, add the nutritional yeast and puree until smooth.

Step 3

In a small bowl, combine the panko, parsley, garlic powder and paprika, then place into a large skillet with olive oil. Toast for 2 minutes or until slightly browned.

Step 4

Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain 1 minute under required cooking time and toss with the sauce.

Step 5

Portion pasta into bowls then top with bread crumbs.


  • 3 lbs Barilla® Cellentani
  • 3 cups diced parsnips
  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 ea medium onions
  • 3 tbsp tumeric
  • 6 cups half and half
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Ingredients for the bread crumbs:
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup panko
  • 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 156g
Servings Per Container 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 350
Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12gg
Saturated Fat 5gg
Trans Fat 0gg
Cholesterol 20mgmg
Sodium 45mgmg
Total Carbohydrate 51gg
Dietary Fiber 3gg
Sugars 6gg
Protein 10gg

Vitamin A %
Vitamin C %
Calcium %
Iron 2mg%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.