BLE-Friendly Cheesy Noodles (Vegan, GF, Oil-Free!)

I know, it seems to good to be true, but it’s not! If you’re following the BLE food plan, the best part about this is that a serving of this decadent, creamy goodness counts only as protein. Yes BLEers, that means you can still have your fat serving with a big salad or big pile of roasted veggies on the side. Amazing, right? Or, use your fat or protein serving to make it extra cheesy. 🙂

This is a perfect dinner for those crave-y days when willpower is low and you’d rather turn to BLE-compliant comfort food than end up face down in something that will make you feel gross afterwards. This dish manages to be light rather than heavy, while also being creamy, and satisfying.

There are tons of BLE-compliant pastas out there these days, check the Bright Line Eating FAQ for the specifics on how to tell if a brand is compliant. Generally compliant brands are made from legumes and high in protein. My favorite is chickpea or lentil pasta, I think they have the best texture. 6 oz of legume pasta = 1 protein serving.

The sauce is really simple and tasty, and comes together in 1 minute. It counts only as condiments in the BLE food plan, which is awesome. I use plant-based milk for creaminess, nutritional yeast for “cheesiness,” white miso for a bit of umami, garlic and onion powder for flavor, and a bit of arrowroot powder to thicken. No need to cook this sauce, just stir it in a cup with a fork and pour over the cooked pasta. Boom.

BLE-Friendly Cheesy Noodles

Protein
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Recipe From: Katie’s Conscious Kitchen

Ingredients

Protein

  • 6 oz cooked legume pasta my favorite is chickpea pasta

Cheesy Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp plant based milk of choice
  • 1 tsp white miso paste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp arrowroot powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • Stir the sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  • Add hot pasta to the sauce and stir. The heat from the pasta will thicken the sauce. If the sauce is too thin, add arrowroot powder 1/8 tsp at a time. If it's too thick, add milk to thin.
  • Add veggies like peas or broccoli florets if desired.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste

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For an even more indulgent maintenance meal, use your fat serving to add 1 oz of cream cheese into the sauce. You could also use part (or all) of your protein to add more cheese into it.

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9 Comments

  1. Deb Davis

    Can’t wait to try this!!!

  2. This looks amazing…I think you may have a typo though. In the explanation you mention that 6 oz of cooked legume pasta is a protein, but in the recipe you only list 4 oz. Thanks for continuing to create such amazing food and recipes. I am almost 2 years in and live by your recipes on repeat almost everyday! Thank you!!!!

    • Whoops, your right it’s 6 oz. Thanks for pointing that out Marla! It’s habit because I usually count pasta as grain on maintenance and I do 4 oz. I fixed it in the recipe, should be correct now.

  3. Does the milk also not count as protein?

    • Technically it does, but it’s such a small amount that I don’t bother. You can count it as 1/6 of a protein if you want to deal with that math. I always count a couple of TBSP of milk as a condiment.

  4. Blending steamed cauliflower into the sauce will stretch out the creamy goodness without taking away from fat serving also. 🙂

  5. Manuela Paronzini

    Hello Katie! Regarding your BLE-Friendly Cheesy Noodles I’d like to know what brand you’ve used for the chickpea pasta. Also, confirm to me if 6oz of pasta is the correct amount for one serving. Thank you, very much:)

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