This dairy-free mac and cheese was a “main course” recipe entry in the So Delicious Dairy Free 3-Course Recipe Contest, submitted by reader Alana. For the creamy base, she whisks flour with Coconut Milk Beverage from So Delicious.

Special Diet Notes & Options: Dairy-Free Mac and Cheese

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Just use caution when selecting a dairy-free cheese alternative. Many brands of dairy-free and vegan “shreds” are now free of gluten and the top eight allergens.

Also, for gluten-free, be sure to select a gluten-free pasta. There are many types available, from corn-, to brown rice-, to bean-based.

Grownup Dairy-Free Mac and Cheese
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This recipe was submitted by Alana for the Go Dairy Free So Delicious Dairy Free 3-Course Recipe Contest.
Serves: 3 to 4 servings
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 tablespoons flour (or use sweet white rice flour for gluten-free)
  • 2 cups So Delicious Dairy Free Unsweetened Original Coconut Milk Beverage
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, or more if you like it spicy!
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup dairy-free white cheddar cheese alternative
  • 4 to 6 cups cooked penne or any type of pasta (wheat-based or gluten-free)
  • Parsley, for decoration
  1. Sauté garlic in oil on medium-high until golden. This will take only seconds.
  2. Add flour and stir to thicken into a paste.
  3. Add milk beverage slowly, stirring constantly, this will thicken the mixture faster and prevent lumps.
  4. Add mustard, hot sauce and seasonings. Taste and adjust if needed.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes on medium low heat to thicken. Stir every few minutes so as not to burn the sauce.
  6. Add cheese and stir to incorporate to a thick sauce.
  7. Pour over cooked pasta, stir to mix. Dress with large parsley leaves.