Anne’s Not-Your-Average Mac ‘n Cheese

Anne’s Not-Your-Average Mac ‘n Cheese
This recipe was a feature from Debra's Natural Gourmet newsletter.  Next to pizza, I think good old mac 'n cheese has to be the most missed food when following a dairy-free and gluten-free diet.  Yet this recipe gets Adam Stark's seal of approval, "Adam says that Anne has created a creamy, dairy- and gluten-free mac'n'cheese worthy of the original.  And the vegetables sneak in right under the radar.  A culinary feat!  Anne says she wings it with the veggies.  All quantities are approximate, and you should always use whatever's fresh and fun."
Serves: 5 servings
  • 1 bag Tinkyada rice pasta
  • 1½ Tbsp Earth Balance spread
  • 1½ Tbsp sweet brown rice flour
  • ¾ c plain soy milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 pkg Follow Your Heart vegan cheddar
  • ½ c organic red cabbage
  • 3+1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 c organic broccoli florets
  • 2 organic carrots
  • 1 medium red onion
  • ½ organic red cabbage
  • 1 Tbsp oil for sautéing
  1. Chop the veggies into whatever sizes and shapes you like, but small enough to fit on a fork. Shred the Follow Your Heart vegan cheddar, reserving 2 tbsp for topping. Set pasta water to boil.
  2. Make a roux by melting the Earth Balance in a small saucepan then adding the rice flour until it becomes a hot paste. Add ½ cup soymilk to the roux and bring to a simmer. Add the cheese, and 3 tbsp yeast, and stir until it melts. It will melt, eventually. If your sauce needs more liquid, add soymilk.
  3. Sauté veggies in oil, with salt and pepper, until tender, but crisp. Toss noodles and veggies with the cheese sauce in an oven-safe pan, taste for seasoning, and top with the remaining yeast and reserved vegan cheddar. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes until cheese melts. Enjoy.
This recipe is Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, and Vegan.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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