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Overhead photo of a gluten free macaroni and cheese in a black skillet.

Gluten Free Mac and Cheese Recipe

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Skip store-bought options, and make this easy, gluten free mac and cheese recipe with simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes instead! Vegan option, too.


Units Scale
  • 8 ounces gluten free pasta (elbow macaroni, penne, or other) – about 3-4 cups cooked
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plant based butter, or 3 Tablespoons neutral oil
  • 1 Tablespoon (810 grams) cornstarch or 2 Tablespoons (28 grams) gluten-free all-purpose flour (without xanthan gum)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk or coconut milk lite (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup non dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free bouillon (optional for flavor)
  • 2 cups (224 grams) high-quality shredded cheddar cheese (medium to sharp) or soy-free vegan cheese (see notes for substitute)
  • Optional – 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Cook the gluten free pasta to al dente, according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.


Taste/Texture Tips – Use freshly grated or shredded cheese for a smoother sauce. Bouillon is optional but adds richness without extra cheese.

Substitute Tips – 3/4 cup nutritional yeast may be used in place of cheese (similar to our vegan cheese sauce recipe) but the taste and texture will slightly change. Fuller fat non dairy milk (such as a cashew milk) or an unsweetened non-dairy creamer may be substituted for coconut milk.

Reheating/Storage Tips – The texture of the cheese sauce will change and thicken once chilled. Reheat in a sauce pan and stir in 1-2 Tablespoons milk or veggie broth, if needed.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 358
  • Sugar: 0.9 g
  • Sodium: 458.4 mg
  • Fat: 11.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.1 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 13.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 58.7 mg

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