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Grain-Free Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Use cassava noodles — or any gluten-free pasta — in this comforting hot dish.
gluten free mac and cheese recipe
  • Makes 6 to 8 servings
  • Prep Time 15 minutes
  • Cook Time 40 minutes


  • 1 8-oz. box cassava pasta (or other grain-free pasta)
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 14.5-oz. can coconut milk
  • 1 ½ tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ lb. white cheddar cheese, grated
  • ½ lb. feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 ½ cups chopped Swiss chard or spinach

Almond-Cheddar Topping

  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup grated white cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Cook the pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Add the cauliflower for the last six minutes. Drain.
Meanwhile, heat a large pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat until shimmering, then add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the coconut milk, mustard powder, onion powder, and ½ teaspoon salt, and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer.
Add ½ pound white cheddar and half of the feta cheese, and stir to combine. Remove sauce from heat.
Place the pasta, cauliflower, and greens in a 9-x-13-inch baking dish, and stir to mix. Pour the cheese sauce over the top and sprinkle with the remaining feta.
Mix the almond flour, ¼ cup white cheddar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and ¼ teaspoon sea salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the dish and bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Let cool 10 minutes, then serve.

Photography by: Terry Brennan

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