For most families, macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Our house really is no different – except we have to have gluten-free foods (and dairy-free for me too). I’m all for a rich, creamy mac & cheese but I need more than just sauce and pasta!
That’s how this recipe was created. I wanted a loaded dish that is a meal itself with extra protein and vegetables. This grown-up version is tasty enough that the kids love it too!
For the pasta, I used a gluten-free penne pasta. Jovial brand makes a good brown rice pasta. Explore Cuisine makes a good lentil pasta. Plus, there are so many other pasta options on Amazon, Vitacost or at Thrive Market. Your local stores should have some options too!
To make this dairy-free, simply a dairy-free alternative for the cheeses and milk. I like to use Daiya cheddar cheese sauce packets, Daiya refrigerated cheeses or VioLife cheeses (for extra shredded cheese and the cream cheese). For the milk, I use full-fat canned coconut milk.