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Dairy-Free Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese

This Dairy-Free Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese recipe is a good alternative to making a dairy-free cashew cheese. It’s simpler!

5 from 2 votes
Dairy Free Mac and Cheese in bowls
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Dairy-Free Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 670kcal
Author: Gina Fontana


  • 12 ounces (340 g) gluten-free pasta (penne, elbows, or other short noodles)
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) minced garlic
  • cups (150 g) cauliflower florets, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons (24 g) tapioca flour/starch
  • 1 (13.6-ounce/403-milliliter) can coconut milk
  • 5 tablespoons (20 g) nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons (24 g) diced pimentos (jarred/canned)
  • ¼ cup (25 g) vegan Parmesan cheese*
  • Pinch of kosher or fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper , to taste


  • Boil a pot of water and cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the minced garlic and cauliflower, tossing occasionally to cook evenly and prevent it from burning. Once the cauliflower is soft (about 10 minutes) whisk in the tapioca flour to make a roux. Next, add the coconut milk, nutritional yeast, diced pimentos, vegan Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine. Bring the cheese sauce mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Transfer the cheese sauce to a blender and blend until smooth. Add the sauce back to the skillet.
  • Drain and rinse the pasta and then add it to the skillet, toss with the cheese sauce, and serve. Garnish with more vegan parmesan cheese, if desired.


*If you’re not vegan and you can tolerate Parmesan cheese due to its extremely low level of lactose, you can sub the vegan Parmesan cheese for regular Parmesan cheese.


Nutrition Facts
Dairy-Free Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 670 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 172mg7%
Potassium 539mg15%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 248IU5%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Syde
    April 15, 2021

    I’m looking for this recipe. Thank you for sharing this recipe :)

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