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gluten-free cauliflower mac and cheese

Gluten-Free Cauliflwer Mac and Cheese Recipe

Try this lightened-up take on traditional comfort food fare the next time a craving for creamy mac and cheese hits!
Course Dinner
Cuisine international
Keyword Cauliflwer Mac and Cheese Recipe, Gluten-Free, Gluten-Free Cauliflwer Mac and Cheese Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 serves
Author Daisy
Cost $10


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 8 ounces gluten-free shell pasta
  • 4 cups small cauliflower florets
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • ¼ cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely chopped thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt plus a pinch
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 ounces shredded gruyere (about 1 cup)
  • 1 ounce grated parmesan (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free bread crumbs,
  • 1 teaspoon butter,chopped
  • ½ teaspoon paprika


  • Coat a 2 1/2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 400° F. In a large pot, cook pasta for 1 minute less than package instructions call for, adding cauliflower to pot 4 minutes before pasta is done. Drain thoroughly and return pasta and cauliflower to pot.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together 1/2 cup milk, flour, cornstarch, mustard, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, and pepper in a small bowl. Heat remaining milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat until steaming but not simmering. Whisk flour mixture into milk and continue cooking, stirring often, until thickened and bubbling, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Gruyere and Parmesan until melted and smooth.
  • Stir cheese sauce into pasta and cauliflower and transfer to prepared baking dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs, paprika and pinch of salt over top and dot with butter. Bake until bubbling and golden, 22-25 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.