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Gluten-Free Vegetarian Mac and Cheese

Agnes Laurens is a writer for her local newspaper. She is married and has three daughters. She loves cooking in her free time.

Gluten-free mac and cheese

Gluten-free mac and cheese

Gluten-Free Cooking

I've come to believe that my middle daughter may have a gluten allergy or sensitivity; we noticed that every time she ate gluten products she would feel a little bit sick. Since switching her to a gluten-free diet, she's felt much better. Now, when I go to the store, I shop for gluten-free products. I feel lucky that my grocery store in The Netherlands has a gluten-free department. If your local store doesn't carry these types of items, you can find many options online.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

40 min

about 6 servings


  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into small florets
  • 5 tablespoons mild olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 300 grams gluten-free penne rigate
  • 200 grams vegetarian strips of bacon
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free wheat flour
  • 175 grams aged Gouda cheese, grated


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove and cook the gluten-free penne rigate pasta according to the instructions.
  3. In a separate pan with water, add the chopped cauliflower. Cook until the cauliflower has softened but isn't too soft.
  4. In a bowl, mix the vegetarian bacon and cheese.
  5. Oil a large baking dish. When the pasta and cauliflower are done, mix them together in the baking dish. Add the vegetarian bacon and cheese. Mix well.
  6. Bake for about 35 minutes.


  • If you don't need this recipe to be gluten-free, you can substitute wheat-based pasta.
  • If you don't need the mac and cheese to be vegetarian, you can substitute real bacon.
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