Allergy friendly comfort food at its best! This vegan Sun Dried Tomato Dairy-Free Mac and Cheese comes together in under 30 minutes and is DELICIOUS
This post has been sponsored by Silk®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This time of year is perfect for some warm and easy-to-make comfort food, like this allergy friendly Sun Dried Tomato Dairy-Free Mac and Cheese. This whole recipe comes together in under 30 minutes, and it’s dairy free and gluten free!
The dairy-free creaminess of this great weeknight meal comes from the newly released Silk® Oat Yeah™ Oatmilk available at Albertsons stores. I love that Oat Yeah is something that my whole family can have; it fits everyone’s dietary needs in our home!
Plus you can save on Oat Yeah Oatmilk right now at your local retailer!
This vegan Sun Dried Tomato Mac and Cheese recipe is great as a side dish, as a vegan main dish, or you can add some sausage or chicken to this for a filling entree. You can choose how you want to serve this! This mac & cheese is so good; my family absolutely loved this recipe! Even my husband and daughter, who can have dairy, adored it.
Oat Yeah! Oatmilk is a great dairy alternative to add to your favorite recipes, like our homemade vegan mac and cheese. It’s so versatile and goes with anything: recipes, coffee, cereal, or just drinking by the glass. And it’s easy to find at your neighborhood Albertsons in the dairy aisle with the other non-dairy beverages.
Oat Yeah is thick and inspired by the creaminess of milk, so it’s a great non-dairy drink for people who want a plant-based alternative to real milk. It’s also Vegan Action-certified, nut free, soy free, non-GMO, and free of carrageenan and artificial colors and flavors.
Dairy Free Mac and Cheese Recipe Notes
This recipe is low gluten, but may not be 100% gluten free. The oats used in Oat Yeah are naturally gluten free, but be sure to check out the Oat Yeah FAQs for more detailed information.
Smoked salt gives this recipe such a nice added dimension of flavor! If you don’t have smoked sea salt, you can use regular salt as well. But I highly recommend getting some smoked salt. It costs more than regular salt, but it lasts a long time and adds awesome flavor to just about anything.
Depending on which type of pasta you choose, it will affect the cooking times for this recipe slightly. I used a corn and rice blend of elbow pasta, so it only cooked for 8 minutes. But you’ll need to make sure that you read the label on your chosen pasta to follow the directions since it is different for each type of gluten-free pasta.
Cajun/Creole seasoning might seem like an odd thing to add to an Italian-style dish, but it is perfect in this recipe. We use our favorite Creole spice blend in every savory dish we make, it adds an awesome bit of spice that’s perfect for any dish. The spices in the Cajun spice blend we use go with anything!
Sun Dried Tomato Dairy-Free Mac and Cheese
Dairy free, vegan, nut free; Free of: peanuts, soy, eggs
- 6 ounces gluten free elbow pasta
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1-1/2 cup Silk® Oat Yeah™ Oatmilk Plain
- 1 Tablespoon non-dairy butter
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked sea salt (or regular sea salt if you don’t have smoked salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon all-purpose cajun seasoning (I add this to every savory dish we cook, it adds just the right amount of spice)
- 1 Tablespoon corn starch
- 1 cup rounded non-dairy mozzarella style cheese
- 1/4 cup oil-packed sun dried tomatoes
- 1 Tablespoon minced chives
- 1 Tablespoon minced fresh basil
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup dairy-free feta style cheese for topping (optional)
- Fill a 2 quart saucepan about 2/3 with water. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and heat the water until boiling. While your water is coming to a boil, you can prepare the cheese sauce.
- Once the water has come to a boil, prepare your pasta according to package directions. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and cover with a lid until your cheese sauce is ready to add to it.
- While the pasta water is boiling and the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce. Heat the Silk Oat Yeah in a small saucepan with the non-dairy butter, smoked salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cajun spice over medium-low heat until simmering.
- Scoop out about 1/4 cup of the hot oat milk into a small bowl and whisk in 1 Tablespoon cornstarch. Add the cornstarch mixture to the hot oatmilk and continue to heat and whisk often until thickened.
- When the sauce has thickened, add a rounded 1 cup measure of dairy free mozzarella style cheese to the sauce and stir it in. Continue heating over low heat until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth. The sauce will be thicker after adding the cheese, and will continue to thicken as it cools.
- Stir the cheese sauce into the gluten free pasta along with the sun dried tomatoes, chives, and fresh basil.
- Serve immediately topped with dairy-free feta. Enjoy!
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist