Gluten Free Pretzel Crust Homemade Mac & Cheese

Say hello to this homemade, gluten free + dairy free mac & cheese! You can use either our gluten free or grain free pretzels to give that crumbly, crunchy, baked crust topping - just like the homemade mac & cheese you grew up on  🙌 But this time.. it’s gluten + dairy free & takes less than 30 minutes to make. With this creamy cashew sauce you’d never believe there’s no cheese in sight!

large serving bowl of gluten free mac & cheese on blue tile kitchen background

We used some of our favorite foodie brands;  @jovialfoods for the noodles, @fourthandheart ghee or, you can sub vegan butter if you want to make it completely plant based, & of course, our Whole grain gluten free pretzels for the topping. 🙌🔥



  • Blender
  • Food Processor

Topping 👇 

Pasta 👇 

  • Box of Gluten Free Pasta (elbow noodles from Jovial are what we use!)
For the Sauce 👇 
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 1 small potato, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • ⅔ cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast

  • Begin cooking your pasta.
  • While your pasta cooks, saute potato, garlic and onion in avocado oil or olive oil in a pot over medium/low heat.
  • Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and bring to a simmer, then let cook for 5 minutes or so.
  • Add sauce ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth.
  • Drain pasta and add back to the pot. Mix in the sauce and combine until completely covered.


  • Transfer mac and cheese into an oven safe dish and set oven to broil.
  • Crush pretzels by pulsing in a food processor.
  • Melt butter (microwave in 15 second increments), then mix into the crushed pretzels 
  • Sprinkle the topping over the mac and cheese. If you'd like, broil for 2-5 minutes with the oven door cracked. Watch it closely so that it doesn't burn!

To Reheat

  • Add desired amount of mac and cheese with a little vegan butter or nut milk to a pot over med/low heat to warm without drying the noodles.

Recipe was developed and created by the wonderful  @kaylaskitchandfix  - head on over to for some amazing gluten free recipes!