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Microwave Mac & Cheese - Gluten Free, Plant Based

Microwave Mac & Cheese – Gluten Free

  • Author: Sharon Matten - Kosher Everyday
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: Gluten Free
  • Diet: Kosher


It can be hard to make family friendly dishes when traveling.  Here’s a super simple, four ingredient Mac & Cheese recipe that you can make in your hotel room microwave using ingredients found in your mini hotel fridge.  I made this recipe plant based but you can make it dairy if you prefer.  Additionally, make sure to put a (paper) plate under the microwave container.  Depending upon the size of your container the Mac & Cheese may overflow a little while cooking.  Make sure to check the notes on the bottom for variations and suggestions.


  • 1 cup gluten free macaroni (I like Barilla for this recipe)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1 cup (plant based) shredded cheddar cheese
  • bread crumbs for topping (optional)


  1. Place the macaroni in a large (4-5 cup) microwave container with a lid.
  2. Add the almond milk, margarine and shredded cheddar.  Stir to blend.
  3. Loosely cover the container with the lid.  You don’t want to completely seal the container or it will explode. 
  4. Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Remove the lid and stir the Mac & Cheese to distribute the sauce.
  5. Serve topped with bread crumbs (from old bread) if desired.


You can make this Mac & Cheese dairy if you prefer, simply substitute dairy ingredients like butter, milk and cheese.

I use Barilla pasta in this recipe.  It’s corn based and doesn’t need rinsing as some chick pea or lentil pasta might.  If you use a non-corn based pasta it may turn out mushier…it will still taste goo, it will just be mushy.

I used unflavored, unsweetened almond milk.  You can use soy or another unsweetened milk or even water instead.  The flavor may alter slightly.

If you don’t have a microwave safe container with a lid, simply use a larger microwave safe container loosely covered with plastic.  Make sure to leave a small opening so the Mac & Cheese can vent.

There is an example of venting microwave containers below.  They are great for traveling and won’t explode (hopefully!).

Keywords: Mac and Cheese, Microwave, Travel Food, Gluten Free, Plant Based


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