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Dairy Free Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

  • Author: Michelle
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Units Scale
  • 1 small sugar pumpkin (about 2 lbs)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper, divided
  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk (sub coconut milk)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free cream cheese (I use kitehill. See notes for nut-free)
  • 34 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 12 oz gluten-free pasta (I use Jovial Foods elbows)

For topping

  • Fresh chives
  • Cooked and chopped bacon


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Wash the pumpkin and slice off the stem. Slice the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle with 1 tbsp of avocado oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the pumpkin flesh side down, and the skin side up on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until soft. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before scooping out the flesh. Set aside.
  3. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta as directed until aldente, reserving 1/4 cup of pasta water. Strain the pasta and lightly toss with olive oil to prevent sticking.
  4. Combine the almond milk, lemon juice, and arrowroot starch in a bowl and whisk well to combine. Place a pot on the stove and add the milk mixture along with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cooked pumpkin, cream cheese, and nutritional yeast. Use an immersion blender to fully blend the sauce until smooth.
  5. Set the stove to medium-low heat and allow the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes. The sauce should be thick. Add the pasta water and stir well before turning off the stove and adding the cooked pasta. Stir to combine and coat the pasta in the sauce.
  6. Season further to taste and serve the mac and cheese topped with chives and bacon.


To keep this recipe AIP and nut-free, use cassava pasta, omit the black pepper, use coconut milk instead of almond milk, and use 3 tbsp of coconut cream instead of the DF cream cheese.

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Method: Stovetop


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 262
  • Fat: 7.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.7g
  • Fiber: 3.6g
  • Protein: 7.3g