Gluten Free Dairy Free Spinach Pasta Casserole


An adaption of a recipe from from a class I taught in early 2005.  I wanted to show how to adapt dairy and gluten filled dinner recipes that might be family favorites easily to GFCF.  Gluten & Dairy Free Spinach Pasta Casserole uses commercially available substitutes, as that was the focus of the class was the easiest readily available solution, but feel free to use homemade ones instead.

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Gluten & Dairy Free Spinach Pasta Casserole is a dressed up baked mac’n cheese, alfredo-style. YUM!  If you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or ham from Easter, toss 2 to 3 cups chopped into the dish.  Also, cooked and crumbled bacon (about 1/2 pound) is amazing!


The Recipe: Gluten & Dairy Free Spinach Pasta Casserole


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 oz. whole mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced, optional
  • 16 ounces dairy free cream cheese substitute, was ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup vegan gluten free Parmesan replacement, was Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk substitute
  • 1 10 oz. pkg. frozen spinach thawed and drained
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pound gluten-free macaroni, cooked all-dente
  • 1/2 cup vegan gluten-free mozzarella replacement, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat olive oil in pan. Add mushrooms, onions and jalapeño and sauté over medium heat 3-5 minutes.
  • Mix dairy free cream cheese and Parmesan cheese substitute, milk substitute, and eggs until smooth. Fold in spinach, sautéed vegetables, and nutmeg.
  • Mix noodles and vegetable/sauce mixture together. Spoon into a 3-quart casserole coated with oil. Sprinkle with cheese replacement, if using.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Serving suggestions: Fresh spinach salad with mangos.