Creamy Air Fry Gluten-Free Baked Vegan “Mac” and Cheese.

Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese is not only everyone’s favorite side order, but it is a delicious comfort food that everyone will enjoy.   There are so many different variation to the mac and cheese recipe. This  mac and cheese recipe that I am sharing from you is not only Vegan, but it’s  also gluten-free with all the creamy goodness.

There is a unique twist to this recipe that involves the use of my  Gourmia Air Fryer . No! it does not involve baking the vegan macaroni and cheese. Read further to learn more.

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Vegan Air Fryer Mac & Cheese

Here are all the ingredients you will need.

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Red Lentil Rotini

Fresh Garlic



black pepper grinder

black Pepper

Vegan Cheddar

Badia Dried Thyme Leaves

Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese


Smoked Paprika

Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese


Olive Oil

Gluten-free Breadcrumb

Coconut Milk




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Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese

Gluten-Free Vegan Baked "Mac" and Cheese Recipe.

Kevin Foodie
Well, this is not really Macaroni "Mac" and cheese. This recipe calls for Gluten-free red lentil Rotini, one of my favorite pasta. It is unique and brings a lot of great flavors and texture. Let's make Vegan Rotini and Cheese for lack of a better name. However, this vegan side dish is easy to make and will have you asking for more.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 6 People


  • Gourmia Air Fryer
  • Oven
  • Sauce Pan
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Garlic Press
  • Pyrex Bake Dishes (9x4) and three (3x3) Ramekins
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Bowl


  • 12 oz Violife Vegan Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 tbsp. Coconut Flour
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • 8.8 oz Gluten-Free Red Lentil Rotini
  • 1 cup Sweet Pepper, diced (red, yellow, and orange)
  • 2 cups Water Cress (previously frozen)
  • 8 oz Whole Mushrooms, diced
  • ½ cup Scallions or Green Onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Complete Seasoning
  • 2 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 3 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper


Let's Cook The Gluten-free Red Lentil Rotini

  • Traditionally, Mac and Cheese recipe use elbow macaroni. However, this recipe calls for Red Lentil Rotini. It's healthier and perfect for this gluten-free vegan side dish.
    Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese
  • In a pot, bring to boil 1-quart water. This is optional, but you may add 2 tsp. salt to boiling water. The box instructions said to cook for about 7 minutes. Dump the entire box of Red Lentil Rotini in boiling water and cook for 3-5 minutes. However, you want the Rotini to be just al dente, soft to touch.
    Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Strain pasta and immediately add to the air fryer. The Rotini will leave the water reddish because the red color from lentils gets leached into the boiling water.
    Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Air fry for about 5 minutes at 375 °F. After 5 minutes, remove rotini from the air fryer. I made the mistake of leaving the rotini closed in the air fryer and they continued to cook and they got a bit over-fried, But they were still crunchy delicious.
    Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese

Let's Make The Creamy Vegan Cheese Sauce

  • Preheat oven to 375 °F.
  • On a cutting board, dice mushrooms and sweet peppers. Chop scallions into small pieces using a knife.
    Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese
  • In a large saucepan heat olive oil over very low heat. Use a garlic press to crush cloves of garlic into the heated oil. Stir and allow them to sweat and relase their oil for 1-2 minutes.
    Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Add the coconut flour to the oil mixture. This coconut flour mixture is similar to making a roux and will help to thicken the cheese sauce.
    Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Mix together using a spoon and cook over a low-medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
    Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Add the coconut milk and stir as it continues to cook and thickens.
    Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Add the diced mushrooms, watercress, sweet peppers, and green onions. Stir and continue cooking for 3 minutes. Season with the complete season, paprika, salt, and pepper.
    Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Add the Vegan cheese to the mixture and stir until the cheese melts.
  • Stir cheese sauce mixture occasionally to prevent sticking; continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes over low flame.
  • Pour the air fry lentil rotini into the vegan cheese sauce and mix well together. This by itself tastes delicious and the aroma is alluring. While the next step is optional, the Food Explora in me can't help add breadcrumb and more vegan cheese on top.
    Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Grease Pyrex baking dishes with olive oil spray can. In the recipe, I used three 3 inches pyrex ramekins and a 9 x 4 pyrex dish. But You will love this bakeware from Amazon:
    Spoon the vegan rotini and cheese mixture into the baking dishes. Top with gluten-free bread crumbs and vegan cheese. Place in oven and bake for 5 -7 minutes.
    Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Remove from oven and serve warm.


Food Explora's Cooking Tips
If you don't follow a gluten-free diet, you can use any pasta you desire and coconut flour can be substituted with all-purpose flour.
I personally love breadcrumb on my baked mac and cheese because it adds another layer of flavor and texture. This step is optional. Just top with the vegan cheese and bake. 
Watercress was purchased fresh and then frozen. However, fresh watercress can be used. Chopped baby spinach can be used instead.
Keyword #Rotini, Barilla, Mac and Cheese, Pasta, Red Lentils, Vegan, Vegan Recipe, Veganism, Violife

Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese.

Vegan Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese

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5 thoughts on “Creamy Air Fry Gluten-Free Baked Vegan “Mac” and Cheese.”

  1. 5 stars
    I’d never have thought of using an air fryer to make mac n cheese. This looks creamy and even though I’m not gluten intolerant, I’d like to try this vegan version!

  2. I love Mac and Cheese, but I don’t get how people can eat it as a side dish. It can be extremely filling. I’d prefer it as a main dish with a few extras added to it to make it a meal. I didn’t know you could use an air fryer to make pasta, that would have never crossed my mind to try

  3. Oh my days this looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I’ve never actually tried Mac & Cheese before but after reading your recipe, I think I’m going to give it a go. Thank you so much for sharing such a easy-to-follow recipe Xo

    Elle –

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