Cheesy faux-mage spirals

Mmmmm… cheesy pasta!


[Reminds me of the Friends episode where Joey is shooting a “mmmmm…noodle soup” commercial]

I digress.


Considering how sucky the brown rice tortillas were, I had zero expectations for this gluten free pasta.  I mean, they’re both made of rice.

*I have since tried some of the tricks you guys left in the comments section of this post and there is a slight improvement in the texture, but I think I’ll just make chips out of the rest of the tortillas*


Nice stats.  Nice start.

They cooked like normal noodles.  And they looked like normal noodles.


So far so good.  But really, taste and texture are far more important than appearance.  So in the interest of not having a brown rice cardboard repeat, I went overboard and cooked the bejeezus out of the pasta.  Al dente came and went, and then an hour later, they were soft and ready for toppings!

Sauce, yes, but first greens.


All I had to do with the spinach was chuck in a fist-full.  Stirring it in the drained (but still boiling hot) pasta cooked the greens to a perfectly wilty state.


And then there was the faux-mage.  I don’t care how much you like alfredo, this vegan cashew sauce knocks it out of the park.


Cheesy faux-mage (v, gf)

  • 1 cup soaked cashews
  • 1/8 cup almond milk
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt (to taste)


Cheesy faux-mage spirals (v, gf)


  • De Boles gluten free pasta (I used rice spirals)
  • spinach
  • faux-mage sauce (see above)


Cook pasta as per package.  Drain.  Add in uncooked spinach and stir into hot noodles.  Pour copious amounts of faux-mage sauce on top.


Dig in.  🙂

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Comments (33)

  1. Fran

    Looks yummy! What was the texture of the rice pasta like? Was it similar to normal pasta at all or..?

  2. jamie @ jamelfamela

    looks SO good Elise!

  3. Ethel

    oo, me likey! I may need to pick some up. I love me some rice noodles. This will be a change from the Asian rice stick noodles I’m accustomed to. Gracias rubia!

  4. Mama Pea

    We were just talking about vegan alfredo this morning (we talk about weird things in our house). I want to try yours!

  5. kathleen

    I love the quinoa-corn spaghetti noodles by ancient harves. I haven’t had much luck with brown rice noodles. Or any gluten free noodles that aren’t spaghetti (elbows, spirals,etc). I’m glad yours came out okay!

    I have been meaning to write you a “” on kombucha making. I haven’t forgotten just lazy.

  6. Courtney

    I love it! I swear there is a “Friends” episode for *every* situation…totally remember that one 🙂


  7. Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles

    I noticed that I like brown rice pasta but I have to undercook it a little and rinse really well to get a good texture. I love the faux-mage idea!! And I love Friends 🙂

  8. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats

    This sounds amazing! 🙂 There is just something so comforting about a creamy bowl of pasta!

  9. Roxi J

    I was wondering what your thoughts were on miso. Do you ever use it, and how does it fit into the FODMAPS style of eating?

  10. Roxi J

    Also, your above recipe looks delicious!

  11. Alexa @ SimpleEats

    That sauce sounds awesome! I hope the noodles were better than the tortillas!

  12. Lenna

    Looks delicious! Normally I am not a “pasta-person”, but this recipe sounds pretty good 🙂

  13. Heidi

    Looks delicious! I cannot wait to try your sauce!
    I use Tinkanyada’s brown rice pasta and absolutely LOVE it! I have never had any trouble with it tasting gummy or uncooked. They have all different kinds too.

  14. Erica

    can you give me the details on how to make the cheesy faux-mage? i’d love to try it, since being dairy & soy free i’ve missed cheese so much!

  15. Elise (Post author)

    just blend the listed ingreds in the food processor. thats it!

  16. Elise (Post author)

    they were great!

  17. Elise (Post author)

    haha. ok, no worries, im not going anywhere…

  18. Elise (Post author)

    i overcooked it, so it was a little soft, but yeah, it was just like a normal pasta. i never would have known it wasnt wheat pasta.

  19. Sara

    How long do you soak the cashews for?

  20. Elise (Post author)

    i soaked them overnight (8ish hours) but anything over 2 hours will be long enough. you just want to soften them up to allow them to blend easily and make a nice sauce.

  21. Wendy

    Hi Elise! I tried this recipe the other night. OMG. It was unbelievable. Thank you!

  22. Elise (Post author)

    hi wendy! glad youre a fan 🙂 i think theyre great too.

  23. Julie

    I am so new to these types of recipes. :). Do I have to use raw cashews?

  24. Elise (Post author)

    you dont have to, but for those who have sensitive GI tracts soaking raw nuts improves digestibility a ton. i actually have dry roasted nuts soaking as i type this so raw isnt the only way to go. basically its not essential to the recipe, just depends on your GI system.

  25. Nick

    Hi Elise

    Do you also use the water from the soaked cashews? or are they drained?

  26. Elise (Post author)

    i drained them and used different water once i blended them.

  27. Nick

    awesome thanks!

  28. Gen

    Did you use a whole box of pasta for this amount of sauce?

  29. Elise (Post author)

    i cant recall since this was made so long ago, but i think it was more like 2/3 of the box.

  30. PaulaC

    I would love to see how to on Kombucha also…..

  31. Elena

    This was amazing ! And sooo easy to make. Thanks for all of your awesome recipes! I love your site 🙂

  32. Elise (Post author)

    Yay!! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  33. Kristen

    How many servings does this make ? Is it a whole box of pasta worth ?

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