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Gluten Free Macaroni Cheese

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I have been playing around with a few different gluten free macaroni cheese recipes in recent weeks but hadn’t really found one that worked for me. Plus our oven broke recently so I needed to create my own version that could be grilled rather than baked.

The gluten free macaroni cheese recipe below is the result of my kitchen experiments and I am really pleased with it. You make the cheese sauce while the pasta cooks, then combine before popping under the grill for 10-15 minutes. Easy peasy!

For a veggie-packed twist on this original gluten free macaroni cheese recipe, try my Mac n Cheese with Hidden Veg recipe. With broccoli and cauliflower worked into the dish, it’s a great one for fussy kids.

Gluten Free Macaroni Cheese

I’ve recently updated the quantities in this recipe, to make it suitable for four people. If you enjoyed making the original don’t fret, as I’ve kept it at the bottom of this page. Simply scroll right to the bottom and you’ll spot it.

If you want to make this mac and cheese for two people, simple halve all the quantities and follow the same method.

You’ll find the method below, plus a few photos to guide you through. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch. You can contact me at laura@mygfguide.com or message me on Instagram/Facebook @myglutenfreeguide.

Lastly, if you enjoy this mac n cheese, I would be really grateful if you could leave a star rating or review on the recipe card below. Thank you! Laura xxx

Mac and Cheese (GF)
Yield: Serves 4

Mac and Cheese (GF)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Classic mac n cheese made gluten free. This comforting dish is pasta smothered in a lush cheesy sauce, then grilled with extra cheese on top. Have it as a main for 4 people, or a side dish for more.

Ingredients

  • 360g gluten free macaroni pasta
  • 60g salted butter
  • 60g plain gluten free flour
  • 600ml semi skimmed milk
  • 120g full fat cream cheese
  • 220g cheddar cheese, grated
  • black pepper
  • nutmeg (optional)

Instructions

  1. Get your gluten free macaroni pasta cooking, per the instructions on the packet. While it cooks you can get started on the cheese sauce.
  2. In a small non-stick saucepan, melt the butter and then add the plain gluten free flour. Stir to combine and then cook over a medium-low heat for a couple of minutes until it is sizzling gently.
  3. Now keep the pan on the heat and gradually add the milk, 100ml at a time, whisking as you go to allow the ingredients to combine. The sauce will start to thicken gradually until you have a nice white sauce base. If it gets lumpy, just stir stir stir until any lumps have been broken down.
  4. Next add the cream cheese and a good grating of black pepper to the saucepan. I also add a grating of nutmeg (approx 0.25 tsp) as I love the flavour and it gives this dish a lovely lift. You can easily omit it if you don't have any in your store cupboard though. Stir well until the cream cheese has melted into the sauce.
  5. Finally add HALF (110g) of the grated cheddar to the sauce - we will save the rest for the topping - and stir it in. Taste you sauce and season with some more pepper and salt if you wish.
  6. Once the gluten free pasta is cooked, drain it and shake off any excess water. Pop the pasta back in the empty pasta pan and pour the cheese sauce over the top. Give it a really good stir to get the sauce mixed in to all the gluten free pasta tubes.
  7. Take a large baking dish and tip the cheesy pasta into the dish. Level it out with a wooden spoon and then sprinkle the remaining 110g of grated cheddar cheese on top.
  8. Place under the grill for 10-15 minutes until the cheese on top has turned golden and crispy. Your gluten free macaroni cheese is then ready to serve - enjoy!

If you liked this gluten free macaroni cheese recipe why not try one of my other gluten free midweek meal ideas:

Bon appetit! x

ORIGINAL RECIPE WITH QUANTITIES FOR 2.5 PEOPLE (two adults, one child :D)

Ingredients

  • 250g gluten free macaroni pasta
  • 50g salted butter
  • 50g plain gluten free flour
  • 450ml semi skimmed milk
  • 100g full fat cream cheese
  • 200g cheddar cheese, grated
  • black pepper
  • nutmeg (optional)

Method

  1. Get your gluten free macaroni pasta cooking, per the instructions on the packet. While it cooks you can get started on the cheese sauce.
  2. In a small non-stick saucepan, melt the butter and then add the plain gluten free flour. Stir to combine and then cook over a medium-low heat for a couple of minutes until it is sizzling gently.
  3. Now keep the pan on the heat and gradually add the milk, 100ml at a time, whisking as you go to allow the ingredients to combine. The sauce will start to thicken gradually until you have a nice white sauce base.
  4. Next add the cream cheese and a good grating of black pepper to the saucepan. I also add a grating of nutmeg (approx 1/4 tsp) as I love the flavour and it gives this dish a lovely lift. You can easily omit it if you don’t have any in your store cupboard though. Stir well until the cream cheese has melted into the sauce.
  5. Finally add HALF (100g) of the grated cheddar to the sauce – we will save the rest for the topping – and stir it in. Taste you sauce and season with some more pepper and salt if you wish.
  6. Once the gluten free pasta is cooked, drain it and shake off any excess water. Pop the pasta back in the empty pasta pan and pour the cheese sauce over the top. Give it a really good stir to get the sauce mixed in to all the gluten free pasta tubes.
  7. Take a rectangular baking dish and tip the cheesy pasta into the dish. Level it out with a wooden spoon and then sprinkle the remaining 100g of grated cheddar cheese on top.
  8. Place under the grill for 10-15 minutes until the cheese on top has turned golden and crispy. Your gluten free macaroni cheese is then ready to serve – enjoy!

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