If you’re dealing with gluten allergies or sensitivity, then this gluten free mac and cheese version is the perfect solution. Like most kids, I remember that delicious blue box of the popular brand of mac and cheese. It was ooey, gooey and the highlight of the meal.
Now that I’m older and suffer from a gluten issue, I still like my mac and cheese, but I no longer reach for that blue box. Now I make it from scratch!
- 1 box gluten free macaroni
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 cups milk
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons white rice flour
- 2 ½ cups cheddar cheese
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- ½ tablespoon sea salt
- Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the macaroni and oil and cook for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want the pasta soft, but with a little bit of bite to it. The oil helps to keep the gluten free pasta from sticking together.
- While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in the skillet over medium low heat. Once it’s melted, sprinkle the rice flour on top of the butter and whisk vigorously to combine. Cook for 1 minute while whisking.
- Add the milk to the butter mixture and whisk well to combine. Continue whisking as it cooks and thickens, about 8 minutes.
- Add the salt and rosemary to the sauce and stir well to combine. Add more salt to taste if needed.
- Drain the pasta and add it to a large mixing bowl. Pour the sauce over the pasta and add the cheddar cheese. Gently stir everything to combine.
- Pour the mac and cheese into a well greased 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top of the macaroni and bake at 375 for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Linda Haley says
What size box of pasta for this recipe? 8 oz.? 10 oz.? 16 oz.?
I use a 10 OZ box
For those who want to make this dairy-free, these are the substitutions I would use:
2 cups Thai Kitchen coconut milk (unsweetened) or Carnation Almond Cooking milk
3 Tablespoons Nutiva palm oil or coconut cream (unsweetened)
2 ½ cups Daiya cheddar shreds (or half cheddar shreds and half Swiss shreds)
½ cup Daiya mozzarella shreds
There are a variety of dairy-free cheese you can use besides Daiya. It is one suggestion; others can be used instead if you prefer (e.g. 365, Field Roast Chao, Follow your heart, and Miyoko)
I am sure the Vegans would enjoy this too (in addition to the GF/DF folks)!
In Good Health Always,