Gluten Free Mac and Cheese Recipe

Yields: 4-6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces (340g) gluten-free elbow macaroni (or your preferred shape)
  • 1/4 cup (56g) unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons (25g) gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
  • 3 cups whole milk (for richer flavor) or milk alternative of choice
  • 2 cups (200g) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup (50g) shredded Monterey Jack or Colby Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup (25g) grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

Cook the pasta:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the gluten-free pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente (slightly firm). Drain well.

Make the cheese sauce:

  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Whisk in the gluten-free flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder (if using). Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Gradually whisk in the milk until the mixture is smooth and begins to thicken.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce has a creamy consistency.

Add the cheese:

  • Remove the saucepan from the heat. Gradually stir in the cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack (or Colby Jack) cheeses until melted and smooth.
  • Stir in the Parmesan cheese.

Combine pasta and sauce:

  • Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir until the pasta is well coated.

Optional: Bake for extra goodness:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Transfer the mac and cheese to a greased baking dish.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.

Enjoy! Let stand for a few minutes before serving to allow the sauce to thicken slightly.

Tips:

  • Experiment with cheeses: Feel free to try different cheese combinations. Gouda, mozzarella, or even a touch of cream cheese add unique flavors.
  • Prevent clumping: To prevent cheese from clumping, add it in small amounts while stirring constantly.
  • Adjust milk: Use slightly less milk for an even thicker sauce. Conversely, add a splash more milk if you prefer it a bit creamier.
  • Customize: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a kick, or stir in cooked broccoli or crumbled bacon at the end.

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