Gluten Free Homemade Mac and Cheese

GF homemade mac and cheese

Gluten Free Homemade Mac and Cheese

Craving gluten free homemade mac and cheese? There’s no reason to miss out on the just because you’re skipping gluten. I’ve been making this variation of my most popular baked mac and cheese for years so get ready to celebrate everything you love about this homemade classic made just for you.

GF homemade mac and cheese
GF homemade mac and cheese

HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE MACARONI AND CHEESE SAUCE

You can make gluten free mac and cheese sauce in a few simple steps. Most people have the ingredients on hand. 

  1. Boil the pasta: Follow the package instruction to boil the pasta. I keep it al dente because it will be cooked in the oven later on. Reserve a cup of pasta water.
  2. Make the cheese sauce: In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, melt the butter and add cornstarch, GF Flour or xanthan gum. While stirring constantly, add the heavy cream, milk, and seasoning. 
  3. Add the spices and cheese: Next, add the garlic powder, onion powder, along with the rest of the seasoning. Then, add the shredded cheese on top, and gently whisk the mixture. Add about a cup of the pasta water to incorporate it all together.
  4. Bake: Transfer the pasta to a baking dish. Then, pour the cheese mixture on top and bake it at 350 degrees F for about 25 minutes, until the top is golden brown. 

HOW TO MAKE WHITE CHEDDAR MAC AND CHEESE

If you prefer white cheddar gluten free mac and cheese, simple swap out the sharp cheddar for a white cheddar or mozzarella and follow the rest of the gluten free mac and cheese recipe instructions as written. You could also make a gluten-free bechamel sauce to make it extra creamy and fancy. For a spicier mac and cheese, use Colby jack or add more spices. 

Best gluten free pasta to use: 

You can find plenty of them at the local grocery store. I usually go with Shaw’s Gluten Free Pasta. I love it and whole family dies too. Alternatively, feel free to use these:

  • Jovial Gluten Free Elbows, Penne, or Shells Pasta. (I found these in Walmart and pasta styles)
  • Barilla Gluten Free Elbow Pasta
  • Ronzoni’s Gluten Free Pasta
  • Rice pasta is another great option

Add-In Ideas

Oh, the places this simple mac and cheese recipe will take you! Every time I make this macaroni and cheese, I think of all the ways it can be dressed up with other ingredients. Of course, this cheesy pasta is delicious all on its own. However, if you’re looking for add-ins, there are easy and delicious options: 

  • Cooked ground beef or shredded chicken, diced bacon or ham
  • Sautéed mushrooms or spinach
  • Chopped broccoli, carrots or other veggies
  • Basil pesto or tapenade
  • Fresh chilis or red chili flakes
  • Caramelized onions
  • Fresh herbs
Mac and Cheese

Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

Craving gluten free homemade mac and cheese? There’s no reason to miss out on the just because you’re skipping gluten. I’ve been making this variation of my most popular baked mac and cheese for years so get ready to celebrate everything you love about this homemade classic made just for you.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 51 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz gluten free elbow macaroni or another short pasta
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch arrowroot, xanthan gum or gf flour
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded (I use a combination of if white and yellow cheese)
  • 1 cup pasta water

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions, being sure to leave it al dente.
  • Reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Use it if the sauce is to think.
  • While the noodles cook, in a large pot, melt the 2 sticks of butter and add the cornstarch, arrowroot, xanthan gum or glute free flour and whisk together.
  • Add the milk, heavy cream, dry mustard, and all the seasonings. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved water to it.
  • Turn the stove to medium-low and bring to a simmer. Let it gently bubble for 4-6 minutes until thickened.
  • Reduce heat to low. Add the cheese a little bit at a time, stirring in completely after each addition.
  • Add the rest of the reserved water if needed.
  • Drain the noodles well, return to the pot and add the cheese sauce. Stir everything together and serve immediately.
  • TO BAKE IT- Preheat oven 350 Degrees. Pour Mac and cheese into a pan and add more cheese to the top or GF breadcrumbs. Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese has melted, or it has a nice golden color on top.
Keyword gluten free, Kid Friendly Dinner Ideas, Lunch, Mac and Cheese, Side

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