The Gluten Bigot: Gluten Free Mac & Cheese Recipe

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Gluten Free Mac & Cheese Recipe

This has been a hectic week, and the coming weeks are looking to be even busy. Whenever my schedule is predictably crazy I try to make meals I can serve again. One of my favorite 'make it once, enjoy it lots' meals is gluten free macaroni and cheese. Certainly not a health food, it serves nicely as a side dish or a main. Making it from scratch as opposed to from a box is certainly worth the effort, and it's overly complicated.

I used this recipe as my basis and adapted to my preference and based on what I had on hand. I make mine with:

  • 1 box Quinoa Pasta elbows
  • 1/2 cup of onion
  • 2 cups of 2% milk
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp curry (optional or add more)
  • 7oz block of Dubliner Blarney Castle Cheese
  • Gluten Free Bread Crumbs (optional)
  • Parmesan Cheese (optional)
To make, start by heating up a pot of water and cooking the pasta elbows and preheating your oven to 350F. While they cook, cook the onion over medium heat then add the milk, salt and pepper, and spices. While the milk heats up, cut the cheese into cubes while remembering to frequently stir the milk. Once the onion/milk/spice concoction is heated and starting to bubble add the cheese and drop the heat down to medium-low. Stir constantly until cheese is completely melted.

If you've timed it nicely the pasta will complete cooking at about the same time the sauce is ready (it's okay if the pasta is ready prior). Strain the pasta, then add into the sauce and mix well. Then put into oven safe dishes (I used my la creuset, but my old dollar store ceramic dishes were fantastic as well) and bake in oven for 20-30 minutes. Enjoy promptly, making sure not to burn your tongue.

This time, I served it with a simple spinach salad on the side. You can add some twists into this dish as well. Adding bacon to the sauce ups its comfort food level a few notches. Or, cook small cubes of chicken with the onion and add hot sauce along with the milk and spices to make buffalo chicken style. There are so many ways to change it up. 

Reheats nicely in the microwave.

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