Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Grown-Up Gluten Free Baked Macaroni + Cheese

One of my all-time favorite meals when I was growing up was macaroni + cheese. Before my days of eating Gluten Free (when I was still very young and unaware that gluten was the enemy), I must have eaten it at least 4 times a week.

My mom would make the Kraft Mac + Cheese boxed kind all the time, as well as the recipe I'm about to share today -- a grown-up version that's baked in the oven.

To this day, I still crave it. And I'm so glad she came up with a way to make it Gluten Free!

This recipe also brings back great memories for me of my two younger sisters and I, all sitting around the dinner table after a long day of playing outside in the sprinklers or rollerskating around the block.

Those were the days! :)

I suppose that's why something about this meal just says "home" for me.

The only "swap" you'll have to make with this recipe, when compared to other traditional gluten pasta recipes, is the pasta itself. Do you see the trend we have going here? I like to keep it simple.

I used Tinkyada Pasta again. Don't tell me you aren't surprised. You know it's my favorite! :)

This is the perfect dish to whip up for your kids or for a night when you just don't feel like cooking.

The best part?
You don't have to cook the noodles first. You just toss them right in!

I're loving me right now...especially since it's Wednesday and you're trying to make it through the rest of the week!


To make yourself some Grown-Up Gluten Free Baked Macaroni + Cheese, start by heating up your pan to medium-low heat. Then add in 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan and melt it.

Once melted, add your corn starch, mustard + Mrs. Dash to your pan.

It'll then look like this:

In case you were wondering...
Here are the brands I used. Look at the labels! 'Gluten Free' marked clearly on them! Woohoo!

Now it's time to add in the milk. Any milk will do but I tend to use 2%. Stir the milk in with the other ingredients and then it'll look like this:

Turn your pan up to medium-high heat now. Continue stirring the milk + other ingredients until the milk thickens. It'll take about 5-6 minutes. (This is a roux you're making)

You'll know the roux mixture is ready, when you swipe the back of your spoon with your finger and it looks clean like this:

Please excuse my blur. My iPhone clearly wasn't cooperating! 

Now it's time to add the 2 cups of shredded cheese (any kind you'd like -- choose your favorite!) + any other favorite add-ins. I've used salsa + diced chiles. Turkey works well too. 

I chose to add ham to mine because that's how my mom has always made it. 

Bonus Points...
Get creative + come up with a new twist on this recipe. If you send it to me, I just might feature it on the site! 

I used this ham. It says Gluten Free, clear as day, right on the front of the package. :) 

And last but certainly not least -- add the pasta! 

Once everything is incorporated, you'll want to add it to a small baking dish.

And top it with some extra cheese. If you'd like, you can choose to reserve some of your 2 cups that the recipe calls for and save it for the top.

I love me some cheese, so I of course opted for the first option -- to add some more. :)

About 30 minutes later, since you didn't cook the pasta prior to making this dish, you'll want to check and see if the pasta is fully cooked. You can do this by poking it with a fork and seeing if it's soft.

It doesn't hurt if you take a "taste test" bite either. ;)

If it's not it back in the oven and let it cook for another 5 minutes.

Still not done? 5 more.

It cooked in my oven today for about 35-40 minutes + looked like this when it was ready to be served!

I seriously wish there were such a thing as a smell-o-meter that you could hook up to your computer. I can't even begin to tell you how heavenly my kitchen smells right now!

Voila! And just like that, you're done! Simple, right?

Dinner is served...using only 2 dishes. I know you're impressed! ;)

Happy Mid-week Meals + Happy Gluten Free Eating! 

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  1. This will be the 3rd day in a row we have made recipes from your site.

    You have been a lifesaver this week :) No planning for me just reading ingredients and cooking.

    <3 xoxo

    1. I am so happy to hear it! I make it equally as often. I've been eating this Mac + Cheese since I was a kid, only now it's the GF version! :) xoxo


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