Gluten-Free Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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    65 min
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Are you in need of comforting? Try this creamy delicious Gluten-Free Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Homemade, fast and easy Mornay sauce -- a traditional rich and creamy cheese sauce -- is the key component to flavor in this gluten-free macaroni and cheese recipe. Amaranth is the perfect wheat-flour substitute for thickening cheese sauce -- it works every time.

What You'll Need

  • Macaroni:
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound gluten-free macaroni, cooked al dente (For a gluten-free / rice-free pasta use a corn pasta like Sam Mills Pasta d'oro in this recipe.)
  • Cheese Sauce:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons amaranth flour
  • 2 cups milk OR dairy substitute (I use light organic coconut milk)
  • 1 teaspoon salt OR GF herbal salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon GF onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon GF garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • Pinch of GF cayenne (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons Franks's Hot Sauce (optional)
  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) freshly grated Cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces (about 1 cup) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces (about 1 cup) freshly grated Gruyère OR Swiss cheese
  • 4 ounces (about 1 cup) freshly grated fontina OR provolone OR Havarti cheese

How to Make It

Boil the Pasta

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
     
  2. Put 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a 3-quart baking dish. Set aside.
     
  3. Fill a large stockpot half full with water. Cover and bring water to boil over high heat. Add 1 pound of gluten-free macaroni (elbow) noodles and a pinch of salt and return water to a boil. Cook according to package directions, until al dente (beginning to soften but still somewhat firm to the bite).

Make the Cheese Sauce

  1. While pasta is cooking, make the cheese sauce (Mornay).
     
  2. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Whisk in 4 tablespoons of amaranth and cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
     
  3. Slowly whisk in milk or dairy-free substitute. Increase heat to medium and whisk until mixture thickens.
     
  4. Remove from heat. Add salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, pinch of cayenne (optional), Frank’s Hot Sauce (optional), 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and all of the Swiss and fontina cheese. Stir until cheeses melt and mixture is smooth and creamy.
     
  5. Put the baking dish with butter in the preheated oven and leave just until butter melts. Remove and coat bottom and sides of the dish with butter using a pastry brush.
     
  6. Drain, rinse and pat dry cooked pasta. Pour half of the pasta in the baking dish and cover with about 1/2 of the cheese sauce. Distribute remaining pasta on top and evenly cover with remaining cheese sauce.
     
  7. Lightly salt and pepper and top with remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake for 45 minutes or until top is golden and bubbling. Cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Note: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.