Homemade Mac and Cheese

HELLOOOOO Creamy and Cheesy Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese! This easy mac and cheese, topped with lightly buttered breadcrumbs for just a little crunch, is always a hit! Rich and indulgent tasting and so yummy! Perfect anytime!

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Homemade Mac and Cheese

Easy, Creamy, Rich-tasting and Delish!

Is there anything more cozy than a big homemade Mac and Cheese?

It is classic comfort food that works just about anywhere, anytime!

A few years back, my son was asking for a homemade mac and cheese that is truly creamy and cheesy and really, really yummy.

We’ve tried many recipes and this one is the favorite!

This recipe is adapted from the 365 Ways to Make Pasta Cookbook and it’s been on repeat. Each time it’s a HUGE hit.

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I love that it super easy to make and makes a large quantity so that we can enjoy it when it first comes out of the oven (so, so good!) and was reheat it throughout the week when my son comes home from school hungry (as in always ravenous) or needs a second dinner  (can you say teen boy?)

And it’s exactly what he asked for…. creamy, cheesy, flavorful and really, really, yummy!

Oh, and it is topped with lightly buttered breadcrumbs for just a little crunch.  So good!

So how do we make it?

You’ll need 9 pantry ingredients: Milk, butter, sharp cheddar cheese, gluten-free all purpose flour (we used GF Jules – Affiliate link), gluten-free elbow macaroni (we used BioNaturae – affiliate link), gluten-free panko breadcrumbs (we used Aleia’s, affiliate link), yellow mustard, salt and pepper.

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Back to the mac and cheese….

It comes together quickly!

All you do is make the cheese sauce while the pasta boils…. start with melted butter (it’s only 3 tablespoons!), then stir in some flour (this will help thicken the sauce as it cooks).  Whisk in some heated milk and bring to a boil… it will get thick and creamy.

Then you add in the mustard, salt and pepper.  And add in the cheese and cooked pasta.  Mix together and you’re almost done!

Spoon the pasta mix into a prepared baking sheet, sprinkle with remaining cheese, top with bread crumbs and bake!

So who wants a big scoop?

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Hope you love it as much as we do!

Scroll down for recipe and leave a comment if you try.

Recipe

Classic Mac and Cheese
 
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This classic homemade Mac and Cheese is creamy, cheesy and a fan favorite! Keeps well in the refrigerator and reheats well in the microwave. Recipe adapted from 365 Ways to Cook Pasta Cookbook
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Recipe type: Dinner, Pasta
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free all purpose flour (we used GF Jules (affiliate link)]
  • 3 cups milk, preheated (we've used both 1% and 2% milk and both have worked well)
  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon salt,
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 12 oz gluten-free elbow macaroni (we used BioNaturae- affiliate link)
  • 3 cups sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
Buttered Bread Crumbs Topping (Optional)
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350F degrees
Make cream sauce
  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Stir in flour until smooth. Cook, stirring over low heat, about 3 minutes.
  2. Gradually whisk in hot milk until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture boils. Lower to low heat and continue cooking until thick and smooth, about 10 minutes.
  3. Season with mustard, salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, cook elbow macaroni according to package until al dente. Drain.
Mix together
  1. Add 2 cups of cheese and the cooked pasta to the sauce. Mix to combine well.
  2. Transfer to a buttered 9x13 baking dish (or two smaller ones). Sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup of cheese. Top with Buttered Breadcrumbs if using.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes or until browned on top and bubbly.
Buttered Breadcrumbs
  1. Combine bread crumbs with melted butter and mix together with a spoon.

 

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Mac and Cheese

  1. We love this recipe! I use it for both gluten free pasta and regular pasta. it has been successful in converting my kids to homemade rather than the box kind. Upside is now I will actually eat Mac and cheese with them.

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