Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese Bites

Bite size comfort food! The perfect little bite of Macaroni and Cheese! Crisp outside, tender bites of cheesy gluten-free mac and cheese on the inside! And super easy recipe is stovetop to oven, no frying involved. Perfect for snacks, appetizers and Game Day!

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Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese Bites

Easy, Cheesy and Delish!

These Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese Bites are the perfect snack, appetizer or even side dish!

Essentially it’s our favorite Baked Mac and Cheese, baked in mini muffin tins for the ultimate bite-size comfort food!

Crisp outside, tender bites of cheesy Mac & Cheese on the inside.

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They are super easy to make and very versatile!

You can make them with…

  • mini muffin tins as I did here and make 48 mini bites.
  • full size muffin tins and make 24 larger “bites”
  • make 24 minis, 12 full size.
  • You could even make part in muffin cups and part in a regular baking pan!
  • Or halve the recipe and make halve the quantity.

Either way, it’s always delicious and always a hit!

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So let’s make them!

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 bread crumbs  or plain bread crumbs (we used Aleia’s, affiliate link)

yellow mustard

salt and pepper

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Back to the Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese Bites…

They come together quickly!

First, you make the mac and cheese by making the cheese sauce while the pasta boils….

  • Start with melted butter (it’s only 3 tablespoons!), then whisk 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 for season.

Then add in the cheese and cooked pasta.  Mix together and you’re almost done!

Spoon the Mac & Cheese mix into a prepared baking cups,  sprinkle with remaining cheese, top with gluten-free bread crumbs (we love the crunch of gluten-free panko bread crumbs) and bake!

Pro Tip: it is important to generously coat muffin tins or muffin liners with oil so that the Mac & Cheese Bites don’t stick to the muffin tins and it helps get them crispy on the outside.

30 Minutes later they are crispy and golden on top, bubbling with delicious mac and cheese beneath!

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Let cool and set for a few minutes, then remove from muffins tins and enjoy!

The are best enjoyed immediately!

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Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese Bites

Bite size comfort food! The perfect little bite of Macaroni and Cheese! Crisp outside, tender bites of cheesy gluten-free mac and cheese on the inside! And super easy recipe is stovetop to oven, no frying involved. Perfect for snacks, appetizers and Game Day!
Recipe makes 48 minis OR 24 full size. Recipe halves well. See below for more options.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, Game Day
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Egg-Free
Keyword: gluten free, vegetarian, Mac & Cheese Bites, Easy Game Day Snacks, Appetizers
Servings: 48 mini bites*
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter or dairy-free butter
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free all purpose flour we used GF Jules (affiliate link]
  • 3 cups milk preheated (we've used both 1%, 2% and whole milk and all have worked well)
  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard sometimes we use only 1/4 teaspoon so start with 1/4 and taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • large pinch black pepper
  • 12 oz gluten-free elbow macaroni we used BioNaturae- affiliate link
  • 3 cups sharp Cheddar cheese shredded

Buttered Breadcrumb Topping

  • ¾ cup Panko or Plain Bread Crumbs we used Aleia's - afiliate link
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter or dairy-free butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees and line your muffin tins or mini muffin tins with paper liners and spray generously with cooking oil. Set aside.

Buttered Breadcrumbs

  • If using buttered breadcrumbs, combine bread crumbs with melted butter and mix together with a spoon. Set aside.

Cook Pasta

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt and cook elbow macaroni according to package until al dente. Drain.

Make Cream Sauce

  • While the pasta water boils and pasta cooks, melt butter in a large saucepan. Stir in flour until smooth. Cook, stirring over low heat, about 2 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Season with mustard, salt and pepper.

Mix together

  • Add 2 cups of cheese and the cooked pasta to the sauce. Mix to combine well.
  • Spoon into prepared muffin tins.
  • Top with remaining cheese, then buttered breadcrumbs.
  • Bake for 30 mins or until the top is golden and edges bubbly.
  • Let cool and set a few minutes in muffin tins. Remove and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

There is lots of versatility in how to bake this recipe.
You can make them with…
  • mini muffin tins as I did here and make 48 mini bites.
  • full size muffin tins and make 24 larger “bites”
  • make 24 minis, 12 full size.
  • You could even make part in muffin cups and part in a regular baking pan!
  • Or halve the recipe and make halve the quantity.
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