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Four Cheese Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

Updated on August 13, 2012
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Mac-n-Cheese made with gluten free macaroni.
Mac-n-Cheese made with gluten free macaroni. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: Serves eight people.

Why Gluten Free?

A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye).

A gluten-free diet is used to treat celiac disease. For people with celiac disease, gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines. Eating a gluten-free diet helps people with celiac disease control their symptoms.

I was able to find gluten free macaroni in the bulk food isle of a major discount market chain (such as Winco).

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients
Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 1 lb Gluten Free Elbow Macaroni (4 Cups)
  • 8 Cups Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt, Regular
  • 6 Ounces Unsalted Butter (10 Tablespoons)
  • 1/2 Cup Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 1 Cup Velveeta Cheese, cubed
  • 2 Cups Half-and-Half
  • 2 Large Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper

Preparation for Casserole

Butter casserole dish.
Butter casserole dish. | Source
Boil Water with regular salt.
Boil Water with regular salt. | Source
Add gluten free macaroni.
Add gluten free macaroni. | Source

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly butter a deep 2 1/2 quart casserole baking dish with 1 Tablespoon of the butter.
  3. Fill a large pot with water, add regular salt, and bring to a rapid boil.
  4. Add gluten free macaroni and oil.
  5. Cook the macaroni for 8 minutes, or until it is tender but not overly flimsy when you bite into it (professional chefs refer to this as "al dente"). Remember, you are going to bake the casserole, so this will cook the macaroni a little more as it bakes.
  6. Drain and then return the macaroni to the pot. Let this sit while you continue to prepare the other ingredients.
  7. In a small saucepan, melt 8 Tablespoons of butter.
  8. Stir the butter into the macaroni.
  9. In a large bowl, combine the three shredded cheeses. Then remove 1/2 Cup of this cheese mix to use as a casserole topping.
  10. To the shredded cheese bowl, add half-and-half, cubed cheese, eggs, seasoned salt, and pepper. Stir to mix these ingredients together.
  11. Add this mixture to the large pot with the buttered macaroni and stir.
  12. Transfer this mixture to the lightly buttered casserole baking dish, and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.
  13. Dot the top of the casserole with 1 Tablespoon of butter.
  14. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and bubbly.
  15. Serve this casserole hot.

Add to the Boiled and Drained Macaroni

Melt the butter and add to the macaroni. Mix cheeses, half-in-half, eggs, salt, and pepper, then add to the macaroni and butter mixture. Pour all into the casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with the extra shredded cheese and dot with butter. Bake.
Melt the butter and add to the macaroni. Mix cheeses, half-in-half, eggs, salt, and pepper, then add to the macaroni and butter mixture. Pour all into the casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with the extra shredded cheese and dot with butter. Bake. | Source

Delicious Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

Gluten free macaroni and cheese browned lightly around the edges. Serve hot!
Gluten free macaroni and cheese browned lightly around the edges. Serve hot! | Source

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Nutrition Information Per Serving

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Cup
Calories 485
Calories from Fat405
% Daily Value *
Fat 45 g69%
Saturated fat 35 g175%
Unsaturated fat 11 g
Carbohydrates 9 g3%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 19 g38%
Cholesterol 180 mg60%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Cook's Note

I made my regular macaroni and cheese recipe with gluten free macaroni just to give it a try and I must admit that I find the gluten free macaroni just as delicious as regular macaroni.

Children really enjoy this macaroni and cheese recipe because there are very few spices. Adults also enjoy it topped with hot chilli sauce to help spice it up a bit.

One last thing, if you are salt-conscious, you can omit putting salt in the water to boil the macaroni. I have omitted salt on occassion when I prepare this recipe for people who need to cut down on salt. It is still delicious even without the extra salt.

Enjoy!

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you, Rajan. I am glad you like it. Thank you for your feedback and for sharing it.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting recipe and the macaroni cheese looks very inviting. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, interesting.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Yes, Victoria Lynn, you did hear macaroni and cheese. I know what you mean; the very mention of mac and cheese makes me want to whip up a batch for tonight's dinner.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Brett.Tesol. Thank you for sharing this recipe. My family really likes it and the fact that it is gluten free makes it even better for us.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Did somebody say macaroni and cheese? Yummy! With all the cheeses, this looks great. Pinning for future reference!

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Sharing this, as I know at least one of my followers has just started a gluten free diet.

      Pinned, tweeted, shared, up and useful.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi beingwell and Careermommy! I enjoy just about anything with cheese and thought I would try making mac-n-cheese with gluten free macaroni. It worked. It's not overly spicy, so the grandkids like it a lot.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Marlene, this looks delicious! My 2 1/2 year old loves mac n' cheese so I had to check out this gluten-free version, and it looks amazing.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Hi marlene!! I love mac and cheese! Great recipe. Shared this one to my followers.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi alocsin. The kids really love mac and cheese. This recipe has a lot of cheese, but it is very kid-friendly because it has mild cheese that kids like. Adults like it because they can put their favorite hot sauce on it and enjoy it more. Thanks for your vote.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      While I've never been a big fan of mac and cheese, I know folks who adore it. This would be a useful recipe for them, so I'm voting this Up and Useful.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you, catmalone. I hope you enjoy it.

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      catmalone 5 years ago

      I have to make this dish and let you know how it turns out.

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      Kaili Bisson 5 years ago from Canada

      lol ;-)

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you, Kaili. It's a quick and easy mac-n-cheese recipe that the whole family can enjoy. Kids tend to like it a lot. Grown-ups spice it up with a little Franks. You know... the people who put that "stuff" on everything!

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      Kaili Bisson 5 years ago from Canada

      Marlene this sounds wonderful. Voted up!

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you catmalone. It is quite delicious, if I have to say so myself. :)

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      catmalone 5 years ago

      Very will put together hub and very informative. Looks very delicious.

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