This is a favorite family mac and cheese recipe I’ve adapted to be gluten-free…(gotta have some comfort food now and then.) I often serve it to the group of ladies that come to my home on Wednesday evenings for our weekly Bible study. It’s so easy to make and it takes me right back to my childhood – I’ve always loved this dish with its crispy breadcrumb topping. This is my mom’s recipe made gluten-free (although the herbes de Provence are my addition.)
Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese Recipe
Makes 8-10 servings
4 Tbsp. salted butter
6 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence
2 teaspoons of salt
2 teaspoons of freshly ground pepper
4 cups of 2% milk
8 oz of shredded cheddar cheese, grated (but almost any cheese works in this!) 16 oz box of gluten free penne, ziti, or elbows (we used Jovial Penne or the new Banza Chickpea Noodles)
1/4 teaspoon butter for baking dish (or just use the wrapped from the butter used above!)
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (fresh is best – we use a couple slices of Udi’s bread in a food processor with salt and pepper) or use Schar Gluten-free breadcrumbs.
Cook pasta according to directions, making sure to cook just to al dente. (The pasta will get even softer finished in the oven.) Drain the pasta and place in a 9X11 buttered baking dish.
Meanwhile, in a 2-quart stockpot melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, at the flour and whisk into butter. Cook 3-4 minutes until bubbly and begins to get a little foamy. Add herbes de provence, salt and pepper. Whisk in the milk, and stir frequently over medium-high heat until begins to thicken (8-10 mins).
Be sure to scrape the bottom of pan while stirring. Turn to medium low once bubbly and thickened. Stir in the grated cheese, turning to low, until melted and smooth.
Pour cheese sauce over the macaroni noodles in dish, and fold into noodles.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes. Spread breadcrumbs on top, and place back in the oven for 5 more minutes until top of breadcrumbs is golden. The dish should be bubbly around the edges at this point.
Remove the mac and cheese from oven and let stand about 5 minutes before serving.
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