Classic Mac and Cheese

HELLOOOOO Creamy and Cheesy Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese!

Indulgent & Delicious!

My son has been 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 we’ve made it several times . Each time it’s a HUGE hit.  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 growth spurt?).

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!

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Classic Mac and Cheese

Recipe

Classic Mac and Cheese
 
This classic 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
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup gluten-free all purpose flour (we used GF Jules)
  • 4 cups milk, preheated (we've used both 1% and 2% milk and both have worked well)
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt,
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 lb gluten-free elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
Buttered Bread Crumbs Topping (Optional)
  • 1 - 1½ cups Panko or Plain Bread Crumbs
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter, melted
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 3 cups of cheese and the macaroni 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. (I used only 1 tablespoon of butter but you may prefer 2)

 

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