Gluten Free Mac & Cheese

  • 15min
    prep time
  • 50min
    total time
  • 6-8

Proof that gluten isn’t needed to make a great mac and cheese. Gluten free pasta is folded into a rich cheddar béchamel sauce, covered in naturally gluten free Tillamook Sharp Cheddar, and baked to cheesy perfection.

"A traditional and cheesy mac 'n cheese for those who cannot tolerate gluten – you’ll swear it’s the real thing. The spices can be dialed down for small children, or pumped up for adults." – Heidi Gibson of The AMERICAN Grilled Cheese Kitchen

Let's Make This Recipe!

  • 3 cups (12 oz) Tillamook Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup gruyere, shredded
  • 7 tablespoons Tillamook Salted Butter
  • 6 tablespoons gluten-free flour (such as Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour)
  • 4 cups milk
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 lb gluten free pasta of your choice (elbow shape is traditional), cooked to al dente or according to the directions on the package
  • 1 cup fresh gluten free bread crumbs (optional)
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F.

  • Step 2

    Mix Tillamook Shredded Sharp Cheddar and gruyere cheese together in a bowl, set aside.

  • Step 3

    Melt 6 tablespoons butter in a medium heavy bottom saucepan over medium-low heat. When butter is melted, whisk in gluten free flour; keep whisking until roux thickens and lets off a nutty aroma, 2-3 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Add milk in a thin stream to roux, whisking as you go. Add cayenne, mustard, salt and pepper. Allow mixture to come to a low boil, continuing to whisk.

  • Step 5

    Simmer sauce until thickened, about 2 minutes, then turn off heat and stir in all but ½ cup of shredded cheese.

  • Step 6

    Stir in cooked, drained gluten free macaroni into cheese sauce. Pour entire contents into buttered casserole dish (a 3-Qt dish is the right size).

  • Step 7

    In a small bowl, stir together bread crumbs (if using) and remaining ½ cup cheese. Sprinkle over macaroni. Bake in middle of oven 25-30 minutes, until golden and bubbling.

Recipe By

Heidi Gibson & Nate Pollak

THE AMERICAN Grilled Cheese Kitchen is San Francisco's first and only breakfast and lunch spot that exclusively focuses on serving up everyone's favorite sandwich - the grilled cheese. Key ingredients: fresh fixings and creativity.

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