Stove top macaroni and cheese, so rich and delicious that adults will love it, too? Yeah, this one's a keeper...
This gluten free mac and cheese recipe uses minimal ingredients and only requires a few simple steps. It's cooked in one pan!
This gluten free macaroni and cheese recipe is gluten-free, nut-free, and egg-free.
Article courtesy of Alison Needham, A Girl Defloured
About kid-approved gluten free mac and cheese:
My kids agree on practically nothing when it comes to dinner–this recipe for macaroni and cheese included. My middle son, under no circumstances, will eat pasta. The oldest son practically eats nothing but pasta (with meat sauce). And their sister prefers her pasta to come slathered with a creamy alfredo sauce or cheese. However (embarrassingly) she always liked the boxed mac & cheese more than any homemade version I served her. Until this!
Enter Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese - the recipe that makes (almost) everyone happy!
I gave up on homemade macaroni & cheese for a long time. Why bother to make a from-scratch sauce when my kids just turned up their nose? But then I discovered a method to make it on the stove top that everyone (except my one son who refuses pasta) loves–adults included.
Stove top macaroni and cheese is kind of revolutionary really. And all kinds of crazy awesome. I must warn you, though, this is NOT a health food…you’re not one of those people who thinks being gluten-free will help you lose weight, are you? Good.
Serve this Stove Top Mac & Cheese right away - consider it "make & eat" style.
The one caveat to this dish is that it must be served immediately or the sauce can become clumpy. It can be rewarmed, but you'll need to swirl in a bit of milk and hope for the best. But I think you’ll find that once you set this dish on the table, it will disappear in a few seconds flat.
What you need to make this easy gluten-free mac & cheese:
- dry oregano
- gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
- half and half
- dry gluten-free macaroni
- sharp cheddar cheese
What kind of gluten-free pasta to use in this macaroni & cheese:
There are tons of gluten-free pastas on the market. My current favorites are the dried elbow pasta dried gluten-free elbow pasta, we like the ones from Schar, Barilla or Jovial. You definitely want to use a dry pasta in this recipe.
Let's make gluten-free stove top mac & cheese!
Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese
- 4 tablespoon butter
- 1 onion finely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
- 3 ½ cups half and half
- 8 oz (about 3 cups) dry gluten-free macaroni
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated (do not use the pre-bagged kind because the extra starches will cause the sauce to be too thick)
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until onion is soft and translucent. Stir in the oregano, salt and flour and cook for 1 minute more.
- Add the half and half and pasta and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked through.
- Add the cheese and stir until melted. Serve immediately.
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You will never eat a better macaroni and cheese than this. Swear.
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Frequently Asked Questions about this Stove Top Mac and Cheese:
To make mac and cheese in a single pan, we cook the pasta in half and half and stir the cheese and other ingredients in as the pasta is cooking. It's delicious!
Kraft now makes a gluten free Kraft mac and cheese boxed product. Standard Kraft macaroni and cheese is not gluten free, so look fpr the product with the green Gluten-Free banner on the label. The pasta in gluten free Kraft mac and cheese is made from rice and corn.
One pan stove top macaroni and cheese is the best easy gluten free mac and cheese. Gluten free pasta cooks in half and half, and the cheese and other ingredients are stirred in while the pasta is cooking.