Cheesy gluten-free deliciousness that is super easy to make. Kid-approved!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Topping:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.

  • Melt 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir salt and mustard powder into melted butter and remove saucepan from heat.

  • Whisk milk and cornstarch together in a bowl until smooth; stir into butter mixture until well blended. Return saucepan to stove; cook milk mixture, stirring constantly, over medium heat until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat.

  • Stir 3 cups Cheddar cheese into sauce until heat from sauce melts cheese. Add pasta to cheese sauce and stir well; pour into the prepared baking dish.

  • Combine remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese, gluten-free bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon butter, and paprika in a bowl; sprinkle over pasta mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until top is crunchy, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Gluten-free penne pasta can also be used in place of the elbow. Any variety of cheese can be used in place of the Cheddar cheese, if desired.

Tips

You can use your hands or a food processor to turn toast into crumbs for the topping.

Tips

If you do not desire a crunchy topping, place reserved 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese on top of pasta mixture and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

521.3 calories; 21 g protein; 42.6 g carbohydrates; 85.7 mg cholesterol; 809.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2015
Great exactly as posted. Made some changes the second time I made it based on my family's preferences. Cooked bacon with onions & jalapeño with a little molasses to carmalize. Also used a combination of cheddar Colby jack and cream cheese. And put crushed potatoe chips on top. Amazing! My hubby is not a fan of Mac and cheese or gluten free but he went back for seconds! Thanks for an awesome recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/09/2018
I think 4 cups of milk was too much. Mine just turned into a soupy mess. Read More
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43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2015
Great exactly as posted. Made some changes the second time I made it based on my family's preferences. Cooked bacon with onions & jalapeño with a little molasses to carmalize. Also used a combination of cheddar Colby jack and cream cheese. And put crushed potatoe chips on top. Amazing! My hubby is not a fan of Mac and cheese or gluten free but he went back for seconds! Thanks for an awesome recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2015
Great exactly as posted. Made some changes the second time I made it based on my family's preferences. Cooked bacon with onions & jalapeño with a little molasses to carmalize. Also used a combination of cheddar Colby jack and cream cheese. And put crushed potatoe chips on top. Amazing! My hubby is not a fan of Mac and cheese or gluten free but he went back for seconds! Thanks for an awesome recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2015
Delicious! I followed the recipe with a small exception; I used GF bread crumbs in the topping. I made it for our family Christmas lunch for my cousin who is gluten intolerant. I ate it as well and it was as good as our regular mac and cheese. This is definitely a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/09/2018
I think 4 cups of milk was too much. Mine just turned into a soupy mess. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2016
The cooking/prep time is accurate if you set out all of your ingredients. I used Barilla Gluten Free Elbows (the best GF pasta in my opinion). Will definitely be making it again and may be adding bacon bits onions and tomatoes just to change it up. Still delicious as-is! Highly recommend. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2016
This was delicious. I did add MacLarens sharp cheese to the recipe to make up some of the cheese in the main dish and also some worchestershire sauce (1 1/2 tsp.) I will definitely make this again. Everyone loved it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2016
I would give it 4 1/2 stars if possible. More the inexperience of the cook (me) than the recipe itself is why I can't give it another star. Even with that it came out quite good - I was actually surprised. I would make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2017
We have a family of six so I multiplied the recipe times 1 1/2. It worked fine. I also used gluten free bread crumbs instead of the toast and omitted the mustard powder and paprika. The entire family loved it! You could not even tell it was gluten free. It was an easy and delicious dish for all!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2017
Excellent easy recipe for someone that used to make the boxed stuff most of the time. From scratch was too long and too much. I halved this recipe (as the main dish for two servings) and it was so easy! I made it in my cast iron skillet... melted the butter added the salt (omitted the mustard powder) and per other reviewers I reduced the milk to 1 1/2 cups from the listed two cups (half of the recipe.) Added 1 1/2 tablespoons of corn starch to the milk whisked and poured in the skillet. Took less than a minute for it to thicken probably because the skillet was already hot. Added some onion powder and paprika and 1 1/2 cups of sharp cheddar (saving the other 1/2 for the top.) Sprinkled with just a little bit of paprika and put in the oven. Took less than 8 minutes to get ready to go in the oven and only 20 minutes to bake (convection) so super quick! Didn't use any toppings other than the cheese but I plan on making this for Thanksgiving in a bigger stainless steel skillet and I will put the cheese in the middle and surround that with crushed plain potato chips. Sure to be a hit! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/21/2016
It took me over an hour and another twenty minutes in dishes. Would not reccomend. Read More
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