Easy Gluten-Free Macaroni and Cheese


This gluten-free mac and cheese recipe is super easy to make and kid approved. Cheesy gluten-free deliciousness!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 10 ounces gluten-free elbow pasta

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt

  • ¾ teaspoon mustard powder

  • 4 cups milk

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided


  • 2 gluten-free bread slices, toasted and broken into crumbs (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon butter, softened (Optional)

  • ½ teaspoon paprika (Optional)


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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

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

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

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


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

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

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 (per serving)

483 Calories
28g Fat
38g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 483
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 17g 86%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 746mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 553mg 43%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 240mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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