This is a very rich and flavorful macaroni and cheese dish that could be enjoyed as either a side dish or a main course! If the right gluten-free macaroni noodles are used (I recommend a quinoa-based elbow macaroni) this tastes as close to the real thing as you can get!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 cups
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 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.

  • Pour cream into a large saucepan over medium heat and season with salt and pepper.

  • Measure about 2 tablespoons Cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons fontina cheese, and 2 tablespoons Gouda cheese; set aside. Stir remaining Cheddar cheese, fontina cheese, and Gouda cheese into cream; cook, stirring frequently, until cheeses are melted and cheese sauce is smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat.

  • Mix pasta into cheese sauce until evenly coated; fold in bacon. Pour macaroni and cheese into the prepared baking dish and top with reserved cheese mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

This could be made with regular macaroni noodles, instead of gluten-free.

Nutrition Facts

587 calories; protein 21.3g 43% DV; carbohydrates 38.1g 12% DV; fat 39.2g 60% DV; cholesterol 141.2mg 47% DV; sodium 541.6mg 22% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (16)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2016
I've made this many times and have tried with different cheese combinations. Last Thanksgiving I made it and no one could tell I used Barillo GF pasta. Dish always empty (even when other mac and cheese dishes offered at pot lucks). I always hear raves. My crowd loves it! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/08/2018
It was good. We are new to gf recipes so getting use to the noodle consistency is difficult. Very cheesy sure. Just remember gluten free doesn t always mean healthy Read More
19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2015
Blue ribbon! Very tasty mix of cheeses and I just loved the bacon...so much I doubled it. I used corn based elbows and they were perfect. The pasta didn't turn to mush holding its shape just like regular pasta. Only thing I did not follow was that I cheated and mixed up the cheese sauce in the microwave. I think I'll add jalapeños next time. Thank you TRH333 for your recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2016
I've made this many times and have tried with different cheese combinations. Last Thanksgiving I made it and no one could tell I used Barillo GF pasta. Dish always empty (even when other mac and cheese dishes offered at pot lucks). I always hear raves. My crowd loves it! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2016
I couldn't find the cheeses it required so I improvised and used shredded cheese pepperjack cheddar and 5cheese blend. It was awesome!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2015
Fantastic. My family loved it and and my men did not even realize I used brown rice based gluten free elbow macaroni. I used corn free Simply Heinze Ketchup but otherwise a definite "DO-OVER" in my household. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2017
The only thing I changed was using a mix of evaporated milk & coconut milk instead of half & half (it's what I had on hand) cooked the organic bronze-cut pipe rigate pasta al dente allowing it to soak up the excess liquid. Topped with buttered homemade gluten free breadcrumbs and baked 30 minutes. The mixture of these cheeses is superb! My go to for those guilty cravings from now on!! Wonderful! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2015
Very good macaroni and cheese recipe. I loved it and I dont like regular macaroni and cheese. We used the gluten free noodles to make this a gluten free recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/08/2018
It was good. We are new to gf recipes so getting use to the noodle consistency is difficult. Very cheesy sure. Just remember gluten free doesn t always mean healthy Read More
Rating: 1 stars
06/11/2017
Followed the recipe exactly. Way too fattening and not very healthy with all that whipping cream and bacon. With all those different cheeses the sodium content is through the roof. Will not be making this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2015
We used cavatappi pasta instead of elbow. It was a great recipe. It takes some work if you shred your own cheese. It was a big hit for Thanksgiving dinner. Read More