Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate in comfort foods. And the homemade version is even better. If you’re dealing with gluten allergies or sensitivity, then this gluten free homemade mac and cheese version is the perfect solution.
Like most kids, I remember that delicious blue box of the popular brand of mac and cheese. It was ooey, gooey and the highlight of the meal. Now that I’m older though I still like my mac and cheese, but I no longer reach for that blue box.
You don’t need artificial flavors and colors to enjoy mac and cheese. The Yellow dyes found in the boxed processed version has been shown to cause hyperactivity and ADHD symptoms in children. There use is banned in Europe because of the behavior issues and since they can even contribute to cancer.
Even worse though, they’re derived from petroleum, also known as crude oil. That little blue box doesn’t sound quite so good now, does it? This homemade gluten free mac and cheese uses a few simple and tasty ingredients, no petroleum required!
Homemade Gluten Free Mac and Cheese
Fill the saucepan with filtered water and bring to a boil. Add the macaroni and oil and cook for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want the pasta al dente; soft, but with a little bit of bite to it. The oil helps to keep the gluten free pasta from sticking together.
While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in the skillet over medium low heat. Once it’s melted, sprinkle the rice flour on top of the butter and whisk vigorously to combine. Cook for 1 minute while whisking.
Add the milk to the butter mixture and whisk well to combine. Continue whisking as it cooks and thickens, about 8 minutes.
Add the salt and rosemary to the sauce and stir well to combine. Add more salt to taste if needed.
Drain the pasta and add it to a large mixing bowl. Pour the sauce over the pasta and add the cheddar cheese. Gently stir everything to combine.
Pour the mac and cheese into a well greased 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top of the macaroni and bake at 375 for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.