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Gluten Free Mac & Cheese

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By Mary Frances: Founder of The Gluten-Free Cooking School.

I’m a child of the eighties and I unashamedly confess that I prefer Kraft Mac and Cheese to those heavy, gloppy macaroni and cheese casseroles. Unfortunately, Kraft has not come up with a gluten free version of childhood’s favorite side dish. If I want to make gluten free mac & cheese for my family I have two choices. The easy option is to by a couple of boxes of Annie’s GF macaroni and cheese. This is an expensive option and I can still tell that it’s not what I grew up with.

The second option is to make it myself. Ever since my mom and sister-in-law came up with this recipe, homemade gluten free macaroni and cheese is the hands down favorite with the kids and adults.
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The type of noodle that you use is important. Since the cooked pasta must be stirred you have to use a gluten free pasta that doesn’t fall apart once it is cooked. My first choice of pastas for this recipe is Pasta D’oro, a gluten free corn pasta that is made from non-GMO corn. I’m not nearly as picky about the shape of the pasta.

Gluten Free Macaroni & Cheese
(yield: 10 servings)

ingredients:
16 oz. gluten free pasta
8 oz. Velveeta
2 oz. cream cheese
2 oz. butter
2 – 4 oz. water or milk
Dash of ground turmeric (optional)
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions:
Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain the cooked pasta and return it to the pot. Cut the Velveeta, cream cheese, and butter into chunks and add these, along with 2 oz. water and the Parmesan cheese to the pasta. Turn the heat up to medium and stir the pasta regularly until the cheese has melted. Stir in a dash of turmeric and the remaining 2 oz. of water, if you desire.

P.S. I’m not crazy about using Velveeta cheese. I accidentally discovered that it’s great for cleaning the insides of pots that are stained from much use….and that freaked me out. I just received an email from Lynda K about a civil war recipe for mac and cheese, that’s very similar to this in method but uses real cheese. Elise at Simply Recipes came up with a modern interpretation of the civil war mac & cheese if you’d like to give that a try. Just use GF pasta and breadcrumbs (or leave the breadcrumbs off).

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