Easy gluten-free mac and cheese with goat cheese. Made with a thick and gooey homemade cheese sauce that includes cheddar and goat cheese plus roasted red peppers.
This post is sponsored by Montchevre but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Mac and cheese is one of those childhood favorites that you never seem to grow out of. I mean what’s not to love about tender pasta coated in creamy, cheesy sauce? I’ve enjoyed homemade mac and cheese often, but I’ve also had my share of boxed variety. Being older, I need to watch what I eat better. This Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese with Goat Cheese will satisfy your nostalgic craving, without the guilt.
While I don’t have any specific gluten sensitivities that I know of, a little bit of moderation never hurt. This recipe will show you easy gluten-free substitutes so you can still enjoy things like mac and cheese, even if you are on a gluten-free diet. I was surprised to find that my recent trip to Whole Foods offered a plethora of gluten-free pastas.
How to make mac and cheese gluten-free:
The most obvious swap is to use gluten-free pasta. There’s plenty of rice flour noodles available at most stores. On top of that, it adds extra protein and fiber to your gluten-free mac and cheese.
Cheese sauce is typically made with a roux, which is melted butter and flour. Once milk is added and simmered, it thickens into a sauce. A simple gluten-free alternative is to use cornstarch, which thickens up just as easily. Then mix in shredded cheese and stir until melted into a cheesy sauce.
Unique additions to mac and cheese:
This homemade gluten-free mac and cheese isn’t just a replacement for your basic boxed variety. Goat cheese and roasted red bell peppers creates a bold and unique flavor. I’ve still included shredded cheddar to keep the sauce extra gooey.
Montchevre Goat Cheese works well in this recipe. It’s made with fresh, high quality goat’s milk collected from local, independent family farms. The traditional French cheese-making method ensures rich and smooth texture, along with fresh and mild flavor. It’s also high in protein, calcium and vitamin D, and contains less lactose than many other cheeses, making it a great addition to your healthy and active lifestyle.
With just a few simple substitutions you can enjoy wholesome Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese with Goat Cheese as an easy family favorite. Add even more protein by stirring in shredded cooked rotisserie chicken for a complete meal.
More cheesy recipes you may like:
- Cheesy Chile and Chicken Flatbread Pizza
- Cheesy Hot Dog Tartlets
- Creamy Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Squares
Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese with Goat Cheese and Roasted Peppers
Wholesome gluten free mac and cheese made with homemade cheese sauce that includes goat cheese and roasted red peppers.
- 16 ounces gluten-free elbow pasta
- 4 cups milk
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ⅓ cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 8 ounces Montchevre Goat Cheese crumbled
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
- ½ cup drained roasted red bell peppers chopped
Preheat oven to 425 F. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add gluten-free pasta. Cook according to package directions, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but slightly firm. Drain and rinse with cool water to stop cooking, set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together milk, cream, cornstarch, salt and pepper until smooth. Set aside.
Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until melted. Pour in milk and cornstarch mixture, stirring to combine. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens, 5-8 minutes. Slowly stir in goat cheese and 2 cups shredded cheddar. Continue stirring until melted and smooth. Toss together with cooked pasta and roasted peppers.
Pour into a casserole or 8x8 baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake 10-12 minutes, until cheese is melted. Broil top, watching carefully, to brown if desired.
Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com
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