Easy Baked Macaroni & Cheese Casserole (Gluten & Dairy Free)

If you’re like me, you’re always in a rush for dinner and not enough time or energy to make it, at least not a very healthy one! Luckily for us gluten and dairy free eaters, we pretty much have to make something from scratch, as there aren’t many ready to eat meals. Thank goodness I love to cook or these dietary restrictions would be a nightmare! But, when you’re dead on your feet,  have a baby kicking you non-stop in the ribs and haven’t slept in days, this recipe is a total lifesaver! LOL Seriously though, this casserole is super easy to make, and since it has so many variations, it never gets old! This is a great way to have a one-dish meal with plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week! I make this at least once a week for dinner,  (in fact I have the tuna noodle variation in the oven right now!) and then the extras are great for lunches for me. It is a huge time saver, plus its full of protein and other nutrients! YAY for eating healthy, especially important for me while I’m prego. This recipe puts alot of my other pasta dishes to shame in both taste, time and convenience, its my new ultimate go-to recipe! I’m sure there are many other variations you could make, these were just a few of the ones Ive tried and were really tasty! If you’ve got suggestions please feel free to share! You really cant go wrong with any combo of extra add-in ingredients, so add away! I hope you give this one a try next time you’re strapped for time or just want some delicious comfort food! Enjoy 🙂

Easy Baked Macaroni & Cheese Casserole (Printable Version)
Mac and cheese
Ingredients
6-ounces (gluten free) pasta:
*elbow macaroni, rotini, fusilini, or shells
1 cup (plain, unsweetened almond) milk
2 Tbsp (gluten free) flour
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup plain (gluten free) breadcrumbs, panko or regular
1-2 Tbsp (non-dairy) butter, melted

Directions:
COOK pasta according to package directions; drain well. Set aside.

PLACE milk, flour, and onion salt in a jar; cover tightly, and shake vigorously 1 minute.

STIR together flour mixture, 1 cup cheese, and macaroni. Add in any other items: meat, veggies, etc. (see below for variations)

POUR macaroni mixture into a lightly greased 1 & ½ qt baking dish.

SPRINKLE evenly with breadcrumbs and a little more cheese; drizzle evenly with melted butter.

BAKE at 380 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

* Variations:
Macaroni & Cheese with ham, corn & green bell peppers
Tuna Noodle with peas and carrots OR broccoli
Chicken, Bacon & Ranch (seasoning) with green onions
Chicken Cordon Bleu with chicken, ham and parmesan cheese
Taco Bake with bell peppers, corn, olives, ground turkey/beef/shredded chicken, beans and taco seasoning

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2 Comments »

  1. Robyn Said:

    Your recipe says Gluten and Dairy free. Cheddar Cheese is dairy. How is this free?? My daughter has severe food allergies and I’m trying to find a recipe to use for mac & cheese.

    • NutMeg Said:

      Sorry, I usually put the dairy free subs on there as well…… You can substitute the cheddar for dairy free cheese (soy, almond, rice, etc) to make it truly dairy free. Sharp cheddar cheese is the only kind of dairy i can get away with, and I stick with that because I have so many other allergies too! Hope that helps! 🙂


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