Easy, gluten-free mac and cheese that is ready in 20 minutes! It’s perfectly creamy, cheesy and delicious.

This recipe is my kids #1 dinner request! Serve this as simple mac and cheese – or top it with gluten-free breadcrumbs and pop it in the oven for a baked gluten-free macaroni and cheese!

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There are few things better than a warm bowl of creamy homemade mac and cheese. I’m here to tell you it’s easy to make gluten-free and well worth the effort.

This gluten-free mac and cheese dinner only takes 20 minutes to make and is way better than any boxed option out there. I almost always have everything to make it on hand and it’s one of my kid’s favorite meals!

If it’s pasta you love, you also might like this gluten-free spaghetti sauce or this best gluten-free Alfredo sauce.

Ingredients You’ll Need

This gluten-free mac and cheese recipe has a creamy homemade bechamel sauce as a base. That might sound fancy but it’s really simple to make! Here are a few notes on the ingredients:

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  • Gluten-Free Pasta: My favorite brand of pasta is Jovial Brand brown rice pasta, but you can use any brand of gluten-free pasta in this recipe.  I also like barilla gluten free elbow pasta.
  • Milk: I prefer this sauce made with whole milk (we love A2 whole milk!) but it also works with 2% milk. For best results, do not use skim milk.
  • Cheeses: Sharp cheddar and parmesan cheese is my favorite combination! (Fresh cheese is way more flavorful than cheddar cheese powder!) You can swap in any cheese you like. I also like using part gruyere cheese. 
  • Mustard Powder: Adds a yummy flavor to the mac n cheese sauce! You can also add a little garlic powder if you like.
  • Gluten-Free Flour: This is used to thicken the sauce. I usually recommend using a brand that contains xathan gum for gluten-free baking. However, sauces do not necessarily need xanthan gum so any brand of gluten-free flour will work in this easy recipe!

How to Make Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese

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  • To start – boil some water in a large pot and cook the gluten free noodles according to package instructions will al dente in salted water. While the pasta cooks make the sauce.
  • I like to start by microwaving the milk. You want to add warm milk to the sauce so it turns out smooth. Cold milk will cause the flour to clump up.
  • Now you’ll make a gluten-free roux for the gluten-free bechamel sauce. Melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the flour and cook for a few minutes to get the raw flour taste out of the mixture.
  • Whisk in the warm milk, stirring constantly during the cooking process until it has all been added.

Tip: Use warm milk rather than cold to make the creamy sauce so the flour doesn’t clump up when you add it.

  • Next whisk in the seasonings then add the shredded cheese.
  • Stir until smooth and melted, then add the cooked pasta to the creamy cheese sauce. Mix until combined and serve!
adding cooked macaroni to cheese sauce

For Baked Gluten-Free Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe works well as a quick and easy stovetop mac and cheese, and also as a baked dish. Baked mac and cheese makes a great side dish for so many meals!

Preheat the oven to 325F and pour the mac and cheese into a baking dish. Top it with a little more cheese (I like to use a combination of cheddar/parmesan) and bake for 15-20 minutes. 

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Storage/Make-Ahead Options

Storage: This macaroni and cheese is best the day it’s made. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Make Ahead as a Baked Side: To make the mac and cheese in advance, prepare it according to the recipe and spread it into a casserole dish. Top it with gluten-free breadcrumbs if you like for a crunchy topping! Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day before baking. Top it with cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes at 325F.

More Gluten-Free Dishes to Try:

MORE GLUTEN-FREE RECIPES

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you try it be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you!

4.89 from 17 votes

Easy, Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Easy, homemade gluten-free mac and cheese that is ready to go in about 20 minutes from start to finish. It’s perfectly creamy, cheesy and delicious.
Serve this as stovetop mac and cheese or top it with gluten free breadcrumbs and pop it in the oven for baked mac and cheese!

Ingredients

  • 12 oz gluten-free pasta
  • 2 cups milk preferably whole milk but 2% will work
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper optional
  • 2-3 cups freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese about 8oz
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
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Instructions 

  • Cook the pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Microwave the milk for 1 minute until it is slightly warm.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a skillet or pot over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the milk. Continue to whisk until smooth until all the milk has been added.
  • Stir in the salt, mustard powder and cayenne. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 more minutes. Stir in cheddar and parmesan, stirring constantly until all of the cheese has melted into the sauce.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the cooked pasta. Season to taste with more salt and pepper if needed. Serve hot and enjoy!

Notes

Gluten-Free Pasta: My favorite brand of pasta is Jovial Foods, but you can use any brand of gluten-free pasta in this recipe. 
Milk: I prefer this sauce made with whole milk (we love A2 whole milk!) but it also works with 2% milk.
Cheeses: You can swap in other cheese for the cheddar and parmesan if you like! I also like using part gruyere cheese. 
For Oven-Baked Mac and Cheese: This recipe works well baked in the oven as well. Preheat the oven to 325F and pour the mac and cheese into a baking dish after making it. Top with a little more cheese (I like to use a combination of cheddar/parmesan) and bake for 15-20 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 307IU | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg

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Hi, I'm Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I'm here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. 4 stars
    I am just a few months in dianosed with Celiac and I love this recipe. but i found the best gluren free pasta ever. it is so much like reg my sons love it too. Barilla Gluten-Free and Ronzoni Gluten Free. I also Buy these rice macaronni noodles that are amazing. just wanted to let people know about the brands but I loved the recipe for sure

  2. 4 stars
    Making this for the second time and sticking to exact recipe. It’s a winner! This time I doubled it and am bringing it to my mother’s 91st birthday party. Not planning on telling anyone it’s gluten free! So yummy! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I have tried many gluten free mac and cheese dishes before and this has by far been the best one! My kids loved it and didnt leave any left overs. Thats a win in my book! Thanks for posting!

  4. 5 stars
    THANK YOU! My son had to start eating gluten-free and his favorite dish was mac and cheese. I thought we were out of luck but now he loves this recipe even more than the others! Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    This is my first review ever pertaining to a recipe I found on the internet. Every single macaroni and cheese recipe I’ve tried is always dry the next day and just lacks flavor. This is the best mac and cheese I’ve ever made and is very easy and it takes minimal effort!!!! Our leftovers were creamy ALL week, it was astonishing!!! I think that parmesan cheese has something to do with it. Thanks for an epic and easy recipe!!

  6. 5 stars
    Wow, just wow! Love this creamy stovetop Mac and cheese! So easy and I love that it uses simple ingredients. Thank you 🙂

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