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homemade gluten free mac and cheese

Gluten Free Baked Mac and Cheese

As delicious as Grandma's, this creamy mac and cheese is made simple, easy, and completely gluten-free!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked macaroni, cheddar cheese, cheese sauce, easy gluten free, gluten free, gluten free elbow, gluten free pasta, mac and cheese, macaroni, sharp cheddar cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 16 oz uncooked gluten-free elbow pasta
  • 1 lb American cheese cubed
  • 5 tbsp Parmesan and Romano cheese blend grated
  • 1/2 cup Colby Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup smoked Gouda cheese shredded
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • dash salt


  1. Pour water into a large pot and add a dash of salt and olive oil.

  2. Bring water to a rolling boil, and cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.

  3. Once cooked, immediately drain and rinse the pasta in cold water, tossing until cooled and thoroughly rinsed.

  4. Set the cooked pasta aside.

  5. In a small saucepan, combine the American cheese and Parmesan/Romano cheese blend, along with the heavy cream.

  6. Cook the cheese sauce on medium heat, stirring continuously until the cheese is fully melted.

  7. Spray an 8x8 (or larger) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and add the cooked macaroni.

  8. Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta, gently tossing the pasta to coat evenly.

  9. Sprinkly the top of the pasta with the Colby Jack and smoked Gouda cheese, then top with the breadcrumbs.

  10. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter until completely melted.

  11. Pour the melted butter over the mac and cheese, and place the macaroni and cheese in the oven to broil.

  12. Broil just until the cheese and breadcrumbs start to brown. This should only take 1-2 minutes.

  13. Remove from oven and serve with your favorite main dish. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Tip: Add freshly chopped bacon bits to the top of the mac and cheese just before baking to give this recipe an extra wow factor!

Half and half or whole milk can be substituted for the heavy whipping cream.

Sharp cheddar or mild cheddar cheese can be substituted for the Colby Jack cheese. 

Regular pasta can be used in place of gluten-free pasta.