Gluten Free Recipes
A Gluten-Free Kid Favorite: Baked Macaroni and Cheese (Recipe)
Macaroni and cheese has to be a top the 10 favorite foods of any kid, and moms like to give their kids food they enjoy. So what do you do when your child has to eat gluten free?
The first thing you should do is find a gluten-free pasta that your child likes. There are many brands made from several different ingredients. Tinkyada is a brand that is sold in many regular grocery stores and is very popular. It is one of our favorites.
Jovial pasta had a gluten-free version that can be ordered online if you can’t find it in a store. It is probably the most similar to wheat pasta of the gluten-free pastas I have tried.
Once you find the right pasta, the rest is easy. If your child really misses mac ‘n cheese from a box, you can still give him that same taste. The cheese packet from Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is gluten-free! Simply follow the direction on the box for adding the cheese to your gluten-free pasta.
Below is a baked macaroni and cheese recipe which my kids love, and prefer over the boxed version. The recipe uses canned evaporated milk, but regular milk can be substituted. Evaporated milk has a higher protein content.
If your child has to be dairy free as well as gluten free, try making this recipe using a milk substitute, such as almond milk, Daiya cheddar style shreds, and a butter substitute.
Gluten Free Baked Macaroni and Cheese
- 16 ounces gluten-free pasta (macaroni, penne, spirals)
- 8 ounces evaporated milk (or regular milk)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 10 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
- Cook and drain the pasta according to package instructions.
- Beat the milk and eggs together with a fork.
- Spread half the pasta in the baking dish.
- Drizzle half the butter over the pasta.
- Pour half the milk mixture evenly over top.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
- Put half the shredded cheese on top.
- Repeat the layers.
- Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes or until the egg mixture has set.