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Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

Although we love my rice cooker macaroni and cheese, there are times that we want something a little different and more like a classic macaroni and cheese.

I had several macaroni and cheese recipes that I made and loved, before going gluten free, but since going gluten free my family has missed them.

I have tried to adapt my old favorites, using gluten free pastas, and by changing up the sauce a little, but they were just not adapting right.

The sauce to pasta ratio was not right. Not only that I found that using cornstarch in the sauce in place of the flour, gave the macaroni and cheese an odd taste and texture that we did not like.

I knew though that to get more of a classic baked macaroni and cheese I needed a white sauce as a base. Since macaroni and cheese is a family favorite, I was not about to give up on finding a gluten free version that we liked.

I decided to try and adapt the Pioneer Woman’s Macaroni and Cheese to make it gluten free. I tweaked a few things with the sauce to make it work, but it turned out great.

I found that using potato starch in place of the flour worked best in the sauce in this recipe. Potato starch is a staple in most gluten free kitchens, so it is a good choice as a replacement for flour in dishes like this.

I have actually never made this recipe the regular way. I am assuming it is very good, since the gluten free version turned out so well.

I have now made this several times and my whole family enjoys it. In fact, I served it to a friend of ours and he could not believe it was gluten free. I love hearing that with gluten free food. So, often you can tell when things are gluten free. Hearing that it tastes just like regular food is quite a compliment.

I hope you enjoy!

This post linked to Gluten Free Wednesdays.

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. I make a pretty similar gluten free mac and cheese. It’s such a hit with kids you pretty much have to learn to make a gluten free version if you have small children.
    .-= flora´s last blog ..Chocolate Frosting =-.

  2. This this incredibly packed with flavor! I bet you can’t even tell it’s gluten free 🙂 I’ve really been wanting to try a dairy free version, but I haven’t been that ambitious yet!

    ~Aubree Cherie
    .-= Aubree Cherie´s last blog ..My Fav (Top 10) Recipes from Last Week (6/8-6/14 =-.

  3. Okay, now I’m really missing cheese. I doubt it will be very good with a substitute. So glad you can enjoy it though. Thanks for linking up.

    • I can’t not imagine being dairy and gluten free. It would really be hard, but if you feel better it is worth it.

    • Add me to the dairy-free, gluten-free crowd. I wish I could come up with something like this for her. Sigh. Enjoy it for those of us that can’t!!

    • Linda –

      Have you tried Daiya “cheese” yet? It’s the absolute best for those of us who are dairy and gluten – free 🙂

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