One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese | Get Inspired Everyday!
One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese | Get Inspired Everyday!

This One Pot Mac and Cheese has been a while in the making. I first made it back when the one pot meal craze first hit. But then in the way of a recipe developer always making new things, it went to the back burner – really no pun intended.

Time went by, and I sort of forgot about it. However my friends and family who had heard about it/tasted it, kept asking when I was going to get that recipe done.

As if that weren’t already enough to motivate me, I started getting messages on Instagram during our Iceland trip asking about a mac and cheese recipe. You see, I had taken lots boxed gluten free mac and cheese on our trip for super easy meals.

One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese | Get Inspired Everyday!

I knew we’d be going non-stop, often days without any kind of grocery store. And so I brought along gluten free mac and cheese to save us on those days.

We made all sorts of versions of mac and cheese on the side of the road/mountain/highlands/glaciers of Iceland. And because it was all on my Insta Stories, the messages started pouring in asking about mac and cheese.

One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese | Get Inspired Everyday!

So finally, here it is – a super easy – one pot – gluten free mac and cheese, I mean… you couldn’t you ask for anything more!?! All the ingredients cook together in one pot, then you stir in cheese at the end, and serve. It’s really that simple, as you’ll see in the photos below.

Now let’s jump in and make my One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese step by step!

One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese | Get Inspired Everyday!

I used 100% brown rice gluten free shells for this recipe. I’ve used both Delallo and Jovial brands, and they both work great. I haven’t had the best luck with other gluten free pastas I’ve tried, but these 2 brands have been very reliable – just a friendly tip – not a paid advertisement by any means!

One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese | Get Inspired Everyday!

Once you have all the ingredients in the pot, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring a couple of times.

Then you’ll lower the heat to a simmer, and cover the pot. Stir occasionally during the cooking time to prevent sticking.

One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese | Get Inspired Everyday!

Once the pasta has absorbed most of the cooking liquid, (see above photo) you’ll add in the cheese and stir to combine over low heat. Low heat is really important because higher heat can cause a sharp cheddar cheese to become grainy.

This is definitely undesirable in a creamy mac and cheese. Then you add a splash of heavy cream, just enough to create the perfect consistency, and you’re ready to eat!

One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese | Get Inspired Everyday!

So the next time you’re really craving the ultimate comfort food, you’ll be ready with this easy one pot number! I love mine with nothing more than some freshly ground black pepper.

One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese | Get Inspired Everyday!

Or lots of freshly ground pepper for that matter! But you can also do some variations like we did in Iceland. Normally I’m a mac and cheese purist – meaning absolutely nothing but pasta and creamy cheese sauce.

However when you’re planning on eating it 4 times in 2 weeks, I don’t mind mixing it up! Each time we made boxed mac and cheese, we always enriched it with some Icelandic butter and local cheddar cheese. Because as we all know, boxed mac and cheese has nothing on a homemade version like this.

But we also did a bacon and gouda version one night. And on another evening we did green onions, halved cherry tomatoes with 3 cheeses – cheddar, gouda, and jalapeno havarti. Another favorite variation is to add Italian sausage with sautéed onions, peppers, and zucchini mixed in. By this time, it can hardly be called mac and cheese, but it is some good camp cooking that’s for sure!

One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese | Get Inspired Everyday!

More comfort food gluten free pasta recipe inspiration:

One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese | Get Inspired Everyday!

I sure hope you get a chance to make this mac and cheese soon, and if you do, I hope you’ll leave me a comment/rating below. I always love hearing from you here in the comments. And also over on Instagram where you can tag me at #getinspiredeveryday with your photos of what you make.

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One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese | Get Inspired Everyday!

One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese


  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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2 Tablespoons salted butter

Optional: 1 clove minced garlic

112 ounce package 100% brown rice gluten free pasta shells, or other shape

1/2 cup heavy cream

3 cups water

1/21 Teaspoon sea salt, or to taste – you can always start with less and add to taste at the end of the cooking time

Finishing ingredients:

1/41/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

2 cups grated sharp white cheddar cheese

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Instructions

Place a large saucepan, about 12″ diameter, over medium heat. Melt the butter, then add the optional garlic and sauté 30 seconds, then add  the pasta shells, and stir to combine. Next add the heavy cream, water, and sea salt to taste.

Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Then cover the pan and lower the heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring every couple of minutes until the pasta has absorbed the liquid, about 10-12 minutes.

When the pasta has absorbed the liquid and is al dente, add 1/4 cup of the heavy cream along with the mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Stir until the cheeses have completely melted. Then season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Check the consistency and add the remaining 1/4 cup heavy cream only if the mac and cheese is too thick.

Serve immediately.

If you happen to have any leftovers, you can alway put the cold mac and cheese into a waffle iron and make waffles for breakfast with an over easy egg.

Notes

I tried cooking this mac and cheese a number of different ways, with milk and half and half, but in the end the best texture came from a combination of water and heavy cream.

Use the best quality of cheese possible because the flavor of your final dish completely depends on the flavor of your cheese!

The nutrition facts were calculated with the full 1/2 cup heavy cream added in at the end, but you may need less.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: One Pot Mac and Cheese, Gluten free Mac and Cheese, Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

4 Comments on “One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese”

  1. Kari

    I’m very excited to try this recipe! However, I’m in a family of two…you mention that if there are leftovers you can make them into a waffle (sounds amazing, but I have no waffle maker, alas). Does that mean this dish cannot be reheated? I suppose I could half or quarter it for a single side serving for 2, but curious if you have recos on whether or not reheating is a possibility. I’m new-ish to GF pasta.

    Thanks!

    1. Kari

      You could cut the recipe in half, but I would also use a small pan so it cooks more evenly. But you can make the whole recipe and reheat it. With creamy based pastas, the best way to reheat them it to put them in a skillet with a bit of water (or more cream) and heat gently stirring to break up the pasta chunks until it’s smooth again. If you heat up a cream based pasta without water on the stove or in the microwave the sauce will ‘break’ and you’ll end up with a puddle of oil. Also gluten free pasta is extra soft when it’s reheated, so I guess there’s that too. I hope this helps and be sure to let me know which way you go or if you have any more questions. Also since you said you’re new to gluten free pasta, I really recommend Jovial, they’re fantastic! They’re the best GF pasta I’ve ever tried and they have lots of shapes!

  2. Kari

    This is so much fun to make! My kids and husband love it! My husband does not often praise food but when I made this for him he said it was the best Mac and cheese he’s ever had! And the kids of course gobbled it up. Pretty sure it’s going to be on the menu every week.

    1. Kari

      I’m so glad you made it, and I’m super impressed too since after we talked I was thinking I’d never be able to make it if I couldn’t personally eat it! Also I hope you’ll tell him I’m honored he liked it!

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