What’s comfort food if it makes you sick? Seriously.. I don’t know either. Mac and cheese used to make my system grind to a nauseating painful halt almost immediately. It took me a long time to figure out how to replace it, and there is no way I am eating any of that box mac ever again. This is a good meal, or side dish. It’s also considered an official vegetable in Tennessee.
Here’s our version of GF mac and cheese with benefits.
MAC and CHEESE
Step one: Boil up some gluten free pasta. We like the Tinkyada brand elbow shaped ones for this dish.
Step two: Drain the noodles into a collander – over the sink – (don’t ask me how I know to do that part)
Step three: Make the sauce.
Saute some minced onion in a tablespoon of safflower oil. Add 2 tablespoons of gluten free flour… I used a mixture of brown rice flour and potato starch with a little millet flour thrown in there too.
Alternate adding 1/2 C coconut milk, 1/2 rice milk and enough veggie stock to make a nice gravy- slightly thinner than you would like gravy to be really… because the noodles soak in it when it’s baking. Stir in a jar of butternut squash. Yes, the baby food will be just fine. It colors it yellow for those who need it to be “yellow” and puts in a bit of nutrition that they wouldn’t have touched otherwise.
If you are CF- don’t add the cheese… if you are GF only and not avoiding casein, then add in some grated mozzerella cheese… I add about 1 or 1 1/2 cups of grated cheese. Only white cheese and only vegetarian, or we don’t get any. I did find some rustic white cheddar that was delicious, but we stick to mozzerella most of the time.
Adding salt, white pepper, dry mustard to taste, and a pinch of poultry seasoning to the sauce helps it out.
Pour the drained noodles in with the sauce and mix together. Bake concoction in an oiled pan at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until it is bubbly and starting to brown. Again if you are ONLY GF, then sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top for the last 10 minutes of baking time. If you are avoiding cheese.. you can skip it.. it is still yummy.
Mac and cheese on a rainy winter night? Comfort food that won’t make me sick. ahhhhhhhhh.