Southern Baked Mac & Cheese

Southern Baked Mac & Cheese

This ooey gooey, gluten free mac & cheese with a light crunch on top is a classic comfort dish for both adults and children to indulge in. These cheesy noodles + your favorite show on Circle Network = the perfect night in.
4.75 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course, Snack
Servings 8


  • 10 oz gluten-free elbow pasta gluten-free penne pasta can also be used
  • 1/4 cup butter optional
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp mustard powder
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4 cups shredded cheese, divided any variety of cheese can be used


  • 2 gluten-free bread slices, toasted and broken into crumbs optional
  • 1 tsp butter, softened optional
  • 1/2 tsp paprika optional


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  • Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through, but firm to the bite. About 8 minutes. Drain.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir salt and mustard powder into melted butter and remove saucepan from heat.
  • Whisk milk and cornstarch together in a bowl until smooth. Stir into butter mixture until well blended. Return saucepan to stove and cook milk mixture, stirring constantly, over medium heat until sauce is thickened. About 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat.
  • Stir 3 cups of desired cheese into sauce until heat from sauce melts cheese. Add pasta to cheese sauce and stir well. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  • Combine remaining 1 cup of cheese, gluten-free bread crumbs, 1 tsp butter, and paprika in a bowl. Sprinkle over pasta mixture.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until top is crunchy, about 30 minutes.


Keyword circle kichen, mac and cheese, main course, Recipe, snack
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