Fifteen Minute Mac 'n' Cheese Dinner (gluten free option)

Fifteen Minute Mac 'n' Cheese Dinner

"If I had a million dollars,
We wouldn't have to eat Kraft Dinner
But we would eat Kraft Dinner
Of course we would. We'd just eat more..."
      - Barenaked Ladies, If I had a Million Dollars

K.D. That's what we called the stuff in school. It was cheap, fast, and, well... fast. What if you could make real macaroni and cheese from scratch in the same time, or less? Our boys would eat this every day if we let them.

Gather up two pots- one to boil the pasta and one to make the sauce- a mixing spoon, a silicone-coated whisk, and a colander. Fetch these ingredients:

2 tbsp flour (sweet rice flour for gluten free*)
2 tbsp butter
2 cups milk (whole works best)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 12oz package of macaroni shells, elbows, or alphabets. Use gluten free if you wish.

Ready, set, GO!

Start a pot of water to boil.

Add the butter to a sauce pot. Once it melts, stir in the flour. As soon as the flour is browned a bit in the butter, add the milk.* Bring it all to a slow boil, stirring constantly.

Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot or boiling water and cook according to the package directions.

When the sauce is thick, add the grated cheese and stir until it melts. That's your cheese sauce.

As soon as the pasta is cooked, strain it and stir it into the cheese sauce. Voila! Homemade macaroni and cheese in the same time it takes to make the boxed stuff.

While you're stirring, go ahead and sing along...

* As I am allergic to rice, I have never actually tried making a roux with sweet rice flour. It seems to be the most recommended when I searched around online for a wheat flour substitute for the basic cheese sauce.

I shared this recipe with these natural food recipe link-ups: Make Your Own Monday, the Hearth and Soul Hop,  Foodie Friends Friday and Empty Your Archives.


  1. Allergic to rice? So sad! Your mac and cheese looks really good! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!

  2. This looks good for gluten free. Thanks for posting.

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