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Gluten Free Penne Macaroni Cheese

Serves 4

This classic pasta dish, sometimes known as Mac ‘n Cheese, is made with brown rice penne and a creamy cheese sauce. Topping this wholesome bake with tomatoes is a great way to add a vegetable and colour to the meal.

Free from Gluten, Milk, Egg, Soya, Wheat, Dairy, Nuts
Vegetarian, Vegan


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Gluten Free Cheese Sauce

  1. Measure the milk into a saucepan then remove five tablespoons of the milk to a mixing bowl.
  2. Heat the pan of milk until it is almost boiling then take it off the heat.
  3. Add the cornflour to the cold milk stirring to make a smooth paste.
  4. Pour half of the hot milk onto the paste stirring as you do this.
  5. Tip the mixture back into the saucepan.
  6. Return the pan to the heat and stir as the sauce thickens.
  7. Allow the sauce to bubble gently and cook for a minute while stirring.
  8. Add the cheese, salt and pepper and stir to combine.

 Cooking Brown Rice Pasta

  1. Three-quarter fill a large 2lt saucepan with water.
  2. Add a little salt and bring it to a rapid, rolling boil.
  3. Add the pasta and stir to avoid it sticking.
  4. Boil uncovered for 5 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove a piece of pasta and cut it with the side of a fork. If the pasta resists, continue the boiling and repeat the fork test every minute until it is ‘al dente’ and just cuts through the pasta.
  6. Drain the pasta into a colander over the sink then tip it back into the pan.

Macaroni Cheese

  1. Rub some oil around the inside of an oven proof dish.
  2. Pour the cheese sauce onto the pasta and stir to combine.
  3. Tip the pasta into the dish.
  4. Press the tomato slices into the top.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top is golden brown.


saucepan, large 2lt saucepan, oven proof dish and mixing bowl


Oven 180°C, Fan 160°C, 350°F and Gas 4

Cooking time

25-30 minutes
First time using this recipe, worked a treat! How i miss having macaroni in a pub restaurant! Nowhere ever offers gluten free macaroni. Decided it's about time I made my own! Even my 5 year old loved it :)
By Ashley MacDonald
27 Jan 2021

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