Spicy Spinach Mac and Cheese Gluten Free –oh yes you can!
Easter Sunday I’m making this version of Spicy Spinach Mac and Cheese gluten free because I’m the only GF person at dinner. It’s so good though I’m getting mine before it is all gone. Unless I decide to double the recipe…I think that might be a wise thing to do.
I have been able to find gluten free Panko at my local grocery store, but I’m sure Ian’s bread crumbs would work just as well.
**Warning this stuff is addictive. Seriously, if you make this and don’t have a lot of people get your serving and FREEZE the rest. If you eat it all you’ll be working out for months.
- 1/2 pound dried elbow noodles ( I used Barilla)
- 1/2 fresh grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup grated asiago cheese
- 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
- 1/2 cup thawed, drained frozen spinach
- 1/2 can drained artichoke hearts
- 2 teaspoons minced shallots
- 2 cups white sauce
- 1/2 cup gluten free Panko or Ian's bread crumbs
- Cook the pasta according to package directions.
- Make white sauce:
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup gluten free flour (I use Better Batter)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Heat the milk until it bubbles about 4 min.
- Melt the butter in a pan, ad the flour and whisk until mixture turns light brown. Remove from heat.
- Add milk one cup at a time, then set it back on medium high heat KEEP WHISKING for 2-3 minutes.Dip a metal spoon into the sauce if it sticks it's done. Add the salt.
- Set it aside
- *If you don't know how to make white sauce here's a link
- Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees. Add cheeses, spinach, shallots, artichokes and sauce to a large pan on medium heat. Stir until it melts.
- Add the drained pasta and stir. Pour into a 12 inch baking pan and top with the gluten free Panko or bread crumbs. Bake until bubbly about 15 minutes.
*If you don't know how to make white sauce here's a link http://allrecipes.com/video/3321/white-sauce/detail.aspx
If you don’t eat gluten free you can still make Spicy Spinach Mac and Cheese.
The inspiration for this dish came from The Mac + Cheese Cookbook by Allison Arevalo and Erin Wade. I’d recommend picking this book up for the clear directions–best ever for making white sauce and the variety of mac and cheese recipes.