Gluten-Free Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese Recipe (2024)

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Easy, creamy make-and-eat gluten-free mac and cheese recipe - One-pan macaroni and cheese!

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Stove top macaroni and cheese, so rich and delicious that adults will love it, too? Yeah, this one's a keeper...

This gluten free mac and cheese recipe uses minimal ingredients and only requires a few simple steps. It's cooked in one pan!

This gluten free macaroni and cheese recipe is gluten-free, nut-free, and egg-free.

Article courtesy ofAlison Needham, A Girl Defloured

About kid-approved gluten free mac and cheese:

My kids agree on practically nothing when it comes to dinner–this recipe for macaroni and cheese included. My middle son, under no circ*mstances, will eat pasta. The oldest son practicallyeats nothing but pasta (with meat sauce). And their sister prefers her pasta to come slathered with a creamy alfredo sauce or cheese. However (embarrassingly) she always liked the boxed mac & cheese more than any homemade version I served her. Until this!

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Enter Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese - the recipe that makes (almost) everyone happy!

I gave up on homemade macaroni & cheese for a long time. Why bother to make a from-scratch sauce when my kids just turned up their nose? But then I discovered a method to make it on the stove top that everyone (except my one son who refuses pasta) loves–adults included.

Stove top macaroni and cheese is kind of revolutionary really. And all kinds of crazy awesome. I must warn you, though, this is NOT a health food…you’re not one of those people who thinks being gluten-freewill help you lose weight, are you? Good.

Serve this Stove Top Mac & Cheese right away - consider it "make & eat" style.

The one caveat to this dish is that it must be served immediately or the sauce can become clumpy. It can be rewarmed, but you'll need to swirl in a bit of milk and hope for the best. But I think you’ll find that once you set this dish on the table, it will disappear in a few seconds flat.

What you need to make this easy gluten-free mac & cheese:

What kind of gluten-free pasta to use in this macaroni & cheese:

There are tons of gluten-free pastas on the market. My current favorites arethedried elbow pasta dried gluten-free elbow pasta, we like the ones from Schar, Barilla orJovial. You definitely want to use a dry pasta in this recipe.

Let's make gluten-free stove top mac & cheese!

Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

Alison Needham

I discovered a method to make macaroni and cheese on the stove top that everyone loves–adults included. It’s kind of revolutionary really. And all kinds of crazy awesome.

5 from 17 votes

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Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 15 minutes mins

Total Time 30 minutes mins

Course Main Course

Servings 4 servings

Calories 816 kcal


  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
  • 3 ½ cups half and half
  • 8 oz (about 3 cups) dry gluten-free macaroni
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated (do not use the pre-bagged kind because the extra starches will cause the sauce to be too thick)


  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until onion is soft and translucent. Stir in the oregano, salt and flour and cook for 1 minute more.

  • Add the half and half and pasta and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked through.

  • Add the cheese and stir until melted. Serve immediately.


This incredibly simple stove top mac & cheese far surpasses any recipe I’ve tried in both flavor and texture. It is crazy rich and crazy delicious. For my family of 5, I always double the recipe and for best results, serve it immediately–as it sits the sauce will begin to thicken.


Calories: 816kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 26gFat: 56gSaturated Fat: 35gCholesterol: 168mgSodium: 1151mgPotassium: 371mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1666IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 639mgIron: 1mg

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You will never eat a better macaroni and cheese than this. Swear.

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Frequently Asked Questions about this Stove Top Mac and Cheese:

How do you make one pan mac and cheese?

To make mac and cheese in a single pan, we cook the pasta in half and half and stir the cheese and other ingredients in as the pasta is cooking. It's delicious!

Is Kraft mac and cheese gluten free?

Kraft now makes a gluten free Kraft mac and cheeseboxed product. Standard Kraft macaroni and cheese is not gluten free, so look fpr the product with the green Gluten-Free banner on the label. The pasta in gluten free Kraft mac and cheese is made from rice and corn.

What is the easiest way to make gluten free mac and cheese?

One pan stove top macaroni and cheese is the best easy gluten free mac and cheese. Gluten free pasta cooks in half and half, and the cheese and other ingredients are stirred in while the pasta is cooking.

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  1. Mary Frances says

    Gluten-Free Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese Recipe (12)
    This looks super creamy and cheesy!


    • G-Free Foodie says

      Gluten-Free Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese Recipe (13)
      It is - it's delish!


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