Easy Gluten-Free Broccoli Macaroni + Cheese

Gourmet Mami
by Gourmet Mami
4 servings
30 min

You can’t really go wrong with macaroni and cheese…right? This easy and creamy recipe for mac n cheese adds broccoli which is a great way to incorporate veggies into this family favorite dish. If you have a hard time getting your kids to eat their broccoli, try this meal that sneaks broccoli into the dish. This easy macaroni and cheese is quick to make, which makes it a perfect family dinner for a busy weeknight. Not only is this recipe quick, easy and healthy, it uses cornstarch to thicken the cheese sauce instead of a traditional rue. This makes the sauce gluten free and also cuts down significantly on the added calories from flour and butter.

Easy Gluten-Free Broccoli Macaroni + Cheese
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 8 oz dried pasta shells ( or any pasta of your choice)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, divided
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 8 oz broccoli florets (I like to make mine small- about the same size as the pasta shells)
  • 3 oz shredded gouda
  • 3 oz shredded white cheddar
  • 2 oz shredded asiago cheese
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Bring about 4 quarts of salted water to a boil over high heat in a large pot. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Heat 1 ¼ cup of the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Place the remaining ¼ cup of milk and cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk together until there are no lumps.
When the heated milk just begins to steam, whisk in the milk & cornstarch mixture. Continue whisking gently until the milk thickens slightly to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Turn the heat to low and add the shredded cheese, mustard powder, salt and Worcestershire. Stir until all the cheese has melted and the sauce is creamy. Add the broccoli and cook until the broccoli turns bright green (about 3 minutes).
Place the pasta into the pot with the broccoli and cheese sauce. Stir to coat the pasta evenly. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired.
Serve immediately.
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  • Christine Ingraham Christine Ingraham on Jun 01, 2022

    What about the gluten in the pasta? Recipe does not say to use gluten free pasta of any type.

    • Gourmet Mami Gourmet Mami on Jun 01, 2022

      Well yes of course you would use gluten free pasta if you are gluten-free. I leave that choice up to you ! 😊