Gluten free cheddar and brie macaroni cheese

Cheddar & Brie Macaroni Cheese {gluten free}

Brie macaroni cheese made with added cherry tomatoes and extra mature cheddar. This is quite an easy recipe to make and it’s actually relatively light in comparison to how other other mac and cheese recipes can get. And I love adding tomatoes for extra flavour (and nutritional goodness). 🙂

Featuring: Morrisons gluten free macaroni

When I first went gluten free, I never thought I would moan about this, but who else misses having a variety of pasta shapes? In the gluten free world, It seems there’s rarely anything beyond fusilli, penne and spaghetti… and I know it may sound a bit silly because ultimately they all taste the same, but they do add a different feel and texture. I so miss those little bows, farfalle!

I know if my newly gluten free self could hear this, she would probably feel the urge to slap me… because not only did we not have a large variety of pasta shapes back then, but we barely had gluten free pasta (or gluten free anything!) full stop. In fact this was around the time that Genius released their first fresh gluten free bread and everyone was raving about it and how revolutionary it was. Like the gluten free world had just set sail for new exciting horizons. haha Because you see, at the time the free from section was really not what it is today in 2017.

Let’s just say we’ve come a long way since then, in just under 10 years. And those who went gluten free even before me know this all too well (and are probably shouting at the screen “2010 was actually a really good time to be gluten free in comparison to the 80’s!”). But now we’re so spoiled that we get to moan about the lack of pasta shapes and that can only be a good thing. It means that things are going forward. 😉

And so this brings me onto this nice little discovery I made in Morrisons a few days ago: gluten free macaroni!! 😀 I’m sure some of you remember Heinz had some a few years ago, as well as other pasta, but they eventually disappeared from the shelves and never came back. They were so good, what happened to them!? No other company has done gluten free macaroni since then, at least not to my knowledge, so spotting these in Morrisons was a nice surprise! Even more so because out of all the supermarket own brand free from pasta, Morrisons pasta are actually really good!

Morrisons gluten free macaroni

So we grabbed a few bags to stock up and of course we had to make a compulsory mac n cheese! It’s quite similar to a previous macaroni cheese recipe I posted in the past {tomato mac and cheese}, but the main difference is that this one is made with brie. 🙂

Gluten free cheddar and brie macaroni cheese

Cheddar & Brie macaroni cheese recipe:

Preparation time:

Cooking time:

Yields: 2 to 3 portions

Ingredients

  • 250g macaroni (I used Morrisons gluten free macaroni)
  • 100g brie
  • Extra mature cheddar (to taste)
  • Cherry tomatoes (1 large handful)
  • 1 onion
  • A few garlic cloves
  • 1 + 1/2 cup (360ml) whole milk
  • 1/2 vegetable stock cube (I used Kallo)
  • 1 Tbsp oregano (or any herb of your choice)
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp Olive oil

Directions

  1. Cook the macaroni. For the perfect gluten free pasta: 1) bring a large pan of lightly salted water to boil on high heat (DO NOT add the pasta before the water is boiling!), 2) add the pasta, stir and cover with a lid (still on high heat, don’t put the temperature down), 3) stir and test the pasta occasionally until al dente (the pasta should be soft, but not completely. It should still have a certain firmness to it), 4) drain.
  2. Meanwhile, finely chop the onion and garlic cloves, slice the cherry tomatoes in half, cut the brie into small cubes and grate some extra mature cheddar cheese.
  3. Pan fry the cherry tomatoes in olive oil on medium heat, squashing them with a spoon, until they start breaking down.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium/low and add the onion and garlic. Cook until they start to soften up.
  5. Add the salt, black pepper, oregano and nutmeg and keep on frying briefly.
  6. Turn the heat down to low, add the milk, stock, tomato paste and mustard and lightly simmer for a few minutes. Make sure it’s just about bubbling, but not actually boiling, to prevent the milk from curdling.
  7. Add the brie and as much cheddar as you want (I only personally added the equivalent of a few slices) and keep on cooking, stirring constantly, until it’s all melted.
  8. Stir in the cooked macaroni.

Gluten free cheddar and brie macaroni cheese
Gluten free cheddar & brie macaroni cheese!

 

Enjoy!

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One Comment

  1. Oh my God, brie in macaroni cheese!? This sounds AMAZING! x

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