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dairy full mac and cheese photo by vsimon

The stuff in the blue box is the cheesiest? I don’t think so. A powdered cheese packet just cannot compare.

We like this adult version of gluten free, dairy full, mac and cheese. It really is cheesy, sharp cheddar cheesy. And we live in Wisconsin, so our cheddar is orange.

This mac and cheese also has a kick of spicy cayenne. But to keep peace in the family, you can make it kid friendly with mild cheddar and no spice.

Can I make it low lactose? Lactose and I are not friends.

Sure, easily. Use lactose free milk. Cheddar is naturally very, very low in lactose.

What other kinds of milk can I use?

Regular, low fat, fat free, they all work. But since this is dairy full mac and cheese, use cow’s milk.

Sweet rice flour

This sauce is thickened with sweet rice flour. Also known as glutinous rice flour. Do not be alarmed, it does not have any gluten.

It is called glutinous rice because it is sticky when it is cooked. And the flour thickens sauces beautifully. I use it for all clients, even those who are not gluten free.

It just works better than wheat flour. Especially if you are freezing (and thawing) a saucy dish. It does not curdle, weep, or separate after it is thawed.

Make extra

So make a bunch, put into individual containers with lids and freeze for future comfort. Thaw overnight in the fridge and warm in the microwave for just a few minutes.

Add veggies

We often roast cherry tomatoes and serve them on top of the mac and cheese. That is REALLY a good idea. Roasted mushrooms are great too.

Macaroni and Cheese

Serves 4 metric measures
8 oz gluten free pasta 225 gm
2 cups milk 480 ml
2 tablespoons sweet rice flour 10 gm
1 teaspoon salt 5 gm
¼ tsp cayenne, optional generous pinch
2 cups (8 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese 225 gm

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

In another saucepan, make a white sauce. Stir together milk, sweet rice flour, salt, and cayenne if using. Cook over medium heat until thickened.

Remove pan from the burner and add the cheese. Stir until melted.

Add pasta to cheese sauce, mix well. Serve it up!

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ready to dig in? photo by vsimon

6 Responses to “Dairy Full Mac and Cheese”

  1. Linda says:

    That looks beautiful and delicious. I love using sweet rice flour for sauces.

  2. I have been craving Mac and Cheese lately (welcome fall, and comfort food!) I can’t wait to test this recipe out! 🙂

  3. great mac and cheese and tips for folks with lactose intolerance

  4. This looks so good! I can’t have lactose either and am terrified of the pain. I had no idea that cheddar would be a good option!

    • rdlinda says:

      Pain is no fun.

      Cheeses aged more than 60 days are very low lactose, or lactose free. Examples include cheddar, Gruyère or Parmigiano Reggiano, brie, and camembert. You might be able to enjoy some cheese and gf carckers too!

      Unaged cheese DOES have lactose. Fresh cheese curds, creamy cottage cheese, cream cheese and ricotta have lactose.

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