October 19, 2021

Easy Gluten-Free Broccoli Mac n Cheese


easy gluten-free broccoli mac n cheese
This recipe for mac n cheese adds broccoli which is a great way to incorporate veggies into this family favorite dish. 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. If you like pasta and broccoli, check out my recipe for Hibachi Noodles.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 8 oz dried pasta shells of choice
  • 1 ½ 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
  • ¼ tsp mustard powder
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ 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.
Keyword 30 minute meal, gluten-free, healthy, kid-friendly, one-pot-meal, pasta, vegetarian
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