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Macaroni and Cheese

This Macaroni and cheese is rich and creamy with a crispy cheddar cheese crumble topping. Perfect to accompany your favorite main course.

Yield: One 9” by 9” baking dish.

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Bake Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes


For the Cheddar Cheese Crumble:

4 tablespoons (56 grams) unsalted butter, cold, diced into small cubes

4 ounces (113 grams) sharp cheddar cheese, grated

5 tablespoons (45 grams) Cup4Cup Multipurpose Flour

1-1/2 teaspoons (5 grams) Kosher salt

For the Macaroni and Cheese:

6 tablespoons (80 grams) unsalted butter

1 cup (113 grams) yellow onion, very finely minced

1 small clove of garlic, very finely minced

1 tablespoon (10 grams) Kosher Salt

¼ cup (50 grams) Cup4Cup Multipurpose Flour

3 cups (680 grams) milk, hot

12 ounces (340 grams) sharp cheddar cheese

1 pinch cayenne pepper

6 ounces (170 grams) gluten-free elbow macaroni (weight is dry pasta)


For the Cheddar Cheese Crumble:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse crumble. Do not puree.
  3. Store the crumble in the refrigerator until needed.

 For the Macaroni and Cheese:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Bring a pot of water up to a simmer for the pasta. Season the water with salt.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  4. Add the onions, garlic and salt and sweat them gently until the onions are softened.
  5. Stir in the Cup4Cup Multipurpose Flour until there are no lumps.
  6. Gradually whisk in the hot milk. Continue whisking until no lumps remain.
  7. Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer and cook for about 3 minutes or the sauce is thickened and no longer tastes like raw flour.
  8. While the sauce is cooking, bring the water to a rolling boil and begin cooking the macaroni.
  9. Stir in the cheese and cayenne pepper until completely melted and the sauce is shiny then turn off the heat.
  10. Drain the pasta then stir it into the cheese sauce.
  11. Pour the mixture into a 9 inch by 9 inch baking dish. Use a rubber spatula to level the surface.
  12. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese crumble evenly over the surface of the macaroni and cheese.
  13. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the sides of the dish are bubbling.