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Gluten Free Baked Apple Mac and Cheese
Author: Christina Van Nevel – Chef
Serves: Makes 12 to 15 servings
Ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • 16 ounces gluten free quinoa and brown rice spiral pasta
  • 3 to 4 medium Fuji apples, peeled and cut in ¼-inch slices (about 4 cups)
  • Lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 5 tablespoons gluten free all-purpose baking mix
  • 2 ½ cups half-and-half
  • ¾ cup whole or 2% milk
  • 16 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (4 cups), divided
  • 10 ounces colby cheese, shredded (2 ½ cups)
  • 2 to 3 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, shredded (½ to ¾ cup)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 to 3 slices gluten free bread, cubed (I use Udi’s millet and chia gluten free bread)
  • 12 to 15 baked apples for serving, optional*
  • Chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stockpot, bring 1 gallon water and olive oil to a boil; add pasta. Cook 6 to 7 minutes, until not quite al dente. Drain pasta; turn into a large bowl and toss with additional olive oil.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine apple slices, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch salt; toss gently.
  4. In a medium saucepan, over low heat, melt 5 tablespoons butter.
  5. Stir in the baking mix until smooth. Gradually stir in half-and-half and milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until sauce boils and thickens. Remove from heat.
  6. Add 3 cups Cheddar, colby and Gouda cheeses, stirring until cheeses melt and sauce is smooth.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add apples to pasta; toss gently.
  9. Fold in the cheese sauce.
  10. Pour into a buttered 13×9-inch baking pan. Top with ¾ cup Cheddar cheese and dot with 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces.
  11. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Meanwhile, in small skillet, sauté bread cubes in remaining butter until golden brown and crisp; season with salt and pepper. Cool; crush into crumbs.
  13. Remove mac and cheese from oven; let stand 5 minutes.
  14. If desired, fill baked apples with mac and cheese.
  15. Top with remaining Cheddar cheese and return to oven until cheese is melted.
  16. Garnish with bread crumbs and parsley.
  17. *Baked Apples:
  18. Cut off top quarter of apples and remove cores with melon baller or sturdy metal spoon.
  19. Coat inside of apples with non-stick cooking spray and place in shallow baking pan.
  20. Bake along with mac and cheese 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly soft.