Our gluten-free, plant-based version has all the comfort but without the wheat and dairy! Vegan Gluten-Free Mac ‘n‘ Cheese. This recipe is above all, simple. It comes together in about 1 hour (including roasting the garlic), and requires 8 simple ingredients. In a medium size pan place chopped potato, carrots, onion and water and boil for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are cooked through and soft (DO NOT DRAIN WATER). Turn burner to low, add in Earth Balance spread, nutritional yeast, turmeric, salt, pepper and almond milk. Stir until butter is melted. Add all remaining ingredients, except 1 cup of the cheese. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes. Stir the cheese sauce into the pasta and pour into a greased oven safe baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cheese shreds and cover with foil. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the pasta is heated through and the cheese is melted. There are several dairy-free options if you're looking to cut back on animal byproducts altogether. Try Road's End Dairy-Free Shells, Daiya Deluxe Cheddar Style Cheezy Mac, or (surprise) Annie's.September 10, 2019
There’s no better homemade comfort food than macaroni and cheese. Simple to make and a crowd pleaser for pickier palates, it tends to be a staple in most family homes. Yet sometimes that cheesy, melty dinner can turn tiny tummies (or even yours!) into an uncomfortable knot.
At Kreider Farms, we understand how difficult it can be cooking for the whole family if one or more of you are lactose intolerant. Finding foods that work for everyone can be not only frustrating, but time-consuming and expensive as well. That’s why we went on a search for one of the best lactose free mac and cheese recipes we could find. Not only does this recipe hit that comfort food spot, but it also packs just as much (if not more) flavor than typical mac and cheese.
What Cheeses are Naturally Lactose Free?
Before we get to the recipe, we wanted to talk about the star of the show—the cheese! For instance, did you know that you can actually make your own lactose free cheese right at home? Mozzarella and ricotta are a few of the easier ones to make, but you can even buy certain premade cheeses from the store that are low in lactose, too. Aged cheeses typically have less sugar in them, making them easier for lactose intolerant stomachs to digest. A few popular types are sharp cheddar, mild cheddar, Muenster, brie, provolone, Gouda, blue, parmesan, and Swiss.
Organic Shells And Cheese
As with all cheeses or foods in general, make sure you know your limits. If you’ve never eaten a specific type of cheese (even if it’s a lactose free cheese), try it in smaller portions to see how your stomach reacts before you eat an entire meal. Everyone reacts differently and has different tolerance levels, so do what’s best for your body!
Lactose Free Mac and Cheese Recipe
First and foremost, if you have a tried and true family recipe for mac and cheese, we suggest modifying that one first by using Kreider’s Lactose Free Milk and possibly substituting certain cheeses. But this Rachael Ray recipe is one of our absolute favorites and should go nice and easy on lactose intolerant stomachs (we’ve tweaked it slightly to be more lactose intolerant friendly).
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to get started with this recipe:
- 1 Tbsp. Vegetable or Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp. Margarine*
- 3 Tbsp. Flour
- 1 ½ cups Lactose Free Milk
- 3 cups Shredded White Cheddar Cheese**
- ½ tsp. Nutmeg, Ground Or Freshly Grated
- ¼ tsp. Ground Cayenne Pepper
- 1 Lb. Elbow Macaroni (Cooked 8 Minutes or to Al Dente)
*Make sure you check your margarine label to make sure it doesn’t contain milk solids or milk product.
**Cheddar cheese is naturally low in lactose, but make sure you know your stomach’s limits before eating a lot of it.
The first step to this macaroni and cheese is make a roux for your cheese sauce. Start by heating up a deep, medium-sized skillet over medium heat and add in your oil and margarine to the pan. When the margarine melts, slowly add in your flour. Whisk together until smooth for about 3 minutes until the flour has had a chance to cook. While continuing to whisk, slowly add in your lactose free milk and stir it frequently until the milk starts to bubble.
Once it has thickened slightly, add in 2 of the 3 cups of your shredded cheese a handful at a time. Once the cheese is incorporated, season your sauce with nutmeg, pepper, and salt to taste. Add in the cooked pasta and coat the noodles completely by folding them into the sauce. Transfer the macaroni and cheese to a baking dish and sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of choose across the top. Place the baking dish into the oven and broil until the cheese is brown on top.
With cooler weather just around the corner, we think this lactose free mac and cheese dish will be a big hit for any household. Coming in from that crisp fall air to a warm, comforting, and extra cheesy dish that has none of the uncomfortable stomach side effects—could it get any better? Not really (unless you have a sweet tooth and go for lactose free ice cream or cheesecake!), but Kreider Farms is here to help keep those family traditions going through dietary issues.
Contact us if you have any questions about our lactose free products or if you need to look up any locations where our products are sold!
Whether you’re vegan, or you’re just diggin’ a plant-based diet, we have no doubt that you’ll deem our Organic Vegan Cheddar Flavor Mac the most delicious dish around. It’s made without any artificial flavors or synthetic colors, and offers the same comforting cheddar taste you’ll find in classic dairy mac & cheese (without the milk or cheese!) So grab a spoon and dig into the dreamy, creamy cheddar flavor you’ve been missing.
Made with Goodness:
- Certified organic
- Yummy cheddar flavor™
- No artificial flavors, synthetic colors, or preservatives
- We work with trusted suppliers to source only non-GMO ingredients
Organic Pasta (Organic Wheat Flour), Organic Vegan Cheddar Flavor Seasoning (Organic Rice Syrup Solids, Organic Palm Oil, Sea Salt, Organic Corn Starch, Organic Pea Protein, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Lactic Acid, Organic Annatto Extract [For Color], Silicon Dioxide [For Anticaking]).
6 cups water in a medium saucepan.
pasta, bring to boil. Cook 8-10 minutes,
or until done, stirring occasionally.
1/3 cup non-dairy milk to the warm saucepan.
(OPTIONAL: Add 2 Tbsp buttery spread for richer flavor)
seasoning over non-dairy milk;
stir to combine. Let thicken.
For a RICHER flavor, add 2 Tbsp buttery spread!
Macaroni And Cheese With Fontina
|Amount Per Serving||Mix||As prepared|
|Calories from Fat||30||30|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 3g*||5%||5%|
|Saturated Fat 1.5g||7%||7%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 49g||16%||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||10%||10%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|* Amount in mix. As prepared with 1/3 cup almond milk, one serving provides 3.5g total fat, 600mg sodium, and 50g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 2g sugars).|
|** Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|
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