My children are dairy free and i know they hanker for this type of recipe so i tried to make my own, i like to cook for everyone in the house rather than making lots of different meals, so i made it gluten free as well. If you are just either dairy free or gluten free feel free to add in the normal pasta or make with normal dairy. These recipes are adaptable.
So if like me you can’t find gluten free macaroni pasta (as i think this would be better) i made it with normal gluten free pasta.
So you will need:
This recipe will feed a family of 4 with a side salad/bread
250g of gluten free macaroni pasta or pasta
40g of dairy free butter/margarine
40g of gluten free plain flour
600ml of dairy free milk (i like oat milk but soya milk or a nut milk would be good, something that is thicker than rice milk)
200g of dairy free cheese, i like to mix this up a bit here or use your favourite cheese. I like vitolite cheddar and Parmesan and Tesco grated mozzarella dairy free cheese and use a bit of a mixture. I find grating them and putting into the sauce while whisking it in is much better as it blends in much better.
1 tsp of Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
- Put your pasta into salted boiling water and cook following the packet instructions but cook just under so its al dente rather than well done, as you dont want mussy pasta.
- While this is happening we are going to make a rue to make the cheese sauce. Place your butter in a saucepan and when melted place in the flour and continue to stir on a lowish heat. After a minute or so (and before this starts to burn!) add your milk a little at a time, and continue to stir constantly. This should thicken up very quickly and the milk should disappear into the sauce. At this point add a little more milk and continue until all the milk is gone and at this stage you should have a nice thick white sauce. If you have any lumps you can whisk them out. Add salt and pepper and Dijon mustard to taste. At this stage you can add your grated cheese and whisk in to create a nice smooth sauce.
- Pour the cheese sauce over the cooked pasta and place in a oven dish. You can choose to serve this as it is or if you wish place some cheese over the top and place in the oven to brown. I do find the cheese does struggle to brown so you could use the option to place gluten free bread crumbs whizzed with some herbs or cheese or even add fresh slices of tomatoes.