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Rudi's MacNCheese

August 9, 2011


Mac’NCheese is a classic comfort food, a “go-to” recipe that is a favorite of children and adults alike. It’s a delicious main dish or side dish that can be whipped up quickly at the end of a busy day. Many lactose intolerant folks will appreciate the dairy free version which is just as easy and delicious. Time to prepare: 40 mins


12 oz. Brown rice spiral or elbow pasta

Rudi’s Crumb Topping:

4 slices Rudi’s Multigrain Gluten Free sandwich bread, toasted

2 t Dried parsley

2 t Dried basil

2 t Garlic powder

2 t Olive oil or Grapeseed oil


3 T Earth Balance buttery spread (or olive or grapeseed oil)

3 T Gluten free flour (brown rice, amaranth, sorghum)

2 1/2 C Milk or milk substitute (almond, coconut, or soy milk)

2 C Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (or Daiya dairy free cheese)

1/2 t Sea salt

1/2 t Nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Pasta: Cook pasta in a large saucepan until al dente (firm, but not hard). Rinse in cold water. Drain and return to pot. Set aside.

3. Rudi’s Crumb Topping: Place Rudi’s toasted bread into a food processor and pulse until it forms into crumbs. Add basil, parsley, garlic powder and oil; pulse until moistened & it just starts to stick together.

4. Sauce: Heat Earth Balance buttery spread (or oil) in a large saucepan. Add flour and quickly whisk to blend into a paste. Immediately add 1/2 cup milk and whisk until smooth. Add remaining milk a little at a time, whisking to blend. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and stir in cheese, salt and nutmeg. Cook until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

5. Add sauce to cooled pasta, blending thoroughly. Stir 2-3 T of Rudi’s crumbs into Mac’Ncheese. Pour into large greased casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining Rudi’s crumbs liberally over macaroni and cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and crumbs are browned.

Recipe by Bonnie Presti


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