Quinoa Pepper Jack Macaroni and Cheese (Gluten Free)

by danielle on November 6, 2012

It’s been forever since I’ve had macaroni and cheese. Being gluten free doesn’t often allow for rich cheesy mac and cheese. Neither does eating healthy considering it is an overload of cheese, fat, and simple starchy carbs! Here is a recipe you don’t have to feel quite as bad about! I replaced the pasta with quinoa to give you a little more protein and fiber but didn’t skimp on the cheese! So next time you have a craving for macaroni and cheese give this a try! I promise it doesn’t taste a bit healthy!

Quinoa Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients: 

  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or skim milk)
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 tsp. arrowroot powder
  • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat whisk together your egg, milk of choice, 1 cup of the cheese, and the tsp. of arrowroot powder.
  3. Continue whisking occasionally 4-5 minutes until your cheese starts to melt.
  4. Mix in your quinoa and pour into a casserole dish sprayed with olive oil.
  5. Top your mix with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from the oven, stir well, and bake for 20 minutes longer.
  7. Take out your Quinoa and Cheese and enjoy!

Pepper Jack Macaroni and cheese

gluten free mac and cheese

What’s your ultimate comfort food meal???

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessie November 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

Love Quinoa Mac & Cheese. I do agree that it doesn’t taste healthy at all… which is amazing!!

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danielle November 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

It really is! Even my mac and cheese loving sister approved :)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I love the twist you put on mac and cheese by using quinoa!

My favourite comfort food meal is my dad’s lasagna made with bechamel sauce and tons of cheese!

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danielle November 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

That sounds amazing Chelsea!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Mmm Mac&Cheese. I’d probably have to say that that’s the ultimate comfort food right there. It brings me back to my childhood soooo much, especially since I went through a huge phase where I’d pretty much be going through a box of KD every day :lol:

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danielle November 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Me too! I used to love the Kraft kind when I was a kid!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I love this version of mac ‘n cheese! I’ve never actually made it with anything but noodles.

My ultimate comfort food with grilled PB&J. Melty PB, FTW. :)

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danielle November 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Grilled PB&J sounds amazing!

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LUCIE November 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Awww, that looks so good! My ultimate comfort food is Mom’s saffron risotto. Love it!

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danielle November 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Sounds delicious Lucie!

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Anne@ LoveMintChocolateChip November 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm

YUM!! my ultimate comfort food meal is probably taco soup or chili… but mac and cheese is right on up there!!

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danielle November 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I love chili too but definitely crave soup in the winter!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots November 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I love making mac and cheese with quinoa, I usually use laughing cow cheese wedges. soo yummy!

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Presley @ Run Pretty November 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

First, anything with cheese is a winner. Second, quinoa rocks. Third, you are brilliant. :)

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danielle November 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Hahaha thank you! So glad you like it!

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Corrie Anne November 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I love mac ‘n’ cheeese. Definitely a fave!!!! I grew up on it. My other favorite would probably be pizza. Haha.

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danielle November 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I love pizza too!

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Lisa November 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Yum. I love quinoa. And I miss mac and cheese, since I’m gluten free as well! I’ll definitely be trying this guy out! I need some arrowroot powder.

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danielle November 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

You need to get some! It’s awesome for gluten free baking too!

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Kristen@Change of Pace November 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I bet even my kids would eat this with some sharp cheddar instead of the pepperjack. Cheese is the one thing I miss with paleo :(

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danielle November 7, 2012 at 2:05 am

Me too! Whenever I go strict Paleo I always miss it! When I do have I only have goat cheese! It holds my cravings over!

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers November 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Mmmm that sounds so good- love the spiciness of jack ;)

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danielle November 7, 2012 at 2:05 am

Thanks Heather!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl November 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Sounds like the perfect comfort food! Is the arrowroot powder really necessary? I don’t have any.

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danielle November 7, 2012 at 2:06 am

Nope but it is a thickener! I would swap it with cornstarch if you have that!

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Jess @ JessieBearWhatWillYouWear November 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I’m making this asap. So simple and yet sounds so good!

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danielle November 7, 2012 at 2:06 am

Thanks Jess!

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Kierston November 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I love my mom’s spaghetti and meat sauce :)

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danielle November 7, 2012 at 2:06 am

I love my mom’s sauce too! It’s the best!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm

This looks SO good. I love quinoa and I love mac & cheese so it sounds like a win-win! Thanks for sharing :)

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danielle November 7, 2012 at 2:06 am

Thanks Hannah! Glad you like it!

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Maria @powerpeanutlife November 7, 2012 at 12:14 am

What a great idea!!!

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danielle November 7, 2012 at 2:06 am

Thanks Maria!

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Sarah @ feeeding the brain and body November 7, 2012 at 12:37 am

Being someone that loves cheesy things, I know I would love this! I am definitely going to have to try it out :)

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danielle November 7, 2012 at 2:07 am

I love cheesy things too! Hope you like this!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables November 7, 2012 at 1:39 am

Love this version! I could even do it with Daiya!

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danielle November 7, 2012 at 2:07 am

Yes totally!!! Glad you like it!

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luv what you do November 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

That looks delicious!
I’m always looking for ways to make quinoa and spaghetti squash into comfort food casseroles.

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danielle November 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Awesome glad you like it!

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The Omnivore February 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm

This was great! I especially liked using pepperjack — definitely made it spicier and more “grown-up”.

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danielle February 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm

So glad you liked it!

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