Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

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Homemade Macaroni & Cheese is one of the best comfort foods Americans rely on. It’s so tempting to just grab a box of Kraft mac n cheese that we all grew up on, but the amount of artificial colors, flavors and ingredients in there is a big turnoff once knowing what these “fake” foods actually do to us. Instead, I find that making my own cheese sauce is the best way to go! Some people like to make it complicated with lots of different ingredients. I find that keeping it as simple as possible is much more enticing for a quick mid-week meal. It’s also a great way to use up a bunch of extra butter, cream, or cheese you might have in your fridge!

bowl of cheesy macaroni and cheese with a spoon on a rattan charger plate

Ingredients for Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

Gluten-free pasta noodles: I prefer to use Jovial brown rice pasta noodles because I find that they hold up really well even when reheating the next few days.

Cheese sauce:My recipe is extremely simplified down to the most basic ingredients- butter, heavy cream, and cheese. Yum!

Note: Most people like to make a roux with flour and water to thicken their sauces. Honestly, this recipe didn’t need it because I found that the sauce thickened up really well and the end result was more than cheesy, thick and creamy. If I had added the roux, it would’ve become stodgy. To keep this recipe gluten-free if you really wanted to do a roux, I supposed you could use a gluten-free flour. I prefer the simplicity though of such clean, basic ingredients!

top view of a bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese with a spoon

top view of a bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese with a spoon

Homemade Mac N Cheese

This homemade mac n cheese uses only whole food ingredients- butter, cheese, heavy cream, and noodles. So simple, yet unbelievably thick and cheesy!
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  • 1 sauce pan
  • 1 strainer
  • 1 pot


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream I prefer Wholesome Country Creamery
  • 1/4-1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2-1 cup cheese any type shredded
  • Sea salt freshly cracked black pepper, and garlic powder to taste
  • Gluten-Free Brown rice bowtie noodles I prefer Jovial Foods


  • Boil pasta noodles in a pot of boiling water as per instructions recommend, usually around 12 minutes. Or if you made homemade egg noodles, boil for 3-5 minutes. Strain in a strainer once cooked.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan. Once melted, add in the heavy cream and stir until hot. Add in the shredded cheese and stir until melted. Add in sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Top it off with some more fresh cracked pepper or chopped parsley. Enjoy! It’s really that simple!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy
Author: Olympia Rusu www.embrace-holistic-health.com

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