Sometimes a delicious, filling casserole is just the way to go. I forgot to include this recipe plan in my previous post, but this is tonight’s dinner. Mac and Cheese Casserole, an original family recipe. The name is mac and cheese casserole, but the recipe is also similar to a spaghetti or pasta casserole because of the meat sauce. I use macaroni noodles and the sauce is mixed with mostly cheese, so it actually is more of a mac and cheese casserole.
This is a totally gluten free-driven recipe. The sauce was checked to be gluten free, and Tinkyada rice noodles are obviously gluten free. The meat is unprocessed and the cheese is safe. Delicious and gluten free. This is not an official recipe in my family, meaning it is not physically written down anywhere, and we just sort of…made it. Because of this, some of the cheese amounts might be a little off. But honestly, if it’s cheese you’re talking about, a little extra is not a bad thing! This recipe is so delicious and one of my favorite meals. It is pretty easy to make, just mix well and make sure you cook it long enough. NOTE: If you do have trouble with the cooking time, know that my family has a casserole bowl dish that we use, so the bake time might be a little more or different from what you’d do if you have a shallower dish. Also, as an additional added note, shredded cheese would probably work as well as grated.
This is a great, very filling meal. My family had this and green beans and I was totally stuffed at the end. This is a perfect dish for a large group of people, but it is also fantastic for a normal meal (like my family did) and lots of yummy leftovers.
- 24 oz (1 1/2 bags or 6 cups) of gluten free pasta (I use Tinkyada brown rice elbow pasta)
- 1 jar pasta sauce (I use Bertolli)
- 1 pound ground turkey/beef
- 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
- 3/4 cup Colby Jack cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- Put a large pot of water, filled halfway, on the stove to boil.
- On a separate burner, start cooking meat.
- Meanwhile, add pasta to pot and cook according to package directions.
- At this time, preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Once meat is cooked, add sauce to the same pan and heat it up, stirring often.
- When the meat sauce is finished, remove from stove and add cheese and (whisk before adding) egg, mixing well until cheese is mostly melted and the egg is well incorporated.
- Keep cooked pasta separate from sauce.
- Layer sauce and pasta noodles in a casserole dish; put some sauce down, then noodles, then more sauce, then noodles, etc.
- Add Parmesan cheese on top.
- Bake dish for about 40 minutes – Cheese on top should be well toasted and very browned/cooked.
- Serve and let sit for a minute or so, as it will be very hot.