Brown Rice Macaroni and Cheese

Brown rice macaroni and cheese

Brown Rice Macaroni and Cheese

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Brown rice macaroni and cheese

Well, let’s be honest…Macaroni and Cheese isn’t the healthiest dinner recipe but I’d say we’re allowed to cheat every once in a while…especially when it’s Mac & Cheese. We ‘healthied’ it up a little too by using brown rice macaroni.

Brown rice macaroni and cheese in a baking dish

As I write this, I’m still full from all the macaroni and cheese I ate tonight. It was so cheesy, so creamy and the breadcrumb and Parmesan cheese mixture was a very nice touch baked on top.

Close up of brown rice macaroni and cheese topped with breadcrumb

A little prep work making the cheese sauce, bake it for 20-25 minutes and you’re ready to put this homemade macaroni and cheese on your dinner table.

Elbow macaroni being mixed in with cheese sauce in pot

Mixing the macaroni in with the cheese sauce. Almost ready to go in the oven for the finishing touch.

A picture of Tinkyada organic brown rice elbow pasta

Brown rice elbow macaroni is a great option when making this dish. The cheese does a great job of taking on the majority of the flavor so a healthier option on the pasta is definitely the smart choice.

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE MACARONI AND CHEESE

  1. Cook the pasta to al dente. Drain and drizzle a little olive oil over the pasta and mix. Let cool. 
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter on medium heat. Whisk in the flour for about a minute
  3. Whisk in the milk and cream until creamy.
  4. Slowly add the cheese one handful at a time. Whisk all together until all the cheese is melted. 
  5. Add the macaroni back in and mix. 
  6. Pour the mac & cheese into a medium/large baking pan. 
  7. Combine the breadcrumb, Parmesan cheese, and paprika in small bowl. Slowly add olive oil while mixing until the mixture becomes moist and all the breadcrumb is covered in oil. Evenly top the mac and cheese with the mixture. 
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Brown Rice Macaroni and Cheese

Well, let’s be honest…Macaroni and Cheese isn’t the healthiest dinner recipe but I’d say we’re allowed to cheat every once in a while…especially when it’s Mac & Cheese. We ‘healthied’ it up a little too by using brown rice macaroni.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Baking dish
  • Pasta pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb brown rice elbow macaroni
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • cup brown rice flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese shredded
  • 1 ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 
  • Cook the pasta to al dente. Drain and drizzle a little olive oil over the pasta and mix. Let cool. 
  • In a large pot, melt the butter on medium heat. When melted, slowly whisk in the flour. Whisk for about a minute. 
  • Slowly whisk in the milk and cream.  Keep whisking until it gets to a creamy consistency. 
  • Once the milk mixture is nice and creamy, slowly add the cheese one handful at a time. Whisk all together until all the cheese is melted. 
  • Add the macaroni back in and mix all together. 
  • Pour the mac & cheese into a medium/large baking pan. 
  • Combine the breadcrumb, Parmesan cheese, and paprika. Slowly add olive oil while mixing until the mixture becomes most and all the breadcrumb is covered in oil. Evenly top the mac and cheese with the mixture. 
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the breadcrumb is toasted. 
  • Remove from oven and serve hot. 

Notes

Enjoy!
Keyword Brown rice pasta, macaroni and cheese

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