4

Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

This is the last of the gluten-free posts -- at least for a while. I still have a few random GF products laying around my pantry, but as they're just some standard bags of rice pasta, I'm not too worried about how they'll turn out. Anyway, when I cover them with homemade marinara sauce, it won't matter much how the pasta tastes anymore.

While the other GF products I bought were from Bob's Red Mill, this fun little snack is from Annie's, a popular purveyor of GF and health food products of all kinds. And while I'm naturally inclined to love anything that has a "rabbit seal of approval," I was still wary after the pancake incident.

As with regular boxed macaroni and cheese, the Annie's version calls for roughly the same preparation and ingredients: boil the pasta, drain it, add the powdered cheese (in Annie's case, it's "real" cheese -- sorry about the quotation marks, but the instant that something is reduced to a powder, I question how "real" it is anymore), milk and butter, mix and serve.

As with the gold standard (Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, in case there was any question about it), the pasta cooked relatively quickly and the sauce mixed up easily. When I was a kid, the greatest treat in our house was when my mother would make tuna mac: Kraft Macaroni & Cheese with a can of tuna and some frozen peas all mixed together. (Hey, we were really poor.) After tasting the Annie's GF mac & cheese, I imagined that the dish could benefit greatly from the addition of some tuna and peas -- anything, really, to enhance the almost nonexistant taste of the very bland cheese sauce.

Interestingly, in this case, it wasn't the actual GF piece of the food puzzle that was bad. The pasta was thick, larger than Kraft pieces, and had a pleasant texture. It was the non-GF piece that stultified: the boring cheese sauce. That aside, the people who'll be purchasing Annie's mac & cheese mix will likely be purchasing it for small children who don't know any better and don't care. So with that in mind, it's certainly a good alternative for GF families whose kids still crave a box of mac & cheese and whose parents crave something quick and easy to whip up on busy weeknights.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.