Not too long ago I posted on Instagram (@thealiconklin, follow ya girl!) that I'm getting back into the blog thing. It was an announcement to everyone just as much as it was me holding myself accountable to actually do it. With that, I asked the IG world what recipes they would like to see. Oddly, multiple people requested mac & cheese - hence this post!
I debated going healthier with it (and trust me, I've created a recipe for that, too) but ultimately said "screw it, the people want mac & cheese dammit!" So this is my super creamy, super indulgent, super cheesy version full of all the good stuff you crave (minus the gluten...but you can use glutenous ingredients just the same).
This weekend in NYC we were meant to get hit with lots of snow. So I thought, "when better to have some comfort food than on a snow day?" I invited my boyfriend, Zach, and two of my best friends, Kylie and Lauren, to come over and indulge with me. PLUS Kylie and Lauren had never met before (which is totally insane)...so this mac & cheese was the perfect excuse to finally make that happen!
Fast forward - it's an almost 50 degree rainy Sunday. Sure the temperatures dropped to freezing by the end of the night, but it wasn't quite the snowstorm we had been hoping for. Snow or not it was still a great meal shared with some of my favorite people and well worth the excuse to eat a little "unhealthy" for a night (we had roasted broccoli on the side, too, which felt redeeming enough). Kylie and Lauren got along great and we hung out for hours drinking wine and having conversation. My roommate's cat even hopped up on the couch with us at one point for some selfie opportunities. All in all, it was exactly how I saw the night going minus the snow.
This recipe uses King Arthur Gluten Free Measure-For-Measure Flour and Bionaturae Gluten Free Elbows. I HIGHLY recommend these brands for this mac & cheese (and yes, this is me saying this completely honestly, this is not a sponsored post). Of the four of us who ate I am the only [now] GF one and literally none of us "could even tell" it wasn't good ol' gluten. You CAN, however, use regular all-purpose flour and/or regular elbows. The recipe will work exactly the same!
Creamy and Indulgent Mac & Cheese
Prep Time: 10-20 minutes (depending on if you shred cheese or buy pre-shredded)
Cook Time: 35-45 minutes (depending on preference)
Servings: 5-6 as a meal, 10-12 as a side
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Ali is a Brooklyn based blogger and student Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, providing you with healthy recipes to inspire you to cook more at home! She is a firm believer in knowing that eating healthy can be made easy and inexpensive if you simply know how to cook. Whether you are looking for easy weeknight recipes, delicious snacks, or want to try something new, Ali's recipes are easy to follow at all skill levels! For more info about Ali and her offerings, check out the About page.