This quick & easy one-pot gluten-free mac and cheese features soft & chewy Jovial pasta and broccoli florets smothered in a deliciously creamy cheese sauce. This cheesy broccoli pasta is the perfect comfort food!

a bowl of gluten-free mac and cheese with broccoli

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Easy Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese

I used to love Panera Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese. Soft, chewy noodles combined with chunks of broccoli and a creamy cheese sauce just made the perfect bowl of mac and cheese. Fast-forward and macaroni and cheese is one of the classic comfort foods that I have missed terribly since becoming gluten-free.

While this is not an exact copycat of the Panera broccoli cheddar mac and cheese, my one-pot gluten-free mac and cheese features those same soft noodles with the perfect blend of cheesy sauce and broccoli chunks. This cheesy broccoli pasta is easy, healthy-ish, and absolutely divine! Move over Panera, this gluten-free mac and cheese is a winner!

Recipe Ingredients

ingredients to make one-pot mac and cheese

How to Make This Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese Recipe

What You’ll Need

This one-pot mac and cheese is easy to make on the stovetop with a large pot or dutch oven. Mixing together a blend of shredded cheeses, gluten-free Jovial macaroni, broccoli, milk, butter, and a pinch of salt, this gluten-free mac and cheese comes together so quickly and tastes absolutely amazing. In under 20 minutes, you’ll have dinner prepped, cooked, and served!

Steps to Make Dutch Oven Mac and Cheese

  1. Bring the milk, water, butter, and salt to a boil in a large pot or dutch oven.
  2. Add the pasta and stir. Lower heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes. Stir often!
  3. Add the broccoli florets to the pot and stir. Cook for an additional 7 minutes, stirring often.
  4. When the noodles are tender, turn off the heat. Add in the cheddar and Parmesan and stir well. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Enjoy!
and large pot filled with the ingredients to make gluten-free mac and cheese

Mary’s Tips & Tricks

Gluten Free Pasta: Jovial pasta is my favorite brand of gluten-free noodles. For this recipe, I use Jovial’s gluten-free elbow macaroni, but gluten-free pasta shells would also work super well.

Dairy-Free: To make this mac and cheese recipe dairy-free, swap out the butter, milk, and shredded cheeses for your favorite vegan brands. Some of my favorites are Miyokos butter, Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk, and Violife Cheddar Shreds.

Storage: To store leftover gluten-free mac and cheese, use an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or stovetop.

dutch oven mac and cheese mixed in a black pot

Recipe FAQs

Can you freeze macaroni and cheese?

Yes! Using a freezer-safe container, store your leftovers in the freezer for up to 4 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator and reheat on the stovetop or microwave. Just note the gluten free noodles and their texture do change a little bit over time.

How many calories in macaroni and cheese?

In one serving of this macaroni and cheese with broccoli, there are 456 calories. Take note that vegan dairy swaps will change the calorie count.

Is this healthy mac n cheese?

While this macaroni and cheese is meant as more of a comfort food swap, rather than a healthy dinner, it all depends on the ingredients you use! If you’re looking for healthier swaps, using non-dairy milk, vegan cheeses, and butter alternatives will lower the calorie count per se

a closeup of a bowl of mac and cheese with broccoli

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One Pot Gluten Free Broccoli Mac and Cheese

This quick & easy one-pot gluten-free mac and cheese features soft & chewy Jovial pasta and broccoli florets smothered in a creamy cheesy sauce. This cheesy broccoli pasta is the perfect comfort food!
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk, or dairy free milk of choice (unsweetened/unflavored)
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 3 tbsp grass-fed or vegan butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 box Jovial Foods gluten free elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups broccoli florets, cut any large pieces into smaller ones
  • 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese, or vegan shreds
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, sub nutritional yeast for dairy free

Equipment

  • Large pot or dutch oven

Instructions
 

  • Bring the milk, water, butter, and salt to a boil in a large pot or dutch oven.
  • Add the pasta and stir. Lower heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes. Stir often!
  • Add the broccoli florets to the pot and stir. Cook for an additional 7 minutes, stirring often.
  • When the noodles are tender, turn off the heat. Add in the cheddar and parmesan and stir well. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Enjoy!

Notes

See above for storage instructions! 
I have not tried this with Jovial cassava / grain free pasta. It does have a slightly different texture. If you try it, please share how it went in the comments below!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 456kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 751mg, Potassium: 286mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 981IU, Vitamin C: 41mg, Calcium: 372mg, Iron: 1mg