Gluten Free Mac and Cheese Meatballs Recipe

Gluten Free Mac and Cheese Meatballs Recipe

This recipe comes to you thanks to my g-kids, a difference of opinion that quickly escalated into a conflict to rival that in the Middle East, and the Nobel Prize-winning-worthy peace-keeping efforts of yours truly.

It all started out innocently enough.

Me – “Hey guys, what should we make for dinner?”

Simultaneously: Him – “Meatballs!” Her – “Mac and Cheese!”

Followed by (also simultaneously): Him- “NO! Meatballs!” Her – “NO! Mac and Cheese!”

This went on for what seemed like an hour, each time his voice becoming lower and more menacing and her voice becoming higher and more screeching.

Me – “Why don’t we make both?”

Them – “NO!!!” (At least on that they could agree.)

Why this was not a viable option is beyond me but I have long since learned that trying to make sense of things that are innately illogical is a colossal waste of time and energy.

Me – “Well then, let’s figure out how to make a meatball out of Mac and Cheese.”

Them – (blissful) silence.

Followed by: Them (eagerly, enthusiastically) – “OK! Let’s do it!”

Now it was up to ME to figure out how to do it.

I always keep a few boxes of Pastariso Gluten Free Mac and Cheeze in my pantry for two reasons; one is that it is an easy snack the g-kids can make themselves for one of the seventeen-times-a-day they need to eat lest they starve to death and secondly, I once spent four hours making a delightful four cheese gluten free macaroni and cheese dish only to have the kids very politely tell me that they preferred the stuff in the box.

So, armed with a box of Mac and Cheeze, some ground beef and a lot of chutzpa, we went about creating gluten-free Mac and Cheese Meatballs.

They were a big hit and peace reigned all through dinner and even a little beyond. And then came the difference of opinion regarding WHOSE idea this fabulous creation was.

Simultaneously: Him – “Mine!” Her – “Mine!”

At which point I exercised my God-given right as a g-parent.   I sent them back home to their parents!

Gluten Free Mac And Cheese Meatballs

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Gluten Free Mac and Cheese Meatballs Recipe
Gluten Free Mac and Cheese Meatballs Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 meatballs
Calories: 106 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
Ingredients
  • 1 (5 ounce) package Pastariso Mac and Cheeze
  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 small onion grated
  • 1 small carrot grated
  • 1 cup gluten free bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Gluten free non-stick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. Prepare the Mac and Cheeze according to the package directions, omitting the additional milk and butter. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine the ground beef with the grated onion and carrot, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Add in the prepared Mac and Cheeze. Using about ¼ cup per meatball, roll into balls. Place on prepared baking sheets, spray with cooking spray, and bake for 20 minutes or until they are browned. The meatballs will feel soft; they firm up a little as they cool. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Mac and Cheese Meatballs Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 153mg 6%
Potassium 99mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 8.5%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. September 21, 2012

    Perfect solution indeed! Win win :)

    1. Carol Kicinski
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks! I thought so :)

  2. Denise
    September 24, 2012

    Your story has me cracking up – I can see (and hear) it now. This is a great solution!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      September 24, 2012

      Yes, it is funny – NOW! Thank you.

  3. Donna
    September 24, 2012

    Hahaha! LMAO. Sounds just like home with my two. Great recipe!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks Donna!

  4. Geena
    September 24, 2012

    What a great idea! And you really do deserve a Noble prize :)

    1. Carol Kicinski
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks Geena!

  5. Joy
    September 25, 2012

    Adorable!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      September 25, 2012

      Thnaks Joy!

  6. Kellie
    February 27, 2013

    My one child only likes the boxed stuff, the other loves cheese & pasta any way she can get it.

    1. Carol Kicinski
      March 1, 2013

      I am like the one that likes it any way she can get it.

  7. Marilynn
    May 20, 2016

    Which Gf Pastario Mac & Cheese did you use? I see several rice varieties and vegan. Thank you in advance for your reply.

    1. Carol Kicinski
      June 7, 2016

      Marilynn,
      You can use any packaged GF mac & cheese recipe you like, this one was not vegan and it had the rice noodles. Just make sure it’s a 5 oz package.
      xo,
      Carol

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