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Gluten-Free Apple and Sausage Mac and Cheese
Gluten-Free Apple & Sausage Mac n’ Cheese
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Rest time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 771 kcal
Author: Kim Maes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter or dairy-free butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion , roughly chopped
  • 1 pound bulk sweet Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 pound apples, such as Red Delicious or Gala, cored, peeled, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup hard apple cider (I used Angry Orchard Stone Dry)
  • cups milk or dairy-free milk
  • 8 ounces mild cheddar cheese or dairy-free alternative
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese or dairy-free alternative
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces gluten-free elbow pasta
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and cook 2 minutes until it starts to soften. Add sausage and cook until it starts to brown, about 10 minutes. Add thyme and diced apples and cook 5 minutes.
  2. Next, add flour and stir to combine evenly. Add cider and cook about 2 minutes to allow alcohol to start to cook down, then add milk. Cook and stir occasionally, until mixture begins to thicken, about 8-10 minutes longer. Slowly stir in half of each cheese, add salt and pepper, and cook until the cheese has melted.
  3. While the sauce mixture is cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until barely al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta, transfer to cheese sauce, and stir well to coat.
  4. Spread pasta into a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking dish and top with remaining half of cheese. Place dish on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 45 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Apple & Sausage Mac n’ Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 771 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 69%
Saturated Fat 22g 110%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 1128mg 47%
Potassium 424mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 11g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 22.9%
Vitamin C 15.9%
Calcium 54.3%
Iron 15.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.