SCD Mac + Cheese Casserole

Dig into this delicious and savory SCD Mac + Cheese Casserole! Add chicken, bacon or broccoli for a heartier meal.

SCD Mac + Cheese in white plate

SCD Mac + Cheese Casserole

Hooray for SCD Macaroni + Cheese!! So today I’m getting straight down to business, because this is a serious recipe.

I can’t tell you how long we’ve been hard at work on this dish—we almost threw it out the window at one point, but my gut told me to keep going—and I’m so thankful we did, because this is one incredibly delicious and creamy Mac and Cheese Casserole!!

Mac + Cheese, SCD with bacon and parsley

So if you’re used to making Mac and Cheese from scratch, the directions might initially feel a little foreign because there are some adjustments necessary in order to properly adhere to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. That’s why reading through the instructions prior to cooking will give you the dish of your dreams without the headache!

closeup photo of grain-free mac and cheese

Tips:

  • We use this Tolerant Foods Green Lentil Macaroni
  • Most local grocers carry Friendship brand Farmer Cheese, you can absolutely use homemade SCD “Cream Cheese” if you’d rather in it’s place.
  • For your shredded cheese, we love a blend of sharp cheddar and parmesan, but feel free to experiment with your favorites!
  • Use bacon, pancetta, chicken, veggies or all four to your casserole for extra heartiness, protein and vitamins.
  • We sprinkled our scd bread crumbs on top to get the crust you see below, you are welcome to just use cheese or the two together.

SCD Macaroni + Cheese Casserole Crust

If you love this SCD Mac + Cheese, you might also enjoy our SCD Pasta Bake!

Enjoy The Recipe!

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SCD Mac + Cheese in white plate

SCD Mac + Cheese Casserole


  • Author: Lila Ruth
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: about 25-30 min
  • Total Time: about an hour
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons plain milk of choice (we use half almond, half coconut)
  • 1.5 teaspoons gelatin (omit if necessary, just adds a touch more creaminess)
  • 7.5 oz package Farmer Cheese (or homemade SCD “cream cheese”)
  • 3 cups shredded cheese (we love a blend of sharp white + orange cheddars and parmesan) a touch extra to sprinkle on top of the casserole. You can also use our scd bread crumbs as topping if desired.
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 package Tolerant Lentil Macaroni (We like to use 1 1/2 packages to beef it up)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and sliced (optional, may use broccoli instead))
  • 1/4 cup cooked bacon (optional)
  • Parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Read through instructions + ingredients first, it will make the process much easier. 🙂
  2. Prep your ingredients: Shred your cheeses and place them into a bowl so they will be ready to go when you need them. Measure your milk and place that into a separate bowl. Also have your bacon bits, cooked chicken and beaten egg ready to go. Place a colander in the sink and a large pot of water on the stove—do not heat that yet.
  3. In a separate large pot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Whisk in your milk. Heat until you have a slow boil. Sprinkle gelatin over top and whisk again. Stir in paprika, salt and pepper. Turn down the heat a bit.
  4. Lower your brick of Farmer Cheese into the milk with a large spoon, that way the milk won’t splash up and burn you.
  5. Break up the Farmer Cheese with a whisk and keep stirring until it is integrated into the hot milk evenly.
  6. Next, add your bowl of shredded cheese, stirring continuously until all is melted and fairly smooth.
  7. Turn off the heat and let the cheese stand in the pot (you’ll want to stir it periodically). Go ahead and preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Turn your pot of water on to boil. Once it’s boiling, add your lentil macaroni and cook it about 4-5 minutes–you want it to be a touch al dente as it will soften a bit more in the bake. Drain pasta well and let it cool a couple minutes.
  9. Add your pasta into your cheese sauce and stir until smooth and creamy. Add in your cooked chicken and bacon or lightly cooked and drained broccoli. Stir until evenly combined. Finally, add your beaten egg and incorporate that very well into the mix and then pour the mac + cheese into your casserole dish.
  10. Sprinkle with cheese and our scd bread crumbs if desired and bake in a preheated oven at 375 for about 20 minutes. Top will be golden and cheese will be a bit bubbly. You can prep this the night before, cover it with saran wrap and bake it at the same temperature for just a bit longer. Serve and enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate. Reheat in oven.
  • Category: SCD
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Pasta

Keywords: specific carbohydrate diet, scd, grain-free, gluten-free, mac + cheese, chicken, bacon, macaroni + cheese, gluten-free pasta

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12 Comments

  1. This mac n’ cheese looks amazing! Talk about the ultimate comfort food- so many delicious ingredients in this casserole. My family will certainly devour this!

    1. Thank you dear Noelle! I really can’t wait for you to try it, it really is comforting and so cheesy! 😀

  2. This casserole looks like the best, ultimate mac and cheese ever! I love trying new pastas, it’s one of my favorite all time foods and I wouldn’t be able to resist! Pinning! xo

    1. Thank you so much my friend, I hope you guys love this, it’s so good with the bread crumbs! 😀

    1. You are so kind my friend, thank you!! 😀 And I agree, you just can’t go wrong when it comes to macaroni and cheese!

  3. This looks excellent. Can you tell me what brand of almond milk and coconut milk you’ve found to be SCD compliant? I’m struggling to find one that works but perhaps I’m not shopping at the right stores.

    1. Thank you so much! I know it really can be so tricky to find. For full fat coconut milk, we really like Trader Joe’s brand. It’s just coconut and water, no additives at all– and the can itself is BPA free. For almond milk, we do find for SCD it’s best to make it at home from scratch. I hope this helps and hope you love the mac and cheese if you try it! 😀

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