Mac and cheese is already one of the ultimate comfort foods and chorizo mac and cheese puts this dish on another level. Whilst the recipe below is enough for 3-4 people, I have to be honest and tell you that I make this same amount for the two of us! It really is that delicious that we always go back for seconds and thirds.
This recipe is FODMAP-friendly as I need to limit my intake of wheat and dairy but if you don’t have any issues with these then feel free to substitute the pasta, milk and cheese for your regular options – quantities can stay the same as in the recipe.
When I started on the low FODMAP diet, finding a decent wheat-free pasta was high on my list of priorities. I love pasta; I love its versatility and ease to use for dinners and also in salads and soups. Removing pasta from my eating habits was not an option for me so, over time, we tried and tested a number of different pasta brands. We now most often buy Sam Mills Pasta d’oro – a 100% corn pasta – and we use their fusili, penne, spaghetti and of course their macaroni.
Using cornflour also removes the need for wheat flour to thicken the cheese sauce, again keeping this dish low FODMAP.
I also use lactose-free milk to make the cheese sauce and although I usually use grated jong belegen cheese, which contains traces of lactose, you could use a cheese such as gouda, cheddar or edam which have such low levels of lactose that even some people with an intolerance are able to handle them.
Note: if you have a dairy intolerance, are highly allergic/intolerant to cheese, or you just know that cheese is a no-go for you, then obviously please don’t make this dish!
From start to finish, this dish can be made in 30 minutes – that includes prep time, cooking and oven time. I cook the three parts of this recipe (1. chorizo and spinach / 2. pasta / 3. cheese sauce) simultaneously in different pans on the hob. Then it’s just 15 minutes in the oven to get a crunchy, cheesy top and you are ready to serve.
Of course, you could also leave the chorizo and spinach out of this dish and just follow the other steps of my recipe to make a classic mac and cheese. Sometimes a simple classic is all you need!