Upside Down Mac And Cheese Pie With Bacon (Gluten-Free)

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Nothing beats a good old mac and cheese pie, except maybe a gluten-free, upside down pie with bacon!
Pies are great for sharing and perfect for your next dinner party.

Because pies can be filled with just about anything, there are so many recipes you can create. If you have some free time, try our Upside Down Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese Pie with Bacon recipe.

This gluten-free pasta dinner recipe is inspired by everyone’s favourite Mac and Cheese dish — except better!

You’ve probably had mac and cheese before, but have you tried it upside down?

This delicious gluten-free pasta dish combines pasta, cheese, bacon, fresh tomatoes and eggs. After it is baked, you turn it upside down and get an upside down mac and cheese pie.

You can add a sprinkle of fresh basil or chives for extra flavour. This recipe is an easy-to-make, budget-friendly gluten-free pasta dinner that everyone will enjoy!

 

cheese

 

Is cheese healthy?

Macaroni and Cheese dish is perhaps one of the most popular comfort foods in America, and that’s saying something when you think about how much people love to eat hamburgers.

Cheese is an integral part of Mac and Cheese, so let’s talk about why it’s good for you.

Cheese is rich in nutrients that promote health, growth, and development. In addition, cheese is an excellent source of proteins and is easily digestible.

Protein is a good energy source and is one of the most crucial human body requirements.

Cheese is rich, creamy, and is considered comfort food. It is a good source of calcium and contains nutrients such as vitamins A and D, riboflavin, and phosphorus.

 

Mac and cheese, gluten free

 

Homemade Mac and cheese is always better.

What makes this gluten-free meal better? A typical pasta dish you buy in packages at a supermarket contains high amounts of carbohydrates, fat, salt, and filler ingredients. This Mac and Cheese is a fresh homemade meal made using fresh ingredients and is without gluten.

And the best part is that this gluten-free pasta meal will fill you up and satisfy even big appetites!

The presence of smoky bacon adds to the deliciousness and helps to increase the protein, which means you will feel full longer.

So not only is this gluten-free mac and cheese recipe packed with protein to keep you full and energized for hours on end, but it also has all the flavours you love from the classic comfort food, too!

 

cherry tomatoes

 

 

Why did we add fresh tomatoes?

One of the favourite ingredients in this baked mac and cheese recipe is fresh tomatoes. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a potent antioxidant.

Lycopene promotes skin elasticity and helps protect against UV-induced skin damage that can lead to wrinkles and possibly cancer. Lycopene also increases skin hydration, helps fight free radical damage, and may slow down aging.

Healthy foods can indeed be satisfying and comforting. This gluten-free mac and cheese recipe proves it. This beloved comfort food gets a makeover but still satisfies the taste buds of young (and old) alike.

Delicious pasta dinners are always popular. Check out our complete list of gluten-free pasta recipes for inspiration for your next favourite dish. 

This true comfort food can be served as a side or main with a healthy salad

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. small gluten-free pasta, such as macaroni, penne or fusilli
  • 6 GF bacon strips
  • 2 cups half and half cream
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese or other good melting cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. Tapioca starch
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Pure sea salt and GF ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Garnish: fresh basil, parsley or chives (optional)
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    Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F
  • Cook pasta per package directions until al dente. (cooked but firm to bite) Drain the pasta and reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Set aside
  • While the pasta is cooking, place bacon strips on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and baked until lightly crispy
  • Brush an 8-inch pie dish with some of the bacon fat, then evenly layer the dish with cooked bacon strips
  • In a small pan heat butter until lightly brown. Stir in tomatoes, basil and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat. Set aside
  • In a medium saucepan whisk together cream, Gruyere cheese, tapioca starch, garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until the sauce starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Stir in pasta, and reserved pasta water. Then add tomatoes and parmesan cheese and then the eggs. Stir to combine.
  • Transfer pasta into the bacon lined pie dish and bake for 30 - 35 minutes, until golden. Rest for 10 minutes, then loosen the edges with a sharp knife and invert onto a plate. Garnish with fresh herbs or chives
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