Gluten Free Baked Penne Rigate

Updated: Jun 18

Delicious and easy to make baked Penne Rigate with smoked Gouda, Gruyère, Pecorino Romano, and Parmesano.

This baked Penne Rigate is an easy pasta dish that kids and kids at heart will love. It is crunchy and creamy... and loaded with lots of cheese. It is the product of the marriage between Mac & Cheese and baked Ziti. It has smokey notes from the Gouda, sharp notes from the Gruyère and garlic, mild notes from the Pecorino Romano and sweet Spanish paprika, and the salty notes from the Parmesano. of my weakness. Love it. Grew up eating in and it was one of the things I set out to find once I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Back then, pasta products were...well... "questionable" to say the least. But that was a long time ago and now we are lucky to find a diverse array of gluten free pasta products.

Although I used Penne Rigate for this recipe, you could use Ziti, Macaroni, or any other similar pasta you like. For the Parmesano cheese, I recommend you find either a block of Parmesano or grated Parmesano that doesn't have any added cellulose in it.

Let's make it!

Prep time: 20 minutes

Baking time: 10 to 15 minutes

Serves 4 people


  • 12 oz. Gluten Free Penne Rigate, Ziti or Macaroni

  • 1 cup og Gruyère Cheese (grated)

  • 1 cup of Smoked Gouda (grated)

  • 1/2 cup of Picorino Romano (grated)

  • 1/2 cup of Parmesano (grated)

  • 1 1/5 cups of milk

  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon of garlic flakes

  • 1/8 teaspoon of Sweet Spanish Paprika or smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder

  • 1/4 cup of gluten free bread crumbs

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. To make the cheese sauce combine the milk, cream, cheeses, garlic powder, paprika, garlic flakes, salt, pepper in a saucepan over medium heat, Allow the cheeses to slowly melt. Do not bring it to a boil. Make sure you stir continuously. Taste for salt & pepper and adjust if necessary.

  3. Prepare the pasta as instructed in the packaging.

  4. Once the pasta is ready, drain and combine with the cheese sauce. Gently fold the bread crumbs in.

  5. Pour the pasta into a greased baking dish and top with some bread crumbs and Parmesano and Romano cheeses.

  6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

  7. Once baked, add more cheese on top and serve!


Printable PDF recipe below:

Gluten Free Baked Penne Rigate
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