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Dairy/lactose free Applewood smoked bacon and pancetta Mac and Cheese.

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This was a fabulous recipe that I had written a little over a year ago while deciding to write more recipes for various diets. I am a gigantic cheese lover and this dish is just full of wonderful FLAVORS. A perfect and delicious substitution for lactose free peeps.

4 cups Whole Wheat Elbow Macaroni
3 cups/12 slices Lactose free Sharp cheddar cheese substitute
2 cup non-dairy creamer or Lactose free milk ( Lactaid)
3 cloves garlic grated
2 tablespoons corn starch or corn flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 med onion diced or grated
2 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons applewood smoked bacon mustard
1 cup crispy pancetta
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh parsley for garnish

Directions:

1.Bring pasta to boil as directed making sure to salt the water liberally
before dropping pasta. Cook pasta till soft but, still has a nice bite to it( al dente) . Drain and set aside.

2.Sprinkle your pancetta on a baking sheet and in a preheated 350 oven cook for 5 mins till crispy.once nice and crisp, remove from oven and set aside.

3.In a med size pot over med high heat, add a few drizzles of olive oil, garlic and onion. Sautée for about 5 mins till onions become soft and translucent. Lower heat to med

4. In a small bowl add your corn starch and 2 tablespoons of water. Mix and add to your garlic and onion mixture. Next,once corn starch is thoroughly mixed in with garlic and onion, whisk in 2 cups of you LF cream or milk. Keep whisking till sauce has thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon.

5. Now , you can start adding in your cheese one cup at a time. Once all your cheese is whisked in, add your mustard,pancetta, salt and pepper to taste (check for seasoning you won’t need a ton of salt considering the extra salt you get from the pancetta) and add your smoked paprika. Stir and add your pasta to your cheese sauce and mix.

6. Grab a large oven safe baking dish and add your Mac right too it! Cook your Mac at 350 degree oven for 20 mins till golden and bubbly on top. Remove and sprinkle some fresh chopped parsley on top and serve.

Cooking time: approx 30 mins including prep

Serves 4 to 6 people

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About wickeddeliciouskate

Avid Recipe writer, cook, Wife and mom of 2 beautiful girls. Writing recipes for any and "all" diets has become a obsessive passion of mine. I am a home-trained cook who was taught very early by my wonderful mother. I wish to full-fill "her" dream and now mine of writing my very own cookbook someday. The passion and inspiration that cooking and writing recipes ( for me) is like no other. It's what I live for and love to do. It's like a high that I would never want to come down from.

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