Recipe Corner: Applewood Smoked Bacon and Pancetta Dairy Free Mac and Cheese

Are you feeling hungry yet? I’ve scoured another great recipe and this time it is something that even those lactose intolerant people who love cheese can indulge in. Food blogger Kate from @WickedDeliciousKate has kindly shared here special version of yummy Mac and Cheese – a North American staple dish. So let us just head over from Australia to the US, grab your cutlery and dig in!

What You Need

4 cups Whole Wheat Elbow Macaroni
3 cups 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

Here’s How to:

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.

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

In a medium sized pot over medium 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 medium.

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.

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.

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

Cooking time: approx 30 mins including prep
Serves 4 to 6 people

Let me know how you like the recipe and don’t forget to say hi to Kate on Twitter! @RecklessDeliciousKate

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