Comforting Baked Mac n’ Cheese with Bacon

It’s been cold all weekend long.

The thermostat is cranked up to 73F, my toes have been wrapped up in my favorite woolly socks, and I’ve had more naps than I want to admit.

Enter the casserole that will keep us warm until Spring decides to kick old man Winter to the sidelines.

I made this mac n’ cheese last Monday for dinner and was praised for two days following. It doesn’t take much to please Kevin. If the recipe has bacon, chocolate, cinnamon, or honey, it’s a sure win.

As soon as it began to snow again this weekend, Kevin turned to me and said “Mac n’ cheeeeese, pleeeease??”

He’s right, it’s a perfect meal for chilly temperatures.

So, to the kitchen I went on Saturday afternoon to whip up another batch of his new favorite.

psst it’s my new favorite too… but I’d rather he think I’m making it special, just for him.

My favorite part of this casserole is the topping. The smoked paprika really made it for me.

Oh, and the bacon, the bacon made it too.

And the rice pasta didn’t hurt the cause either.

This is my favorite rice pasta in the entire world…

Thankfully it was on sale a couple of months ago, so I stocked up in a big way. Only 8 more bags to go

 

Comforting Baked Mac n’ Cheese with Bacon
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Recipe type: Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free
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Serves: 4- 6 servings
 
This dairy free mac n’ cheese is a real crowd pleaser. Keep the kids happy with the deep orange color of the “cheese” sauce and surprise the adults of the group with the smoky, crunchy topping. Or, prepare on the weekend and pop in the freezer for a weeks’ worth of healthy frozen lunches!
Ingredients
Sauce
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • ½ cup sweet potato, peeled
  • 2½ tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoon cashews
  • 2 tablespoon yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon miso paste
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon himalayan rock salt
Add-ins
  • 3 cups uncooked pasta – I used rice pasta shells
  • 8 strips pork bacon
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 2 green onions, diced or 2 tablespoon freeze dried chives
Topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F and oil a 4 cup casserole dish with coconut oil. Prepare pasta as per package instructions. Be sure to leave it al dente.
  2. To make the sauce: Peel the sweet potato, stab with fork a couple of times, and place in the microwave on ‘potato’ setting. Meanwhile, combine all sauce ingredients in a blender. Add cooked sweet potato, and blend until smooth. Transfer to a frying pan on medium heat and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes before removing from heat and setting aside.
  3. Meanwhile, fry bacon in a large frying pan, cooking for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from pan, dab with paper towel and cut into bits. Set aside
  4. To make topping: combine all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  5. Whip eggs with hand held mixer until frothy. In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, prepared sauce, bacon bits, frothed eggs, and green onions/chives. Stir to combine.
  6. Drop mixture into prepared casserole dish and top with topping.
  7. Cook in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Okay, on to a completely different topic…

I was supposed to go swimming yesterday morning but without an instructor to tell me what to do [we’re on Christmas Spring break right now], I absolutely hate being in the pool.

So, I opted to drop in on a step class :| It’s some serious stuff!

I was jumping and bopping alone in my own little world as the serious steppers were following their routine. I stopped a couple of times throughout the class to laugh with myself [not at myself, I was still having a great time!]

I’m going back again next Saturday to have another go at it. Until then, I’ll be watching these…

Safety first, kids

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V0TqgcXSVk&feature=relmfu

uh, zomg so confusing. I was a dancer… I can do this [insert positive self talk here].

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdA-PbdzBAM

Have you ever been to a step class? If so, how long did it take you to get the hang of it?

What’s the last new thing you’ve tried?

Have you entered my latest giveaway?

What’s the weather like where you are today?

It’s okay to make me jealous!

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Comments

    • Great idea, I bet it could even be made into a breakfast dish! Thanks Sarah :)

  1. mmm….this looks so good! I love to see these types of recipes as they are totally gluten-free. I haven’t had Mac n’ Cheese since being diagnosed with Celiac’s so needless to say, I will put these ingredients on my shopping list ASAP! Looks great=]

  2. I am so glad I found your blog! I love it… And this recipe sounds amazing! We love mac & cheese & this sounds just delicious…Never tried a Step class… The latest ‘new’ old thing I’ve tried is riding a carousel (which you know all about from my post!) :) The weather here in Chennai is blistering hot and we are cooling off with some amazing watermelons! I cannot enter your giveaway because I live in India! I so wish I could though! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

    • You have me hoping to find a carousel! It’s been ages. Watermelons are the best for cooling off, aren’t they? I love using them in smoothies in the Summer. I cannot wait for Summer to show up here! Sorry about the giveaway, but thanks for coming to say hi!

  3. I’m pretty sure I’ve bookmarked your past 8 posts. You are a gift to blogworld, girl :)

    • Aw thanks, Jenny. That means a lot :)

  4. The sauce to the mac & cheese sounds good by itself. I’ll have to try it. The only step exercises I have done were on Wii fit. Step classes sound like fun though.

    • You’re right, next time I think I’ll skip the baking part, add the pasta, and call it a day. It’s delicious on it’s own too! I didn’t know Wii fit had step exercises. I really need to get one of those!

    • Way to go, Chelsey. I can’t believe you nailed it on your first try! The teacher was yelling out numbers and formations and everyone just knew. It was amazing.

  5. I’ve taken a step class before.. it was a great work out! It definitely took a while for me to get into the rhythm and understand what everyone else was doing! I loved it though!

  6. I just found your blog and I LOVE it. This looks delicious – can’t believe there’s no cheese! I’m always on the lookout for comfort foods as canada is freezing cold so I’m going to be sure to give your recipe a try.
    Can’t wait to read more!

    • Where abouts are you in Canada? I’m in Airdrie (Alberta) so I totally feel you on the cold factor.

  7. oh my gosh, I am boommarking this! My family is a huge mac n cheese fan, and they just had some the other night–full of cheese :( But! Now I can make this! YAY!