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AIP mac and cheese on a plate from above, sprinkled with bacon bits

Bacon Mac and Cheese (Paleo, AIP, Dairy-free)

Author: Michele
Servings: 4 people
The ultimate comfort food - gooey, warm, and filling - this Bacon Mac and Cheese is cozy and delightful. No need to worry about triggering a flare though if you can't have dairy - this one is dairy-free! Also Paleo and AIP friendly.
*Note - this serves 4 people as a side, or 2 people as a main dish
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins


For the cheese sauce:

For the Pasta:


  • Cook the bacon in a pan until done, set aside.
  • Put a pot of water on to boil, then cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, whisk together the water and arrowroot. Then whisk in the remaining sauce ingredients.
  • While whisking constantly, bring the sauce mixture to a boil over medium heat. It will thicken noticeably once hot - continuing whisking for another 1-2 minutes, then remove from the heat.
  • Drain the pasta, finely chop up the bacon, and add the pasta and bacon to the pan with the sauce. Mix together and serve warm. (Option: reserve a bit of the bacon to sprinkle on top)
Course: Main, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword: AIP, Autoimmune Paleo, autoimmune protocol, comfort, dairy free, kid-friendly, kids, Paleo
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