Bacon Mac N Cheese

I’ve said it in a past post and I’ll say it again: Shirataki noodles are the best! Not so much because the taste of them is so fantastic (because really, they taste like nothing) but because they are so pleasantly low in carbs, fat, and calories. Moreover, they’re a nice allowed substitute for pasta on the Dukan Diet. With that said, I am ecstatic to say the macaroni shirataki noodles are not an urban myth as I have found them! Yes, they are located in the vegetarian refrigerated section of Whole Foods Market. I have a pretty love-hate relationship with Whole Foods. The love comes from their giant selection of pretty much anything and everything you could want in a supermarket. On the other hand, the hate comes from how tremendously overpriced everything is. Luckily, the shirataki noodles ran me only $2.19 a pop.

So, with my shirataki macaroni discovery comes a dish that, like many, I have been dying to have on the Dukan Diet: Bacon Mac N Cheese!

Shirataki Bacon Mac N Cheese

First, make a 1/3 portion of the Oat Bran Breadcrumbs recipe found here. (or make a full portion of the recipe and save the remaining breadcrumbs for later)

Then, follow the recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • oat bran breadcrumbs
  • 2 packs shirataki macaroni noodles
  • 4 slices center-cut bacon (6% fat or less)
  • 1 cup fat free shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup fat free sour cream
  • 3/4 skim cup milk
  • 2 tbs reduced fat parmesan
  • 1 1/2 tbs corn starch
  • 1/2 ts mustard
  • 1/2 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 ts salt
  • 1/4 ts paprika
  • 1/2 ts parsley
  • 1/2 ts basil
  • 1/4 ts pepper

Directions:

  1. Fry bacon until extra crispy. Set aside on a plate lined with a paper towel.
  2. After a few minutes, cut bacon into small bits.
  3. Strain macaroni and rinse with hot water. Microwave for one minute and discard any extra water.
  4. Dissolve cornstarch in a few tbs of hot water.
  5. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  6. Heat milk on medium-high in a sauce pan and slowly whisk in cornstarch mixture, paprika, and mustard.
  7. Whisking constantly, bring mixture to a boil and immediately turn heat to low.
  8. Add cheese, sour cream, egg, salt, pepper, basil, parsley, and half of the bacon bits.
  9. Stir until cheese is melted and turn off heat.
  10. Add macaroni and combine with cheese sauce. Pour into a baking dish.
  11. Mix remaining bacon with breadcrumbs and parmesan and generously sprinkle on mac n cheese.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes. Finish in the broiler for 2 minutes or until a golden crust forms.

(source: http://www.food.com/recipe/yummy-low-fat-mac-cheese-222560)

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10 thoughts on “Bacon Mac N Cheese

  1. oh my GOD i cannot believe you found a Dukan-friendly mac n cheese recipe!!!!! I HAVE to try this! You didn’t say what your thoughts were on how it turned out. Was it good?

    1. Yes, it was pretty good! However, if you’ve never had shirataki noodles it may take some getting used to. The texture of the noodles is a lot different than regular pasta and there’s really no flavor to the noodles themselves. They worked well when eaten with the added texture and flavors of the bacon and bread crumb crust.

      1. Shawn, I don’t know if I would call the smell fishy but it’s definitely distinct. I’ve heard of some people who boil the noodles to help remove the smell/taste of the packaging liquid.

        Thanks for visiting!

        -Julee

  2. I am still new to this whole Dukan Diet, how is this attack phase friendly? I am all about cheese and bacon so if it is ok to eat I am all over it 😉

    1. Hi Melissa! Technically, pork is not allowed on the Dukan Diet and cheese (2% fat or less) is allowed in moderation. You can sub the bacon out for turkey bacon if you’d like for a healthier dish. If you look through some of my other recipes, you will find that I don’t always use ingredients that are on the allowed foods list. This is because I catered the diet to my own preference while sticking to the core of the diet: low-fat and low-carb (I also disclose this in the ‘About’ section). For me, these substitutions have helped me stay on the diet and lose weight while eating some of the stuff that I LOVE..such as bacon (extra lean & in moderation, of course!) 🙂

      1. Thank you for your response! I totally get it! I “cheated” yesterday by having a pure protein bar that had peanut butter, but I was still loosing this morning, so I am thinking there is wiggle room when it comes to the strictness! I love your recipes and can’t wait to try them out!

      2. Yes, I think everyone’s body reacts differently to different types of food. Once you find out what works for you, you’ll know what to stay away from and what you can have in moderation without gaining weight.

        My thing is that I LOVE frozen yogurt but it is not allowed on the Dukan Diet (although they’re mostly non-fat and low-fat and regular yogurt is allowed). However, I still eat frozen yogurt several times a week and have never gained weight as a result. My thing is, if it’s considered healthy outside of the rules of the diet, I should be okay.

        I look forward to hearing about how my recipes work out for you!!

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