Lactose-free macaroni cheese

Enjoy a lactose-free version of macaroni cheese. The ultimate comfort food on cold winter nights, it’s sure to be a hit with the whole family

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:20 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 500
  • fat 18g
  • saturates 8g
  • carbs 59g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 24g
  • salt 1g


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml lactose-free milk
  • 125g Grana Padano, finely grated
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 250g elbow macaroni or short pasta
  • 3 tbsp dried breadcrumbs
  • pinch of paprika or cayenne pepper


  1. Whisk the olive oil and flour together in a saucepan until smooth, then warm over a medium heat until lightly golden and thickened slightly. Add the milk a splash at a time, whisking continually, until a smooth white sauce forms. Cook for 2 mins more until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Stir in 100g of the Grana Padano and the Dijon mustard, then cook for another 1-2 mins until melted. Season well.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta for 8-10 mins until al dente. Drain well and stir into the cheese sauce. Tip into a baking dish and heat the grill to medium. Toss together the breadcrumbs, paprika or cayenne and the remaining Grana Padano, then scatter over the top of the macaroni cheese. Grill for 5-8 mins until the top is crispy and golden. Serve with a sharply dressed green salad.

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