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Whenever I think of comfort foods, macaroni and cheese usually falls high on my list. Another dish truly missed by the lactose-intolerant. But not any more – this delicious version, with a few tasty additions, will leave you more than comforted. My tasters did not even know they were not eating real cheese! Enjoy!

Gourmet dairy-free macaroni and cheese (totally modified from this recipe)

1/2 pound hot Italian chicken sausage

1/2 teaspoon prepared Oriental chili paste

6 sun-dried tomatoes, diced

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

3/4 pound macaroni, cooked

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

vegetable oil cooking spray

Cheese sauce:

2 tablespoons margarine

2 tablespoons flour

1 1/2 cups non-dairy creamer, heated for 1 minute.

1 cup grated soy Cheddar cheese

coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Make the cheese sauce: Melt the margarine in a medium saucepan. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until bubbly but not brown, about 1 minute. Add the hot nondairy creamer, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring to a boil, and add salt and pepper. Lower the heat and whisk in the soy cheese. Cook, stirring, for 2 or 3 minutes more.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 1 1/2 quart casserole with cooking spray.

Cook the sausage in a large pan over medium-high heat until well-crumbled and browned. Stir in the chili paste.

Put the cooked macaroni, sausage tomatoes, and basil into the casserole. Pour the cheese sauce over it and mix gently but thoroughly. Spread the crumbs over the top and spray with vegetable oil.

Bake, uncovered, until the top is browned and the sauce is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Serves 4.

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