This Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese recipe will fix all your pasta cravings in less than 30 minutes! Soft, tender steamed cauliflower bites coated with a cheesy mac and cheese sauce and only 5 grams of net carbs per serving!
Do you miss pasta dishes on your keto diet? We all miss that cheesy Mac and Cheese classic dish, and this Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is the best way to bring out all the flavor of a comforting mac and cheese dinner without the carbs from pasta.
No, a Mac and Cheese recipe is not keto-friendly for two reasons.
First, the cheese sauce from Mac and Cheese recipes contains lots of carbs from all-purpose flour and whole milk.
Next, the dish itself is made from elbow pasta or pasta made from wheat, and they are high-carb products that quickly raise your blood sugar level.
It means that even without the pasta, a mac and cheese sauce is not keto-friendly and high in carbs. So to enjoy Mac and Cheese flavors on a keto diet, you must make your own sauce and choose a pasta low-carb carb alternative you love.
There’s nothing easier than Cauliflower Mac and Cheese casserole! All you need are few basics ingredients and the same time as making this recipe using high-carb pasta! So dish the pasta and try this low-carb mac and cheese recipe!
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First, place the cauliflower head on a chopping board and trim outside leaves. Next, cut the head into small florets, bite-size of about 1 1/2 inches each.
Finally, place the florets into a steamer basket over a large saucepan of boiled water. Steam the florets for about 8 minutes.
You can also place the florets into a large mixing bowl and microwave for 6-8minutes until softer, not mushy. Set aside the cooked cauliflower for a few minutes or until they have steamed out.
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Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter, then add almond milk, and bring to a light boil. Then, whisk in softened cream cheese, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
When the mixture is smooth, stir in 1 cup of each variety of shredded cheese. Keep cooking until the sauce is creamy and cheese is melted.
Finally, stir in the cooked cauliflower florets into the sauce and keep cooking for a few minutes until the cauliflower is well coated and flavored by the sauce.
To turn this Keto Mac and Cheese Cauliflower recipe into a casserole, place the cheesy cauliflower florets onto a large 9×13-inch baking dish.
Sprinkle extra 1 cup cheese on top of the casserole with 1/2 cup bacon bits and bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and grilled.
Serve immediately with fresh chopped herbs if desired.
This keto cauliflower mac and cheese recipe freezes very well in a freezable container. Thaw in the fridge the day before and rewarm in a small saucepan or the microwave until hot.
You can also store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
I believe that the sort of cheese you use in a mac and cheese recipe is the key to make it flavorsome. Therefore, I listed below all my favorite cheese combinations for you to try.
If you don’t like cauliflower or you don’t have cauliflower on hand now but still crave a Keto Mac and Cheese dinner, there’s a cauliflower-free option for you.
I love to prepare keto meals with cauliflower. It’s such a low-carb vegetable with a delicious texture to mimic pasta or potatoes without adding to the carb counts. Below I listed my favorite keto cauliflower recipes for you to try.
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