10 Keto Mac and Cheese Recipes
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A good keto recipe can turn macaroni and cheese into a meal you can eat without any guilt whatsoever. Plus, the options are endless with what you can do to keep this comfort food in your box of recipes.
It’s perfectly okay to take short cuts in the kitchen. Start your macaroni and cheese recipe with one of the low-carb or no-carb pastas that you can now buy, or substitute pasta with other ingredients, such as cauliflower. Cauliflower is featured in many of the recipes we’ve gather here for you. It’s versatile and when cooked keeps much of its texture.
So, start cooking your next pot of mac and cheese. Go crazy and use whatever cheeses you have in your kitchen. Substitute spices and other flavors to your own taste. These recipes are rich and satisfying … and sure to become a favorite in your kitchen.
#1 Keto Mac and Cheese with Pulled Pork
Yup. Pulled pork in the same dish as mac and cheese. And all yours to indulge in on the keto plan because you’re getting rid of the pasta and using a head of cauliflower instead. You can make the pulled pork a day or two before. Use cheddar in your creamy cheese sauce, or mozzarella if you prefer. This will quickly become one of your go-to dishes that you can enjoy when you need a bit of homey food.
#2 Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is the classic comfort food. We’ve all craved it when we want something rich and creamy, with lots of gooey cheese. This version of mac and cheese gets rid of the high carbs in the macaroni by using the versatile cauliflower. The saltiness of the ham pairs nicely with the cheddar. And the crushed pine nuts add a nutty flavor. There’s a lot of cream and butter in the dish. Aren’t you glad that it’s okay when your eating plan is keto?
#3 Keto Mac & Cheese
This mac and cheese is absolutely decadent, perfect for when you have company over for dinner and want to impress them: rich and smooth, just like mom used to make. The recipe uses low-carb pasta and then piles on the cheese – three different kinds. Cheddar, parmesan, and then cream cheese to give it all a velvety texture. Paprika and garlic add the zip to this mac and cheese.
#4 Low-Carb Cauliflower 'Mac' and Cheese
Get the veggies into your diet with this version of macaroni and cheese. Cauliflower steamed just right, smothered in cheese. It’s optional to add sour cream to get a higher fat content. Serve with a small salad and you’ve got the perfect family dinner. Everyone will want another helping of this casserole so don’t expect to be taking any leftovers for lunch.
#5 Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
It’s okay now and then to indulge in the foods that you love and that make you want a second serving. There’s a lot of fat in this recipe – provided by the heavy cream and the cream cheese. But you’re leaving out the carb-laden pasta and using the healthy cauliflower, so it’s practically guilt-free. The Dijon mustard adds the kick to this casserole. Or you could substitute yellow mustard for less sharpness.
#6 Keto Mac and Cheese Recipe
Sharp cheddar cheese and mustard are the secrets behind the success of this dish. Creaminess to the max, this dish is sure to satisfy and make you smile. Steam the cauliflower until it’s still firm for a pasta-like texture, or cook it so it’s soft and melts into the cheese for a thicker macaroni casserole. Optional: Add crispy bacon to give your mac and cheese a delicious smoky flavor.
#7 Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Once you use cauliflower in this recipe you’ll be a big fan of this often-overlooked vegetable. Baked in the oven, it’s topped with even more cheese, paprika, and parsley. The Italian seasoning brings out the cheesy taste of the cheddar, parmesan, and mozzarella. This recipe is sure to become a family favorite. If you’re feeling adventurous, sprinkle some crispy bacon over the top before putting into the oven.
#8 Keto "Macaroni" and Cheese
Full of nutrients, cauliflower is perfect for mac and cheese – filling and smooth when it’s cooked. This recipe is almost sinful, using heavy cream and lots of cheese. The new spin on this macaroni and cheese version isn’t just the cauliflower, it’s the gouda cheese, which is delightfully smoky tasting. Pop this dish under the broiler to finish it off, so it gets nice and bubbly and crisp.
#9 Easy One Pan Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
This dish is super simple and easy to make with just a few ingredients, and it’s amazingly tasty. The blend of three cheeses is sublime, with the smoked paprika spice giving a deeper flavor to the casserole. When it’s hot out of the oven sprinkle fresh parsley over the top and serve. Or use chopped chives for a little bit of a different take on this mac and cheese.
#10 Keto Mac and Cheese
Make this recipe with carb-free pasta, such as Shirataki noodles to turn this typical heavy carb dish into one that is keto perfect. Cooking the noodles ahead of time so they have lots of time to drain is the key to this recipe. Then just pan fry them and pour on the homemade sauce. The cream and cheddar cheese up the fat content in the recipe, keeping you satisfied and full. Make this recipe when you need a little pick me up during the week.
Satisfying and Tasty
The more satisfied you are when eating the keto way, the easier it is to stick to those foods that are on your keto plan, so don’t turn away from making macaroni and cheese on those days when you just need a meal that’s going to make you feel good. With these recipes that we’ve listed here, mac and cheese is back in the wheelhouse and ready for you to start cooking.