Keto Mac and Cheese
Keto cauliflower mac and cheese is the perfect alternative to traditional mac & cheese - you can have this gluten free, low carb version on the table in 15 minutes!
Mac and cheese is arguably one of the greatest American comfort foods. But this delicious cauliflower mac and cheese tastes even better, plus it doesn’t have all of the carbs! With this recipe, you can’t even tell it is made with cauliflower instead of macaroni. Perfectly cooked cauliflower florets are married with an incredible cheese sauce made of two cheeses.
Creamy, cheesy macaroni and cheese option for those looking for a gluten free, low carb alternative to the traditional mac n cheese. Instead of macaroni noodles, cauliflower is used. Just like loaded cauliflower casserole and mashed cauliflower, this cruciferous vegetable is a popular replacement for noodles and potatoes with those on a keto diet as it is the ultimate comfort food.
The cheese sauce on this cauliflower mac and cheese recipe is smooth, velvety and thick. It has two blends of cheeses and one of them isn’t cream cheese (a common cheat to achieving a thick creamy sauce within the keto diet). In this recipe, you won’t have to bother with a thickening agent like cornstarch or xanthan gum because the almond flour, heavy whipping cream and cheeses will thicken the sauce as it cooks.
- What does keto mac and cheese taste like?
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What does keto mac and cheese taste like?
Keto Cauliflower mac and cheese is thick, creamy, and gooey with cheese. With this recipe, the cauliflower is perfectly cooked and smothered in a delicious cheese sauce to completely cover any cauliflower flavor. So all you will taste is cheesy goodness.
This recipe is super easy to make and uses two of the best types of cheese – gruyere and sharp cheddar cheese.
- Gruyere cheese is a popular choice for keto cauliflower mac and cheese because of its smooth and creamy texture and sophisticated taste.
- Sharp cheddar cheese – And, of course, to make this cauliflower mac and cheese a truly authentic culinary experience, you must add sharp cheddar cheese to get that iconic yellow color to your cheese sauce.
You can even bake this keto cauliflower mac and cheese recipe. Just follow the instructions on my keto cauliflower gratin recipe.
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Keto Cauliflower Mac And Cheese Ingredients
- 1 pound fresh cauliflower florets
- 3 tablespoons almond flour
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 3 oz gruyere cheese, shredded
Keto Mac and Cheese Directions
Steam the cauliflower
To a large stockpot, place a steamer basket into the pot and fill the pot with 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets to the steamer basket, cover and let steam for 3-5 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender. Remove from heat and any water and set aside.
- Cauliflower florets
Make a keto roux
To a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Sprinkle in almond flour and stir for 30 seconds.
- Almond flour
Slowly add heavy cream while stirring constantly. Add salt. Let mixture come to a boil and let simmer for 5-7 minutes or until mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Heavy cream
Once cream base has thickened, slowly add in shredded cheese, adding in a handful at a time and stirring until smooth. Continue until all the cheese has melted and cheese sauce is smooth and creamy. Remove cheese sauce from heat.
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Gruyere cheese
Marry the cheese sauce with the cauliflower
Add cauliflower florets into the cheese sauce and stir until florets are well coated. Serve immediately.
I have been on a low carb / high fat diet for about a year now, and the keto mac and cheese was my favorite meal to make when I was in the mood for a pasta side dish. It is quick, easy, and tastes AMAZING!
For anyone looking to make a lower carb lifestyle change, this is the recipe for you. My family loves it!
So excited for this recipe. I am printing and will present for thanksgiving and hopefully my grandkids won’t know the difference.
I hope they love it! Cauliflower is hit and miss with my kids, but the cheese here will help significantly.
Im doing the same thing for my teenagers this year!
Amazingly cheesy and satisfying
Just made this. It is delicious. I love Mac and cheese but I’m on a keto diet. This recipe is a winner.
“This isn’t keto” said my granddaughter Missy! I promised her it was!
Just made it. I halved the recipe. Next time a little less milk and a pinch or two more almond flour. Went old school. Used Velveeta cheese and pork rind crumbs on top. Went out to the shop and got my torch and toasted to top. Spot on.
We love your recipes!
This recipe went really well with some diced ham that was leftover from another meal. I fried the ham to get a light caramelization and then added to the final step of the recipe.
Somehow this still feels fat to be 38 and eat a whole bowl. 🙂
Will def. try these recipes.
This No Pasta Mac & Cheese is my first. It is delicious. I used Coconut Flour to thicken, turned out great.
Really liked this recipe. My cheese sauce turned out too think so I thinned it down with more HWC. Next time, I’ll see what the sauce seems like with just 6 oz. of cheese and maybe use almond milk instead of HWC. My cauliflower broke apart some during mixing it with the cheese sauce and that was a good thing. Next time I won’t be concerned about leaving the florets on the big side knowing that they will get smaller during mixing. Also added some more spices – garlic powder, ground mustard, cayenne, ground black pepper – for extra flavor.
This was absolutely delicious and will be in regular rotation for me. I added some cayenne pepper to make it spicy.
Super yummy recipe!
I used salted butter, almond flour, half amount of heavy cream and cream cheese, sharp aged cheddar! T’was delish and the texture was perfection. Thanks ever so much. Hubby loved it.
thank you soo much 4 the recipe!
I’ve been searching for “great” cheese sauce for keto mac & cheese for weeks. Not only did I find a “GREAT” cheese sauce, but even using cauliflower, I LOVED this substitute for real pasta macaroni and cheese. Soooo happy I found this recipe. Thank you!