Cheesy keto mac and cheese made 33 different ways! This and other easy keto recipes give endless inspiration for low-carb options.
Now you can enjoy this family-friendly side dish without breaking your keto diet!
Our Easy Keto Mac and Cheese and Baked Keto Mac and Cheese recipes were such simple delights, I was inspired to gather this list of creative ways to improvise with new flavors.
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Easy Keto Mac and Cheese: Recipe here
Classic Baked Keto Mac and Cheese: Recipe here
Smoked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese: Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese; season with Smoked Salt or any of these great flavors of salt!
Smoked Mozzarella: Make Classic Baked Keto Mac and Cheese, add 1/2 cup each sliced roasted red peppers and diced smoked mozzarella. Top with according to the recipe and broil until melted; do not bake.
Bacon: Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese; add 8 slices crumbled cooked bacon before baking.
Onion Lovers’: Cook 2 sliced large onions in butter until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Make Classic Baked Keto Mac and Cheese, add the onions and 1 bunch chopped scallions. Bake, then sprinkle with 1/2 cup crushed pork rinds, optional.
Cheeseburger: Brown 1/2-pound ground beef with 1/4 cup each (sugar-free) ketchup, chopped onion and chopped pickles. Make Classic Baked Keto Mac and Cheese. Transfer half of the “pasta” mixture to a buttered baking dish; top with the beef mixture, then the remaining pasta mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar and bake at 400 degrees F, 15 minutes.
Broccoli and Havarti: Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese; use 1 large cauliflower plus 2 cups broccoli florets. Replace cheddar with Havarti. Add chopped parsley. And optional splash of soy-free soy sauce.
Alfredo Mac and Cheese: Saute 1 clove garlic in butter. Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese. Replace cheddar with 1 cup Asiago and 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese.
Sun-Dried Tomato: Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese; stir in 4 ounces goat cheese, 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes and a handful of chopped basil.
Creamy Vegetable: Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese; stir in 2 cups cooked mixed vegetables and 2 tablespoons chopped parsley.
Four-Cheese: Cook 1 minced shallot in butter. Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese; use 1 cup cheddar and 1/4 cup each shredded mozzarella, Asiago, Gruyere, and diced taleggio cheese. Top with chopped parsley.
Pesto: Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese; stir in 2 tablespoons pesto and a handful of chopped basil.
Garlic and Herb: Cook 1 minced garlic clove and 1 teaspoon each chopped basil, parsley, chives and thyme in butter. Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese. Combine and serve warm.
Walnut–Blue Cheese: Toast 1/4 cup chopped walnuts over dry heat. Make Alfredo Mac and Cheese or Easy Keto Mac and Cheese, adding 1/4 cup soft blue cheese with the Parmesan. Top with the walnut mixture.
Mushroom and Leek: Cook 1 sliced leek, 3 cups sliced mushrooms and 1 teaspoon chopped thyme in butter. Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese. Substitute 1 cup cheddar for 1/2 cup grated Havarti and 1/2 cup Parmesan. Transfer to a buttered baking dish. Top with 1/2 cup Havarti and broil until golden.
Tuna and Veggie: Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese and stir in 1 can drained wild-caught fish and 1 1/2 cups cooked mixed veggies.
Queso: Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese; replace 1 cup of the cheddar with 4 ounces cream cheese; stir in 2/3 cup salsa. Top with crushed pork rinds.
Chicken-Sage: Cook 2 tablespoons chopped sage in butter. Make Classic Baked Keto Mac and Cheese, increase cream to 1 full cup. Stir in 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken. Transfer to a buttered baking dish. Bake, then broil for 3-5 minutes.
Philly Cheesesteak: Sauté 1 sliced onion and 2 sliced bell peppers in butter; stir in 1/2 pound shredded sliced roast beef. Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese. Pour the beef onion mixture over cheesy cauliflower or combine the two together.
Baked Mini Macs: Make Classic Baked Keto Mac and Cheese. Whisk 4 eggs into the cheese sauce before combining with cauliflower. Divide among 12 buttered muffin cups. Sprinkle tops with cheese and bake at 400 degrees F until golden and puffed, 12 to 15 minutes.
Truffle: Sauté 1 pound sliced mushrooms in olive oil until browned. Make Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese, replacing the cheddar in the sauce with 2 cups grated truffle cheese. Add the mushrooms; top with 1/4 cup Gruyere instead of cheddar.
Kielbasa: Make Classic Baked Keto Mac and Cheese, replacing the cheddar in the sauce and on top with horseradish or spicy cheddar. Add 12 ounces browned diced kielbasa; top with 1 cup crushed pork rinds before baking.
Butternut–Blue Cheese: Peel and cube 1 small butternut squash; roast at 425 degrees F until tender, about 20 minutes. Make Classic Baked Keto Mac and Cheese, using the 2 cups of cheddar in the sauce. Add squash, prepare to bake by topping with 1 cup crumbled blue cheese. Top with 1/4 cup each cheddar and broil until melted; do not bake.
Italian: Make Classic Baked Keto Mac and Cheese, replace the cheddar in the sauce and on top with fontina cheese. Add 2 teaspoons dried oregano and 1 teaspoon basil, use the garlic powder. Top with 1/4 cup each grated Parmesan and pork rinds (optional) before baking.
Lobster: Make Classic Baked Keto Mac and Cheese, add 12 ounces chopped cooked lobster. Top with the cheese and 1/4 cup chopped chives and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Bake, broil to finish if desired.
Bacon-Chipotle: Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese; use 1 cup cheddar and 1 cup chipotle cheddar; add 2 tablespoons chopped chipotles in adobo sauce and 8 slices crumbled cooked bacon. Add 1 teaspoon smoked paprika before serving.
French-Style: Make Classic Baked Keto Mac and Cheese; simmer 2 chopped garlic cloves in the cream, use ½ cup cheddar and 8-ounce Brie in the sauce. Add a few splashes of water, if needed to thin sauce. Increase mustard to 2 teaspoons, use whole grain if available. Top with ½ cup cheddar.
Pimiento: Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese; use 1/3 sour cream in place of heavy whipping cream. Add 1/2 cup pimientos and minced cilantro.
Spinach-Artichoke: Make Classic Baked Keto Mac and Cheese; stir in one 6-ounce jar chopped marinated artichoke hearts and 2 cups chopped baby spinach. Transfer to a buttered baking dish. Mix 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan and chopped parsley; sprinkle on top. Bake at 400 degrees F, 15 minutes.
Wisconsin-Style: Make Easy Keto Mac and Cheese; add 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard. Top with 1/2 cup cheddar cheese curds.
Mini Spanish: Make Classic Baked Keto Mac and Cheese by stirring in 1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme, 1/2 cup browned diced dried chorizo, 1/2 cup grated manchego cheese and 1 beaten egg with the cauliflower. Divide among 4 to 6 small ramekins. Top with sliced tomato or piquillo peppers and more manchego. Broil until golden.
Southern Greens: Make Classic Baked Keto Mac and Cheese; stir in 2 cups cooked chopped collard greens, and hot sauce to taste.
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