My 4-ingredient baked cauliflower keto mac and cheese is better than the “real” thing!
With just 4 ingredients (plus salt and pepper) and in less than 30 minutes you can easily adapt a traditional macaroni and cheese recipe to suit keto macros.
Oven-baked keto cauliflower mac and cheese is an uper duper cheesy side to serve with a bun-less burger or baked fish. It’s 100% kid-approved and will be great to share with the whole family!
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I grew up on boxed Kraft mac and cheese. We made the switch to the Annie’s “homemade” formula and I remember thinking I was getting such an improvement, never realizing the ingredients are essentially the same! My family would stock up on a giant package from Costco. You know the ones, something like 32 boxes in one huge brick. Many a high school evening was spent ripping open a box of “food” to make dinner. The whole scene is pretty cringe worthy now. I thought I was so mature, making my own food and felt a level of pride at being able to cook a meal.
If only I knew then what I know know.
This is especially true after learning how easy it is to make a grain-free/gluten-free KETO mac and cheese recipe!
No matter, that is all in the past now and we can all rejoice with mistakes behind us. I know that our children will grow up with a stronger grasp on real food nutrition and be educated to make better food choices. Instead of living off food-like substances, our kids can grow up on homemade meals of unprocessed, non-allergenic ingredients.
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Hurray, Hurrah, Cauliflower is Here to Save the Day!
Many classically carb heavy foods like rice and potatoes are replaced with one of our favorite unassuming vegetables, cauliflower. In this baked keto mac and cheese, cauliflower mimics the pasta noodles with way less carbs and zero gluten.
Other carb-replacements for a Ketogenic Diet include:
What Cheese is Best for Cauliflower Mac and Cheese?
This recipe is far from being dairy-free. As long as it is cheese, you can use pretty much whatever kind you like. I’ve replaced the cream cheese with various soft cheeses like sheep and quesillo. In my experience, it seems like any soft cheese can be used. You want something that will emulsify and thicken the cream.
If anyone uses Brie, invite me over!
Cheddar cheese can be replaced with any firm or semi-firm types. Asiago, Parmesan, Edam, Fontina, Gruyere, or Havarti would all be fine. You can even mix and match to make a 3 cheese blend.
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cut cauliflower into small pieces. Steam in a saucepan until soft. Strain out and discard the water.
- Whisk the cream and cream cheese in the saucepan over medium heat until smooth. Stir in 1.5 cups shredded cheese (save the other 1/2 cup to sprinkle on top). Continue warming until sauce is smooth and thick. Season with salt, pepper, and optional mustard or garlic.
- Arrange the cauliflower in an 8x8-inch or 2 quart oval baking dish. Pour the sauce over and mix to combine.
- Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes, until brown and bubbly.
- Cool slightly and serve warm.