Thought you had to give up mac and cheese now that you’re living a low carb life? Or wishing you could have a keto mac and cheese that doesn’t use cauliflower? Simply pick a low carb macaroni product that won’t spike your blood sugar and you can enjoy classic baked mac and cheese once again.
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Macaroni and cheese is classic comfort food and something many low carb and keto diet foodies resign themselves to never enjoying it again unless they plan to “cheat.”
However, this low carb mac and cheese recipe is going to change all that! You can now enjoy your favorite comfort goodness and stick to your plan for healthier food choices.
You’re going to absolutely love this recipe!
Can You Eat Pasta On Low Carb?
However, there’s some delicious news for you: there is actually low carb macaroni that can be used instead of the regular high glycemic kind! Using the right pasta makes it possible for low carbers to enjoy a melty, savory baked low carb macaroni and cheese casserole onceagain.
The low carb pasta I used in this recipe and suggest you check out is made by ThinSlim Foods. If you’ve never heard of them, you can check out my review of their sampler pack. I’ve also reviewed their bagels, breads, and snacks.
The texture of the ThinSlim Foods low carb macaroni isn’t exactly like the high carb stuff, but it’s one of the best alternatives I’ve found. I used to use another popular brand, but then it was revealed that their carb counts weren’t accurate and began the search for a new alternative so we could once again enjoy our favorite mac and cheese recipe.
Like Dreamfields, the total carb count is a bit high for a keto mac and cheese, but it will work as a treat. However, the ThinSlim Foods brand does indeed have the net carb impact as stated on the label and it’s great when you want comfort food.
Each serving of this low carb macaroni will set you back about 8 grams of net carbs which, while on the high side, is still better than giving in and going on a carb binge when you get a craving.
Keto Pasta Alternatives
You can also reduce carbs even further and go completely gluten free by using carb free noodles like I did in my shirataki noodle recipe.
Others prefer to use riced cauliflower in lieu of starchy pasta, which can work as well if you aren’t looking for traditional. This recipe isn’t cauliflower mac and cheese, though; it’s actually a pasta based dish meant to satisfy your inner child who still claps her hands at the thought of gooey, melty, cheese covered noodles.
However, if you don’t mind cauli mac and cheese, check out this quick and easy cauliflower mac and cheese. It doesn’t get more simple than this!
Tips For Making The Best Low Carb Mac And Cheese Casserole
So how do you make this amazing, low carb mac and cheese casserole? It’s actually quite easy.
Prepare The Low Carb Pasta
When you cook your low carb pasta, be sure to follow the package directions to get both the best texture and keep the net carb count where it belongs.
Add The Low Carb Cheese Sauce Ingredients
Next, combine all the ingredients (including the hot pasta) in a medium bowl and mix them well. Then put them in your favorite 8×8 baking dish.
The cheesy goodness in this recipe comes from a blend of almond milk, heavy cream, egg, cheddar cheese, and spices.
Some low carb cheese sauces use cream cheese or butter, but this is a simple recipe that comes out like your favorite classic. Try it!
Bake The Mac N Cheese Casserole
All that’s left is to sprinkle some crushed pork rinds on top for that baked mac and cheese crunch and stick your low carb casserole in the oven.
Mac And Cheese Variations
Want to jazz up your low carb cheesy mac casserole?
Go ahead and add some bacon and/or jalapenos to it. You can also add some diced chicken to make it more protein rich and filling.
Try white cheddar instead of yellow or pepper jack. This is also great as a four cheese casserole if you’d like to use a blend.
Serving And Storing Your Low Carb Mac And Cheese
If you’d like to prep this ahead of time, you can rinse the pasta with cold water and combine the ingredients in a dish. Simply cover it well, and bake it when you’re ready.
If you have leftovers, they’ll reheat well in the microwave. Simply sprinkle on a few drops of water, almond milk, or heavy cream and loosely cover it before reheating to help get that fresh from the oven melted goodness back.
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Low Carb Macaroni and Cheese
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- 1 1/2 cups low carb elbows cooked and drained, see Note
- 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup crushed pork rinds
- Combine pasta, cheese, almond milk, cream, egg, mustard, and garlic powder in medium bowl.
- Pour into 8×8 baking dish.
- Sprinkle crushed pork rinds on top.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
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