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Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is a Crowd Pleaser

Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 25 MINUTES

total time: 40 MINUTES

Ingredients

For the Cauliflower:

  • 1 head cauliflower about 6 cups, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon spicy mustard

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup pork rinds, crushed

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2

Cook 4 pieces of bacon on the stove in a skillet. Tip: Cook this in an ovenproof skillet like cast iron, so you can transfer to oven in the same dish.

3

Set aside bacon, and crumble into smaller pieces. Leave bacon drippings in the skillet.

4

Add cauliflower pieces and garlic to skillet and cook on medium heat. You'll want to stir and coat them with the bacon drippings. Cook for about 10-15 minutes until tender (yet still a little al dente). Season with salt & pepper to taste.

5

In a small saucepan on the stove on medium heat, melt butter, add cheddar cheese, cream, and mustard. Stir until it forms a creamy sauce.

6

Pour cheese mixture over the cauliflower and mix in. Also mix back in the bacon crumbles.

7

Top with shredded Gouda cheese and crushed pork rinds.

8

Place in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes until cheese is bubbly and the top is golden brown.

9

Serve as a warm side dish.

Nutritional Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: about 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261, Total Carbohydrates: 10g, Fiber: 4g, Net Carbohydrates: 6g, Total Fat: 20g, Protein: 14g

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Keto Cauliflower Mac & Cheese – pouring cheese into the pan

Love homemade mac and cheese?

Try replacing traditional macaroni noodles with cauliflower for a healthy, delicious keto swap that’s sure to impress!

This grown-up mac and cheese features small pieces of cauliflower that have been pan-fried in bacon drippings. We then mix in a simple cheddar cheese sauce and top with smoked Gouda cheese. Last (but not least), we topped everything with crushed pork rinds. This is an incredibly rich and satisfying side dish that’s over the top delicious!

Keto Cauliflower Mac & Cheese – ingredients needed for this recipe


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Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 25 MINUTES

total time: 40 MINUTES

This cheesy bacon & cauliflower side dish is the perfect recipe for when you're craving mac and cheese!

Ingredients

For the Cauliflower:

  • 1 head cauliflower about 6 cups, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon spicy mustard

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup pork rinds, crushed

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2

Cook 4 pieces of bacon on the stove in a skillet. Tip: Cook this in an ovenproof skillet like cast iron, so you can transfer to oven in the same dish.

3

Set aside bacon, and crumble into smaller pieces. Leave bacon drippings in the skillet.

4

Add cauliflower pieces and garlic to skillet and cook on medium heat. You'll want to stir and coat them with the bacon drippings. Cook for about 10-15 minutes until tender (yet still a little al dente). Season with salt & pepper to taste.

5

In a small saucepan on the stove on medium heat, melt butter, add cheddar cheese, cream, and mustard. Stir until it forms a creamy sauce.

6

Pour cheese mixture over the cauliflower and mix in. Also mix back in the bacon crumbles.

7

Top with shredded Gouda cheese and crushed pork rinds.

8

Place in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes until cheese is bubbly and the top is golden brown.

9

Serve as a warm side dish.

Nutritional Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: about 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261, Total Carbohydrates: 10g, Fiber: 4g, Net Carbohydrates: 6g, Total Fat: 20g, Protein: 14g

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.

Keto Cauliflower Mac & Cheese – cooked and delicious in the pan

Easy & adaptable recipe all will enjoy!

  • Even non-keto family members will love this! It’s an incredible, showstopping way to serve cauliflower that everyone will find yum!
  • Don’t like Gouda? Change up the type of cheese! You can use all cheddar or combine fancier cheeses like Gruyere or Gouda like I did. Parmesan would be yummy as well.
  • To keep it simple, I used a cast iron skillet to cook on the stove and then placed it in the oven to bake. You can, of course, place cauliflower in a small casserole dish to bake if you don’t have an ovenproof skillet.

Keto Cauliflower Mac & Cheese – skillet closeup of the mac and cheese, cooked

Get ready to dig into cheesy bites of heaven!

This dish is insanely delicious! My husband was super impressed. There wasn’t a crumble left after my family started eating it. The bacon, roasted cauliflower, cheese – everything – is YUMMY. I know your family will love it!


Up Next: Make this delectably rich cauliflower chowder!


Lina has 2+ years' experience writing keto recipes and cooking tips. Her work has been featured on Buzzfeed, Martha Stewart, and more. Connect with Lina on LinkedIn


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Comments 10

  1. Allyson

    I use a recipe that is a little different from this one but I am totally addicted! I usually make it twice a week.

  2. born_to_cook

    Absolutely delicious. Even my husband (who doesn’t usually care much for vegetables) enjoyed it!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I’m so glad! Thanks so much for sharing 👍

  3. Nichole

    Would triple cheddar cheese work?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! That would work too! Here are a few of the suggestions we have listed above – “You can use all cheddar or combine fancier cheeses like Gruyere or Gouda like I did. Parmesan would be yummy as well.” Hope that helps!

  4. Nichole

    Really good. Thank you.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! You’re very welcome!

  5. Mac

    Has anyone tried this with frozen cauliflower??

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Mac! That should work! You may need to add a few extra minutes to your cooking time. Let us know how it turns out if you try it!

  6. Nancy

    It’s best to double this because a single serving is never enough.

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