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The Best Keto Cauliflower Mac & Cheese Recipe

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 a cast iron, so you can transfer to the oven in the same skillet.

3

Remove bacon from skillet, crumble into smaller pieces, and set aside. 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 over 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. Place in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes until cheese is bubbly and the top is golden brown.

8

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.
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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!

Our keto cauliflower mac and cheese is so full of rich comforting flavors, no one in the family will be asking where the elbow pasta is within the luscious cheese.

Keto Cauliflower Mac & Cheese – ingredients needed for this recipe

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. SO good.

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!

cooking bacon in cast iron pan

sautéing cauliflower florets

adding shredded cheese to cream in sauce pan

pouring melted cheese onto cauliflower

pouring pork rinds onto mac and cheese skillet

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


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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 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 a cast iron, so you can transfer to the oven in the same skillet.

3

Remove bacon from skillet, crumble into smaller pieces, and set aside. 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 over 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. Place in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes until cheese is bubbly and the top is golden brown.

8

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.

cauliflower mac and cheese on stove in cast iron pan

Recipe Tips:

    • Don’t like Gouda? Change up the type of cheese in your keto cauliflower mac and cheese. You can use all cheddar or combine fancier cheeses like Gruyere or Gouda as 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 keto cauliflower mac and cheese is insanely delicious! Even non-keto family members will love this! My husband was super impressed and there wasn’t a crumble left after my family started eating it.

The bacon, roasted cauliflower, cheese – everything – is YUMMY. It’s an incredible, showstopping way to serve cauliflower that I know your family will love, too!


Make this delectably rich cauliflower chowder next!

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Comments 14

  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.

    • tobysadog

      what did you do differently?

  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

    Really good. Thank you.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! You’re very welcome!

  4. 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!

  5. Nancy

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

  6. true_blue

    I am making this tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Awesome 👏enjoy!!

  7. adunphy53

    Made this the other night and I can give up pasta macaroni and cheese for this. However I did find it extremely salty, but all I had was salted butter when I made it and I always wait until after it’s done and I can try it before I salt and pepper to taste. It was so good warmed up in the microwave as leftovers too. The cauliflower still had crunch to it and I added sun-dried tomatoes when warming up.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice that sounds delicious – thanks for sharing!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! Glad it was still yummy when reheated! For the salt, you could try unsalted butter or maybe leave out the bacon next time. Hoping that helps!

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