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Keto Bacon Cauliflower “Mac” ‘N’ Cheese

Just because you're on a keto diet doesn't mean you should forsake all comfort food. This super indulgent mac 'n' cheese manages to stay low-carb thanks to one magical ingredient: cauliflower. Add bacon to the mix and you get the perfect dinner.

by Katie Aubin featured in Tasty Holiday Sides & Desserts

30 minutes

Inspired by perfectketo.com

30 minutes

Ingredients

for 4 servings

  • 4 strips bacon
  • 4 cups
    water (960 mL)
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 2 teaspoons
    kosher salt, divided
  • 4 oz
    cream cheese (115 g)
  • ⅓ cup
    heavy cream (80 mL)
  • ¼ teaspoon
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon
    paprika
  • 2 cups
    shredded cheddar cheese (200 g)
  • fresh parsley, finely chopped, for garnish
    Calories 663
    Fat 54g
    Carbs 14g
    Fiber 3g
    Sugar 5g
    Protein 34g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

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Preparation

  1. In a large pan over medium-high heat, cook the bacon for 6 minutes, or until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan, pat off excess grease with a paper towel, then chop and set aside.
  2. Add the water to a medium pot and bring to a boil.
  3. While the water heats up, chop the cauliflower into small pieces.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and the cauliflower to the boiling water, then cover and cook for 4 minutes, or until slightly tender. Drain the cauliflower and set aside.
  5. In the same saucepan, combine the cream cheese, heavy cream, remaining teaspoon of salt, the cayenne, and paprika. Stir to combine, then cook for 4 minutes, until smooth and thick.
  6. Fold in the cauliflower, then add the cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted, then fold in the bacon.
  7. Scoop into serving bowls and garnish with parsley.
  8. Enjoy!
 

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