Mar 12, 2021 2 min read

Creamy, cheesy mac and cheese may have been a childhood favorite, but what happens when you need a little comfort as an adult? With Great Low-Carb Pasta - Elbows by the Great Low-Carb Bread Co., delicious, satisfying macaroni and cheese can still be on the menu.

It all starts with low-carb pasta. Regular elbow macaroni has over 40 grams of carbohydrates per serving - that may be enough to kick you out of ketosis in a single serving! It also has 200 calories and only 8 grams of protein. 

Great Low-Carb Pasta - Elbows have only 7 grams of net carbohydrates. They are specifically designed to be keto-friendly. Each serving has 12 grams of protein, to promote fullness, and it provides only 100 calories. They are the perfect foundation for your keto mac and cheese or any pasta dish you crave!

Cheesy Variations and Combinations for Every Palate

The recipe below includes sharp cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, but you can tweak it to include whatever cheese combinations you love. If you want it a little more gourmet or substantial, there are plenty of low-carb vegetable and protein ingredients to mix in, as well.

Here are a few ideas for variations. If adding different cheeses, you can reduce or eliminate the original cheddar and/or mozzarella cheeses.

  • Blue cheese with cream cheese and walnuts
  • Feta cheese with spinach, oregano, and zucchini
  • Bacon, swiss cheese, and sliced mushrooms
  • Ham and cheddar cheese
  • Mozzarella and parmesan cheeses with cubed eggplant.

The great thing about this mac and cheese - besides that it is keto and guilt-free - is that you can make it however you love it. You can even bake it in a casserole dish and top it with parmesan cheese and pork panko if the baked version is more comforting to you than the stovetop one.

More Sources of Creaminess

When it comes to mac and cheese, there is no such thing as too creamy. This recipe calls for heavy cream, but you can experiment to discover how to get the perfect amount of creaminess for your palate. Some other ingredients to try if you want to get creamy include Laughing Cow cheese wedges, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and sour cream.


Keto Macaroni Recipe

Ingredients

1 package of Great Low Carb Pasta - Elbows

¼ cup butter

¾ cup heavy cream (or ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons almond milk)

¼ cup water (or ¼ cup almond milk)

1 ½ cups (6 oz.) of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

½ cup (2 oz.) of shredded mozzarella cheese

2 teaspoons of onion powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

Salt, black pepper, and paprika to taste


Directions

  1. Prepare the Low-Carb Elbows, as directed on the package, by boiling the contents of the package for up to 10 minutes. Drain them.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan, then add cream and water (or almond milk) and simmer over medium heat, stirring once or twice. Mix in the cheeses, mustard, and spices, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat.
  3. Add the Low-Carb Elbows to the cheese sauce and stir.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
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