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Cauliflower Mac & Cheese with English Cheddar and Bacon

By Jason Fung, MD

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese with English Cheddar and Bacon

Creamy organic English cheddar and crispy bacon come together in a delicious low carb faux mac and cheese dish. Who needs noodles when you’ve got cauliflower? Recipe from All Day I Dream About Food
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dinners + Mains
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 352 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 6 slices bacon chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 5 oz cheddar (good English Cheddar) grated
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup green onion sliced

Instructions
 

  • Cut cauliflower into florets and place into a large pot with about 1 inch of water in the bottom. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and steam until it can be pierced with a fork but isn't mushy, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Drain well, then return to the warm pot for a few minutes to draw out more moisture. Drain again.
  • Meanwhile, add bacon to the pot and cook over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Remove all but 2 tbsp of bacon grease from the pot and return to heat.
  • Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds, then add whipping cream and bring to just a simmer. Add the cheddar and stir until melted.
  • Remove from heat and quickly whisk in xanthan gum to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Using your fingers, shred cauliflower into small macaroni-sized pieces and place in the bottom of a casserole dish or a cast iron skillet. Sprinkle with bacon. Pour cheese sauce evenly over the cauliflower and top with additional grated cheese, if desired.
  • Bake until bubbly and browned on top, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Mac & Cheese with English Cheddar and Bacon
Amount per Serving
Calories
352
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
32
g
49
%
Saturated Fat
 
17
g
106
%
Cholesterol
 
94
mg
31
%
Sodium
 
441
mg
19
%
Potassium
 
395
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
7
g
2
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
11
g
22
%
Vitamin A
 
861
IU
17
%
Vitamin C
 
48
mg
58
%
Calcium
 
222
mg
22
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword American, Dinners + Mains
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Jason Fung, MD

By Jason Fung, MD

Jason Fung, M.D., is a Toronto-based nephrologist (kidney specialist) and a world leading expert in intermittent fasting and low-carb diets.

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