Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Nostalgia drove me to make a keto pasta!
If you were an Indian kid growing up in the 80s, you ate the usual – dal, rice, roti, sabzi. Not me, though. As a card-carrying member of the Sindhi diaspora displaced during the Partition of India, my family’s childhood menu was eclectic, to say the least. Ham sandwiches, tuna salad, roast chicken and macaroni and cheese were my staples, alongside a mix of Indian cuisine. We called mac and cheese ‘Cheese Macaroni’ and obviously it was one of our favourites growing up, because which kid doesn’t love cheese? So reinventing it by making a keto cauliflower cheese brought back all those memories I had of eating the dish when I was growing up. The key spice in this recipe is freshly ground nutmeg. Nostalgia alert!
Making a Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Like in most keto recipes, it’s cauliflower to the rescue. Be it as a substitute pizza base or, in this case, the macaroni, cauliflower provides the perfect vehicle for the cheesy goodness of that sauce. Originally, for a mac and cheese, you’d use a béchamel sauce, with a flour roux. But, in this case it’s just butter, cream, cheese and spices all melded together. It’s pretty simple – just pour it over the cauliflower, add your choice of meats or veggies, add more cheese and then in it goes in the oven to bake.
This cauliflower bake is a blank canvas for you to paint on, because you can throw in a variety of veggies, ranging from mushrooms to broccoli. Likewise, with the meats, replace the ham with bacon, shredded chicken, pulled pork, breakfast sausage or any meat treat you like.
Growing up, what did your mother add in her mac and cheese? Let me know in the comments below.
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Cheers & Keep Cooking!
Servings Prep Time
4 People 10 Minutes
500 Grams Cauliflower
100 Grams Ham (Chopped)
1 Small Onion
1/2 Tsp Red Chilli Flakes
300 Ml Heavy Cream
150 Grams Cheddar Cheese
50 Grams Salted Butter
1 Tsp Garlic Butter
1/2 Chicken Stock Cube
25 Grams Pine Nuts
1 Tsp Fresh Thyme
1/2 Tsp Nutmeg grated
1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
Chop and sweat the onions in a pan with the garlic butter.
Add in the chopped ham and chilly flakes.
Sauté for a few minutes and set aside.
Cut the cauliflower florets off the stalks, season with salt and microwave for 5 minutes.
Melt 50 grams of butter in a saucepan and add in the garlic powder, cayenne, pepper, nutmeg, fresh thyme and stock cube
Once the butter has melted and everything is well mixed in, add the cream and mix vigorously together.
Add in 100 grams of your favourite cheese and cook till fully melted into the sauce.
Finish the sauce with fresh pepper.
Mix together the cauliflower, ham and onions and cheese sauce in a bowl.
Put the mixture into casserole and top with crushed pine nuts and the remaining cheese.
Bake for 10-12 minutes in the oven at 200C (390F) and then broil for 2 minutes