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A simple keto mac and cheese with pulled pork is sure to be a winning dinner. And, it’s a quick recipe that repurposes leftovers from a previous meal. I was looking for a way to use up some leftover low carb pulled pork. So, I combined it with some cauliflower and my creamy cheese sauce to create a new dish. Although I thought about creating a new low carb casserole recipe, I chose to keep the oven off. Instead, I heated everything in a skillet on the stove.
What I came up with is an easy keto mac and cheese that adds in pulled pork to make a filling meal. Of course, there really isn’t any macaroni in the mix. I just haven’t had much luck with the low carb macaroni products. Many are high fiber so there’s a lot of total carbs. The best macaroni like product I’ve tried is made by ThinSlim Foods. I use it in my low carb macaroni and cheese recipe.
My favorite keto friendly pasta is shiratake noodles. But, a lot of people don’t like the texture of them. However, I think they make a fantastic keto friendly macaroni and cheese. If you can’t find any low carb noodles, the next best thing is to use cauliflower. And, I’ve got a low carb cauliflower and cheese that whips up in minutes.
However, this time I stepped it up a few notches by making a keto mac and cheese with pulled pork. The added meat really makes it a filling meal. The pork really ups the flavor of the dish. A lot of people add bacon. Ham works well too.
To be honest, you can add any kind of meat you like. Here’s in Southern New England, lobster mac and cheese is very popular. Feel free to change things up depending on the leftover meat that you have on hand. I just happened to have a ton of pulled pork. And don’t shy away from this keto mac and cheese because you don’t care for cauliflower. The cheese and pork make it super yummy.
Plus, there are so many cauliflower health benefits. It’s anti-inflammatory and high in nutrients. Not to mention that it’s one of the most popular low carb vegetables around. And, so versatile!
When I first started on a ketogenic diet, you had to make your own cauliflower rice and cauliflower pizza crust. These days, you can find cauliflower rice fresh and frozen. And, I’ve started to see frozen cauliflower crust pizza! I haven’t seen any pre-made cauliflower mac and cheese sold yet. But, I’m sure it will be coming soon if not in stores already.
Do you have a favorite low carb “macaroni” and cheese recipe? If so, which one do you prefer?