KETO THREE CHEESE CAULIFLOWER MAC AND CHEESE CUPS

These Keto Three Cheese Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Cups are an easy way to control portions while enjoying a delicious, low carb pasta substitute.


Cauliflower is not Macaroni. I know. I get it. It’s a popular healthy substitute, but I’m not going to pretend that it tastes the same.


The ingredients are simple, savory, and sooo delicious. I assembled this recipe in a jumbo muffin tin (if you don’t have one, I’d highly recommend it) and lined each cup with __ strips of prosciutto before adding the cauliflower.

The saltiness from the prosciutto/bacon will definitely help balance the cheesiness of the cauliflower. After this comes out of the oven!

KETO THREE CHEESE CAULIFLOWER MAC AND CHEESE CUPS RECIPE
These Keto Three Cheese Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Cups are an easy way to control portions while enjoying a delicious, low carb pasta substitute.



Ingredients

  • 1 medium head fresh cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning of choice
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum*
  • 1 cup spinach, sliced into strips
  • 3/4 cup white cheddar, shredded
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 12 slices prosciutto**
  • 6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add a couple cups of water to a large pot, place steamer basket into pot above water, and bring to boil. While the water is heating, prepare cauliflower.
  3. Remove core and leaves from cauliflower. Chop into bite-size pieces. When water is boiling, carefully add cauliflower to steamer basket. Cover and let steam for 5-7 minutes or until fork tender.
  4. Prepare sauce while cauliflower is steaming. When finished, turn off heat and set aside until ready to add to sauce.
  5. Sauce
  6. In skillet over medium-low heat melt butter. Add onion and cook for 2-4 minutes until onion is tender and becoming translucent.
  7. Add garlic and softened cream cheese. Softened cream cheese will be easier to smooth into sauce. Using wooden spoon or rubber spatula, press cream cheese flat into pan to help smooth as it warms and gently stir.
  8. Pour in heavy whipping cream, seasoning, and xanthan gum. Stir ingredients until smooth, raising temperature slightly if needed to get sauce fully mixed.
  9. Add spinach, white cheddar, mozzarella to sauce and turn off heat. Continue stirring for a few minutes, until spinach begins to wilt and cheeses are fully melted and smooth.
  10. Add steamed cauliflower to pan and fold into cheese sauce. I did not remove any moisture from mine. (See notes section)
  11. Using large muffin tin (1 cup capacity) place two slices of prosciutto in X to cover the bottom of the tin and stretch up around the sides as much as possible. It may rip a little, that’s ok. Just be sure the bottom is covered.
  12. Place 1/2 cup of cheesy cauliflower mixture into prosciutto cups and top with 1 tablespoon of Parmesan.
  13. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly and brown. Serve warm.

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