Cheesy zuchinni spiralized into zoodles and covered in a rich and creamy cheese sauce for the perfect low carb/keto/THM S side dish.
Craving comfort foods can be enough to derail your low carb diet efforts. And I decided to do something about that! By the end of this you are probably going to have a new favorite side dish!
One of the benefits of eating low carb is that you can have a delicious steak. But I can’t live on beef alone (my hubby thinks I’m weird). I want a tasty side or two to go along with my big steak.
This low carb and keto friendly Mac and Cheese Zoodles recipe will complete your meal without any of those added carbs you would get from tradiational macaroni!
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Low Carb Mac and Cheese Zoodles
I seriously think we ate this low carb vegetable side every week for several months.
It makes the perfect side dish for two (which is great for us because the kids happily eat regular pasta). You can also easily double it up if you are feeding a bigger crowd.
These Mac and Cheese Zoodles are so quick and easy to put together and require just a couple of simple ingredients.
If you have been living a low carb or Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle very long at all, you will probably have what you need to make this delicious side dish recipe on hand.
You just need these keto staples:
2 Tbsp Heavy Cream
2/3 Cup Shredded Cheese
1 Tbsp Butter
1/2 Cup Water
1 tsp salt
Preparing the Mac and Cheese Zoodles
First spiralize your zucchini. I use this inexpensive spiralizer. You could also chop or grate the zucchini. I have tried grating it before and prefer the zoodles just from a consistency standpoint.
Salt the noodles and cover with the water. You can also sub chicken broth here for some additional flavor.
Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until almost all of the water/broth reduces and is gone.
Note: this method will result in soft Zoodles. If you prefer a “bite” to your veggie, sauté the Zoodles for 1-2 minutes in about a tablespoon of olive oil and omit the water completely. This is now how I usually prepare this dish.
Reduce heat to medium/low. Add butter, cream and cheese.
Stir gently until the butter and cheese are melted.
Add salt and pepper to taste. I sometimes add a shake of Cavendar’s seasoning. If you are following Trim Healthy Mama, this seasoning blend is not on plan but I’m not a purist and I love it so… sometimes I add it. It is just as good with just simple salt and pepper though!
I hope you love this Mac and Cheese Zoodles recipe as much as we do! This side dish goes great with a steak or my secret ingredient keto baked pork chops.
This recipe was adapted from Simply Delish Eats Cheesy Zucchini and made to fit the Keto, Low Carb and Trim Healthy Mama S diets.