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Who doesn't enJOY a bowl of macaroni and cheese now and then? Yummo!
We've always liked eating macaroni and cheese, although I admit that my husband and children have preferred the boxed version instead of the homemade.
What is wrong with them? (I really prefer the homemade version!)
We make sure we only plan one meal per week to include pasta...and that's not easy for us because we could easily have pasta several evenings a week. But - we don't.
Here's our delicious, "30 minutes to the table" recipe for Low-Carb Macaroni and Cheese - that's even okay for the grownups!
Low-Carb Mac 'n Cheese for Grownups
(S meal for those following the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle eating plan)
Low-Carb Mac 'n Cheese for Grownups (S)
Bring 2 quarts water to boil in a large pot for the macaroni. Stir in 1-1/2 tsp. salt and the macaroni and cook according to package directions (cook no longer than package directs).
Meanwhile, mix together the eggs, 3 oz. of the cream, the mustard mixture, Tabasco (or hot sauce), 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Whisk well.
Drain the cooked pasta and return it to the pot. Set the pot over low heat and stir in the butter until melted.
Stir in the egg mixture and half of the cheddar cheese. Continue to cook over low heat, gradually stirring in the remaining cream, water, and cheddar cheese, until the mixture is hot and creamy, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Yummo. For realz. We use Dreamfields successfully without any weight fluctuations at all. It's nice to have an option for pasta here and there. This looks great! I bake my Mac and Cheese, but this looks faster!
Thanks for linking at Trim Healthy Tuesday. :-) I'm always excited to see what you post.
One serving of dry pasta is 1/2 cup, providing 6.5 dry servings in a box of Dreamfields macaroni pasta noodles. I don't have an exact amount measured out of the cooked pasta, but an entire box cooked would definitely be more than 3 cups of pasta. I'm thinking that one serving size would be around 1.5 to 2 cups of cooked pasta. Pearl (co-author of Trim Healthy Mama) has said that 1/5th of the finished product is a serving size; I've found that this is actually a lot of pasta! So I generally have less than 1/5th of the cooked pasta Hope that gives you a general idea.
Thanks! I was wondering if the 1/5 held true for all different types of noodles. This makes me happy. I had a pretty small portion since I wasn't sure. It was so yummy! I think this is the creamiest mac n cheese I've made to date.
I figured with the 1/5 of box is 2.5 ounces uncooked
This looks so nummy, Julianne! Would it work to melt all the cheese together with the cream, water n seasonings like you would a bechamel sauce, then add it all together with the cooked pasta n stir it in? I don't want my noodles getting squishy... Mushy noodles = Blech! Lol!
Lisa, feel free to do the sauce in the way that you suggested, if you'd like. I would like to add that when the Dreamfields pasta is cooked correctly according to the package, it won't get mushy when added with the sauce...at least from my experiences with it so far. We love it! :)
Hello Julieanne! I'd love to try this but I'm allergic to eggs would you have advice on using a different sub for eggs (chia, flax, etc but no applesauce LOL) also what if you throw some canned tuna in?
Sarah, feel free to try chia or flax instead of the eggs. You will definitely want to add something for added protein since you won't be using the eggs. You could definitely add in the canned tuna, or chili-seasoned cooked ground hamburger, or plain hamburger, or whatever you would like!
Wouldn't this be a cross over since you have the carbs from the noodles and fat form the cheese, egg, cream, and butter?
This looks absolutely delicious. I miss pasta. Can't wait to try this! Thank you so much
How is it that dreamfields only has 5 digestible carbs? You take the carbs,, 37.4 and subtract the fiber... 4.2 to get the net carbs of 33.2? Am I missing something here? What else are you subtracting to come up with 5 digestible carbs? I was thinking of making this, but maybe adding in some cauliflower to stretch out a smaller amount of pasta...
Karen, the original Dreamfields packaging explained how the fiber, inulin, is added to bulk up the pasta. If cooked and served right away, without a lot of extra stirring or any reheating, the carb count actually was down to 5 grams per serving (1/5th of the package). This made it super friendly for diabetics and those who needed to lose weight. Apparently, Dreamfields was sued for misleading customers in this way, because some people - especially if they didn't follow the cooking/serving directions exactly - would find that their blood sugar levels would rise, just like normal pasta, or would rise to some extent. Nothing has changed with the product, just that their website and their packaging doesn't mention this being a low-carb product anymore. However, if you eat a low carb meal made with Dreamfields pasta, and your blood sugar doesn't rise from the meal, then it would still work well for you as a low carb option. :) For others, who are still finding it hard to lose weight on Trim Healthy Mama or other similar eating plans, they would probably do well to avoid all forms of pasta, Dreamfields included. Buying a vegetable spiralizer might be a better option, although it doesn't make macaroni shapes. :(
Hi! We are big believers in Dreamfields pasta! Our local market finally started carrying the elbows, so I'm excited to try your recipe. Somehow mac & cheese is better when the pasta is elbow-shaped. :) What are you using for cream...half and half, heavy cream, heavy whipping cream, other?
Thanks so much!
Hi, GG, I'm using straight cream wherever it says "cream" in my recipe. You can either use regular cream or heavy whipping cream. That's up to you! Either way, it's going to be diluted by water to cut its richness in the recipe. It's still quite rich and delicious, though! :)
Thais is not low carb!
New to THM here . . . could you bake this? Maybe keep a little of the cheese for melting on top while baking?
I very much appreciate it. Thank you for this excellent article. Keep posting!
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