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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese : Low Carb and Gluten Free

Low Carb Cauliflower Mac & Cheese with mascarpone, lemon and asparagus

If you are looking for a great low carb alternative to the classic macaroni and cheese recipe then why not give this a try ...

"This low-carb, gluten-free recipe swaps out pasta for cauliflower florets. Combined with mascarpone cheese, asparagus and zesty lemon, it's a dreamy spring dish.

Serves 6

1/2 pound asparagus, washed and trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 medium head-cauliflower, cut into florets
8 ounces mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons heavy/double cream
1 tablespoon arrowroot starch, or cornstarch


1.Heat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread asparagus out in single layer; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast 10 minutes, until tender and bright green. Remove and cut each stalk into thirds. Reduce oven heat to 350°F.

2. Place cauliflower in large saucepan and add 1 inch water to bottom of pan. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower can be pierced easily with fork but isn't mushy, about 5 to 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly using colander.

3. Return empty pan to low heat and add mascarpone, lemon juice and lemon zest, stirring until melted and smooth. Season with salt and pepper (about 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper). In small bowl, combine cream and arrowroot or cornstarch, whisking to combine. Stir into mascarpone mixture and whisk over low heat until thickened, about 1 minute.

4. Add cauliflower and asparagus to pan and toss to combine. Spread mixture into medium casserole dish and bake 10 to 15 minutes, until bubbling and lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving."

Thanks to Carolyn for sharing a great recipe idea

All the best Jan


Anonymous said...

Jan, thank you putting up this alternative idea. It looks delicious.
From Cindy Lee x

tess said...

we're going to try this as the side dish to my Mothers' Day feast of broiled lobster tail. :-D hope you've had a lovely weekend!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Cindy Lee, and many thanks for your comment. This is a delicious recipe - do please give it a try I'm sure you will enjoy it.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Tess, hope you've had a lovely Mothers Day. For those who don't know ... it's Mothers Day Sunday in the US and some other countries today ... unlike the UK who celebrated a while ago.Do hope you've had a brilliant Mothers Day your 'feast' sounds great.

We've enjoyed some Spring sunshine today - a lovely day.

All the best Jan