6/7/21

Keto - Low Carb - Easy "Mac & Cheese" like the blue box (keto macaroni and cheese)

  

Although I'm a fan of truly 'homemade macaroni and cheese', I have had a craving for the Kraft version ever since I made it for a little family member about 2 months ago and licked the stirring spoon before I put it in the sink.  Even though I may not have bought or eaten Kraft macaroni and cheese or Easy Mac myself for years, that bite of a few random noodles and the cheesy sauce started a craving that just didn't go away.

At the same time I've been thinking about how good the 'blue box' mac and cheese would taste (which I won't give into because we don't eat that many carbs so 'real' macaroni pasta is something we just don't have in the house), I also am building up our short term emergency storage pantry and making some "jar meals" and "just add water" meals.   

For this reason, I had placed an order for some dry powder items to use in my meals.  To add another little 'good timing' quirk to the mix, I also just placed an order at Netrition (our regular low carb online grocery provider) and in it were 6 packages of our favorite  Great Low Carb Bread Company Low Carb Pastas.  What this means is that I had all the ingredients on hand to put together my own version of a keto - low carb version of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.   

Even better yet, I had the option of making an 'Easy Mac' version because I had ordered two containers of their brand new Easy Daddy Mac cheese powders as well as my regular cheddar cheese powder.

I mixed up a big batch this weekend and... oh my!  Who would have thought a simple macaroni and cheese could make me so happy?  It wasn't 'exact' but it close enough to the real thing that it's the perfect addition to our 'craving' foods we can now give into without guilt.

Three (3) Options

FIRST VERSION:  If you wish you can make it by adding the 4 main ingredients yourself;

Cheddar Cheese Powder
Butter powder
Whole milk powder
and low carb pasta

SECOND VERSION:  Another option using cheese powder that is made to taste similar to the blue box, they call Big Daddy Mac Mix

You add your own milk and butter to this and your keto pasta just like you would the 'box' mix.

THIRD VERSION: The one I opted for this weekend.  

Their Easy Daddy Mac Mix   already has the butter powder and milk powder in it. You only add water!  


To make the Easy Mac version below I used one package of Great Low Carb Elbow Macaroni and the Easy Daddy Mac Mix.  I boiled the macaroni according to package directions but as with the Kraft Easy Mac version, I left the water I used to boil the pasta, in the pan. To the pasta and the water in the pan already, I added 1 cup of Easy Daddy Mac mix, and on a whim, I added 1/4 cup of the cheddar cheese powder as well to make it just a little more cheesier.


Stirring in the cheese powder mix...


 
The macaroni isn't the same shape as the Kraft box (which you can actually buy pasta that shape, but not in the keto or low carb versions).  But the cheese sauce, the smell and the flavor were on target.
  


 

This is a photo I snapped on my phone literally right before I took the bite you see here.


  

 

For information and links:

So far, the best truly low carb pasta we like to use is from Great Low Carb Bread Company.  We've been ordering it since they first came out with it (we were already customers of their bagels and breads).  I normally order from Netrition because I've ordered low carb products from them for about 9 years now and trust them; but I've also ordered the pasta from Amazon as well if I was already placing an order with them anyway. 

Low Carb Pasta, Keto Pasta, Great Low Carb Bread Company ,7g Net Carbs, 12g of Protein, Non GMO, (Elbow, 3 Pack)

 

This is the cheddar cheese powder that is simply cheddar cheese.  You can use this but you need to add your own butter and milk.

 

Cheddar Cheese Powder by Hoosier Hill Farm, 1 lb

 

 

The Big Daddy Mac mix but without any color added.

Hoosier Hill Farm Big Daddy Mac mix, No Color Added, 1 lb, 1 lb

 

The Big Daddy Mac mix in orange, just like the box version;  you have to add your own milk and butter.

Hoosier Hill Farm Big Daddy Mac Mix, 1 Pound

 

 

The company just recently came out with this product - an 'Easy' mac version with the butter and milk powder already in the mix.  Speaking with a representative from their company on social media this weekend, they said it's a brand new product they are offering and they are trying it first on Amazon to see how well it does. 

Hoosier Hill Farm EASY Daddy Mac Mix, JUST ADD WATER, Contains Real Butter and Milk, No Artificial Colors, Gluten Free, Made in the USA (1 lb)

 

If you decide to mix the cheese powder, milk powder and butter powder in separately, these are also offered in nice small containers (1 lb.) so you aren't left with huge #10 cans left open to use up.

 

Hoosier Hill Farm All American Dairy Whole Milk Powder 1 lb

 

Hoosier Hill Farm Real Butter powder, 1 lb 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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