When I first transitioned to Keto, the one thing I missed the most at first was pasta. The one thing my kids still ask for on a regular basis, especially my oldest daughter, is....pasta. Now if a mom in her mid-30s was having a hard time giving up pasta when going keto, what could I expect from my then 6-year-old daughter?
I tried everything to substitute for pasta--black bean pasta (which was beans I know, but it only had 8g of Carbs per serving and for my low carb kiddos, that was good enough for me), zucchini noodles, and shirataki noodles (we've tried every single brand and the best is my opinion is Well Lean). I even made my own gnocchi pasta recipe (which satisfied a pasta fix, but was not the same as elbow macaroni). Everything worked out OK, but just never compared to the real deal. I get it, pasta is chewy and has a certain bite to it that until now, no real keto product could rival.
Enter the Great Low Carb Bread Co.! They carry an AMAZING line of low carb and gluten-free pastas and breads for purchase. The reason we love GLCBC is because they focus on using the highest quality ingredients such as almond flour, flax meal, oat fiber and olive oil. The net carbs are decent (this particular recipe net carbs is 7g net carbs per serving), so if you are careful with your carb intake for the rest of your day, then this can be a nice treat here and there.
If you ever need keto comfort food, this is it. My 4-cheese version is such an easy recipe and delivers all the right fats for a great keto meal or side dish. If you are going to have pasta, you MUST get it from Great Low Carb Bread Co. It will change your keto life LOL —> Click on my link to shop their products!
16 oz low carb elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)
1 cup heavy whipping cream, room temperature
1 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 cup white cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup sour cream
1 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated and divided
4 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1/8 cup crushed pork rinds (for garnish—optional)
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Hi! I'm Arlene – wife, mother of 3, entrepreneur and keto foodie. I love to make, share and try different, delicious keto food recipes that are easy to make and most-importantly kid-friendly. Life is hard as it is, feeding our families should be easy, fun and nutritious.