Mustardy Mac ’n’ Cheese

Atkins Diet approved Mustardy Mac ’n’ Cheese.
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep: 30 minutes
  • Cook: 15 minutes

A low-carb twist on a classic family favorite


4ounces Atkins Cuisine Penne Pasta
1medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
3/4 cup plain unsweetened soy milk
1/4cup heavy cream
2large eggs
1/2teaspoon salt
1/4teaspoon cayenne
12ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded (3 cups)


1. Prepare penne according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, steam cauliflower in a steamer basket set in a large covered saucepan over boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

3. Whisk soy milk, cream, eggs, salt, and cayenne in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan; stir in cheese and mustard. Set over medium heat. Add pasta, cauliflower, and butter; cook, stirring constantly, until sauce becomes smooth and thick, about 5 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, heat broiler and arrange oven rack in the middle of the oven.

5. Transfer the pasta mix from the saucepan to an 8-inch-square or 9-inch-round ovenproof casserole dish. Broil for 2–3 minutes, just until a crust develops. Serve right away.

Take our simple, basic recipe and dress it up as much or as little as you please. To shave 5 minutes off the time—or if you simply prefer a creamy dish—omit Steps 4 and 5 and serve directly from the saucepan. Feel free to add more mustard if you like.

From The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook by Colette Heimowitz.  Copyright (c) 2011 by Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.  Printed by permission of Touchstone Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 600
  • Fat 43 g
  • Carbohydrate 32 g
  • Protein 31 g