Zoodle Mac and Cheese

This time of year is that weird transition between still wanting cold weather comfort food and also craving lighter, more veggie based dishes isn’t it? At least it is for me. I still want my mac and cheese because I am basically a 5 year old in a 37 year old’s body but that 37 year old body wants to be a little healthier and lower carb too. Let me tell you, this zoodle mac and cheese fit the bill perfectly. The cheesy white sauce really hit the spot while the zoodles made me feel less guilty about the cheese sauce, ha!

The base of the white sauce was a basic b├ęchamel with butter and flour whisked into a thick paste, followed by lots of milk and seasoning to make it a lovely sauce. I let it simmer for 15 minutes to really thicken and develop flavor.
Now don’t laugh at me but I really rely on frozen vegetables a lot. Since it is just Marc and myself the fresh veggies so often don’t get used in time. So I love the packages of frozen, already spiralized zoodles. It made the prep so much more quick and easy. All I had to do was pile them into my pot with a little olive oil and salt, cover it and let them cook for 15 minutes while the sauce was cooking.
I drained the zoodles when they were done since there was a lot of water in the pot and left them in the colander while I finished the sauce. There were three of my favorite cheeses in this mac and cheese that to me made it a little more sophisticated. Instead of normal cheddar I used smoked cheddar for extra flavor. I also used Dubliner cheese and parmesan and the three of them together were gorgeous! I whisked them into the sauce before I stirred in the drained zoodles. That was all there was to it!

I had this dinner done in 30 minutes, which I absolutely loved. The zoodles still had some bite to them and that sauce was just pure luscious bliss. It was comfort food that I could feel a little less guilty about and get some extra veggies into the bargain. Hope you all love it too! xoxo

Zoodle Mac and Cheese
Zoodle Mac and Cheese
5 from 2 votes
Zoodle Mac and Cheese
Zoodle Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This is such a creamy, incredible and low carb zoodle mac and cheese with a luscious three cheese white sauce that is comfort food without all of the guilt!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mac and Cheese, Zoodle Mac and Cheese
Servings: 6
Calories: 519 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 pinches salt divided
  • 1 dash olive oil
  • 60 ounces frozen zoodles from 5 bags
  • 7 ounces smoked cheddar cheese freshly grated
  • 7 ounces Dubliner cheese freshly grated
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
Instructions
  1. Get out a large skillet with deep sides and heat the butter in it over medium high heat. When it starts to melt, whisk the flour into it until you have a thick, golden paste. Keep whisking while you slowly pour the milk in until you have a smooth sauce. Season it with the nutmeg and a pinch of the salt. Let it come to a gentle boil, then reduce it to a simmer to cook for 15 minutes. Whisk it occasionally to keep it smooth and prevent the bottom from burning. While the sauce cooks, get out a large stock pot and heat the olive oil in it over medium high heat. Get all of the zoodles into it and season it with the remaining pinch of salt. Put the lid on the pot and let the zoodles cook for 15 minutes, stirring it every so often.

  2. Once the sauce and zoodles are done, it is just time to assemble. Drain the zoodles and set them aside. Take the cheeses and whisk them into the sauce until it is smooth. Then stir the zoodles in and toss it all together thoroughly. Serve it immediately and enjoy! It also makes really good leftovers. 

Nutrition Facts
Zoodle Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 519 Calories from Fat 340
% Daily Value*
Fat 37.8g58%
Saturated Fat 23.5g147%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 730mg32%
Potassium 820mg23%
Carbohydrates 22.6g8%
Fiber 3.4g14%
Sugar 10.7g12%
Protein 25.9g52%
Calcium 540mg54%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This is such a creamy, incredible and low carb zoodle mac and cheese with a luscious three cheese white sauce that is comfort food without all of the guilt! #zoodles #vegetarian #macandcheese #cheese #zoodlemacandcheese #jeanieandluluskitchen
Zoodle Mac and Cheese

12 thoughts on “Zoodle Mac and Cheese”

  1. Yummy! I have some zoodles in my freezer and was trying to figure out what to do with them. This looks like a win for my family!

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