Cauli-macaroni cheese

Cauli-macaroni cheese

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(37 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins


Serves 4
What do you get if you cross cauliflower cheese with macaroni cheese? Comfort food heaven

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  • 300g rigatoni, penne or macaroni
  • 1 small cauliflower, separated into florets



    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 200ml crème fraîche
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 175g Red Leicester, grated
  • 2 tomato, cut into wedges



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the pasta, stir well, bring back to the boil and then cook, uncovered, for a couple of minutes. Tip in the cauliflower florets, bring back to the boil again and cook for a further 8-10 minutes until both the pasta and the cauliflower are tender but still firm to the bite. Drain well. Preheat a hot grill.

  2. Add the crème fraîche, mustard and all but a good handful of the cheese to the pasta pan. Stir over a low heat until the cheese just starts to melt. Tip the pasta and cauliflower into the cheese sauce and gently stir together. Season and transfer to a flameproof dish.

  3. Scatter the tomatoes over the top followed by the rest of the cheese and some pepper. Grill for about 5 minutes until browned and bubbling.

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Comments (38)

jessicarichardson's picture

Easy, tasty, and done in under half an hour, so I think I will make this a regular in our household. I tweaked the recipe a little bit. I used brown macaroni, half a head of broccoli and half a head of cauliflower. For the topping I sliced the tomatoes, and added some breadcrumbs from the freezer to the cheese before sprinkling it over the tomatoes. I think adding the breadcrumbs to the topping added a nice different texture. We liked the mustardy creme fraiche too.

I think you could easily add sweetcorn, peas and peppers if you wanted to add extra veg.

africanqueen's picture

Delicious, and so easy. Not too much washing up to do either :-)

leleni's picture

I added chopped, cooked bacon and peas. Apart from the fact that it created a lot of washing up, it was a big hit. My normally veggiephobic daughter wolfed it down and my son asked to have the same again for his next meal. Both rated it 10. If I don't make this again soon, I fear I will be called to account

ail4978's picture

Love this dish. Simple but tastey. Used half cauli and half broccoli. Will make again. Used leftovers next day tasted even better.

shazza79's picture

found this dish a bit dry and found the mustard overwhelming, wouldnt make it again.

shazza79's picture

found this dish a bit dry and found the mustard overwhelming, wouldnt make it again.

hippychick4eva's picture

Woops, I forgot to rate too....

hippychick4eva's picture

I cooked this for me and my housemates, it went down a treat. I used the same amount of cheese, pasta and creme fresh, but I changed the method and seasoning a little. After cooking the macaroni I poured it out into a drainer and left it there a moment, meanwhile I put the creme fresh into the pasta pan and seasoned it to my taste, using salt, pepper, freshly grated nutmeg and a bit of mustard powder, I then put most of the cheese into the pan as well and let it all melt in on a low heat, I then mixed the pasta in and transferred it into the oven dish. I then sprinkled with the rest of the cheese and some breadcrumbs I had in the freezer and put it under the grill until bubbling - yummy! Served it with some peas.

Really easy, really delicious - just what you want from a recipe.

jilly24's picture

I make this all the time and absolutely love it. I usually use more mustard and tomatoes and use half cauli and half broccoli - delicious!

home2corby's picture

sorry forgot to rate (duh) 5*

home2corby's picture

yum ~ would make this again ~ I added some crispy streaky bacon to the sauce ~ my children loved it :)

rhianthomas1984's picture

This was really lovely (even though i completely forgot to add the tomatoes). I used cheddar cheese and half fat creme fraiche to keep the calories even lower and in my opinion, it tastes just as good as the full fat variety. Next time i'm going to make it with broccoli instead of cauli as my husband also agrees it would work really well.

toritori's picture

bland & dry and i used less pasta then stated!!1

morgan123's picture

really easy dish to make. I made more cheese sauce than stated i will make again and again.

morgan123's picture

I used more seasoning and stronger cheese for this recipe. My daughter who hates macaroni cheese loved it ! takes no time to make and easy on the washing up.

elleme's picture

This is simple to make and quite comforting. Because I'm watching my weight I used slightly less pasta, half fat creme fraiche and Leerdammer Lightlife cheese. The cheese made the texture go a little stringy, so next time I will probably use something else like a half fat cheddar to see if it makes any difference. Taste-wise I really enjoyed it anyway.

hannasus's picture

This is excellent - it's a quick cheat's way of making macaroni cheese and I think it ends up tasting very similar to the proper white sauce version, but with half the effort. Will definitely be making it again.

sharangoose's picture

I put extra mustard in but still found this dish very bland.

traceysmall's picture

Love this recipe, easy to make and taste's delicious!

mayjane's picture

I also agree with previous comments that this recipe is too dry - it was tasty but next time I'll make more sauce


Questions (1)

las27sie's picture

Why no nutritional information? With the creme fraiche and cheese, would like to compare this with other pasta recipes.

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