Cheat's cauli-macaroni cheese

Cheat's cauli-macaroni cheese

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Easy

Serves 4
New idea for a family favourite

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal636
  • fat33g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein25g
  • salt0.98g
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Ingredients

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

    Cauliflower

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

  • 200ml carton crème fraîche
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 175g Red Leicester cheese, grated
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into rough wedges

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

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

Method

  1. Cook the pasta: Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Toss in the pasta and bring back to the boil, then cook for a couple of minutes. Tip in the cauliflower and cook for a further 8-10 minutes until both are tender.

  2. Make the sauce: Drain the pasta and cauliflower well. Put the crème fraîche, mustard and most of the cheese (keeping back a good handful) into the pasta pan. Stir and warm through over a low heat just until the cheese starts to melt.

  3. Finish the dish: Preheat the grill to hot. Tip the pasta and cauliflower into the cheese sauce and gently stir together. Season to taste. Transfer to a flameproof dish, scatter the tomatoes over the top, then the rest of the cheese and a sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper. Grill for about 5 minutes until brown and bubbling.

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Comments (1)

frannylou's picture
5

I was looking for a pasta dish to serve with some pork schnitzels and came across this. What a perfect side dish this was. Perfect for pork!! The cauli, mustard, cheese etc is a match made in heaven. Simple to make...I didn't put the tomatoes on the top...only because I didn't have any. Delicious. Will make again.

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