Cauliflower cheese

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins

Easy

Serves 6
Pop this classic side dish in the oven when you take your roast chicken out to rest, so there's no hot shelf juggling

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal250
  • fat15g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre3g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.62g
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Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower (leaves cut off), broken into pieces
    Cauliflower

    Cauliflower

    coll-ee-fl-ow-ah

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

  • 500ml milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 4 tbsp flour
    Flour

    Flour

    fl-ow-er

    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • 50g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g strong cheddar, grated
    Cheddar

    Cheddar

    Ched-ah

    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 2-3 tbsp breadcrumbs, if you have them

Method

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, then add the cauliflower and cook for 5 mins – lift out a piece to test, it should be cooked. Drain the cauliflower, then tip into an ovenproof dish.

  2. Heat oven to 220C/200C/gas 7. Put the saucepan back on the heat and add the milk, flour and butter. Keep whisking fast as the butter melts and the mixture comes to the boil – the flour will disappear and the sauce will begin to thicken. Whisk for 2 mins while the sauce bubbles and becomes nice and thick. Turn off the heat, stir in most of the cheese and pour over the cauliflower. Scatter over the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs.

  3. When the chicken comes out of the oven (see 'Goes well with' recipe), pop in the Cauliflower cheese and bake for 20 mins until bubbling.

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Comments (110)

callymazoo's picture
5

An easy recipe - if I had not rushed and not looked at the easy sauce bit rather than roux. however a failsafe reparation was done using a handheld mixer. It makes a lovely smooth sauce in an instant - this is from a lump expert!

callymazoo's picture
5

I was rushing and forgot to make the sauce as you did and again made a roux which turned lumpy. I have found that if I use the hand held mixer it gets rid of any lumps in an instant. Worth knowing if lumpy sauces has been your forte. This is an easy and lovely recipe.

bridget52's picture

I added a little lemon juice, half teaspoon of mustard to the sauce and a little graing of nutmeg to the breadcrumbs. Gave it a bit more interest. Delicious!

bridget52's picture

I added a little lemon juice, half teaspoon of mustard to the sauce and a little graing of nutmeg to the breadcrumbs. Gave it a bit more interest. Delicious!

sabrina74's picture
4

I agree easiest ever!! I added spring onions and the wholegrain mustard, extra cheese on the top with the fresh breadcrumbs and I just grilled it while I dished up the chicken, just to make it lovely and crisp and golden, my husband loved it,

cdunne's picture
5

Absolutely delicious and very easy to make.

nao2004's picture

Delicious recipe, a favourite of ours. We always make sure we use a good strong cheddar such as Tickler, it makes such a difference!

dwatson27's picture
5

Made this yesterday. Added more mustard and extra cheese. Left it to cool while I went shopping. My husband arrived home while I was out and sent me a text 'food smells wonderful'. I tasted wonderful too. I paid 50p for the cauliflower and had the other ingredients in the house already! I will never buy a ready made cauliflower cheese dish again! So easy to make.

wendy258's picture

This is my go to recipe for cauliflower cheese, a dish my family hated until I tried this one. I've not changed anything but have halved the ingredients for a smaller dish

wendy258's picture

This is my go to recipe for cauliflower cheese, a dish my family hated until I tried this one. I've not changed anything but have halved the ingredients for a smaller dish

owenreed's picture

Made it a few times now, the five minutes boiling time should be reduced if you use smaller florets of broccoli. And add a little more cheese if you are skinny like me!

grahamoggy's picture
5

lovely, nice and easy to make.

lecampbl's picture
5

Add some chopped fried bacon bits and mix in some broccoli for a different twist, delicious

dazzanufc's picture
5

Nice, quick and easy

gemsjams's picture
3

was nice.. not the best iv ever tasted but was super easy to make.. preferred it to of been a bit more creamier :)

ivana2005's picture

Nice and simple!
I steam all the vegetables to avoid wasting nutriens in the water (place them in a colander or strainer over the pot of boilig water and cover tightly).

siobhanpattimore's picture
5

A great staple for any dinner table. I've tried it with multiple cheeses mixed together, and it is absolutely heavenly.

hturner8's picture
5

I forgot the stars!

hturner8's picture
5

great recipe, after comparing to other recipes I added some grated nutmeg and a teaspoon of mustard. maybe a little extra cheese too for personal taste. yum!

Drydoni's picture
5

This was a beautiful cheese sauce!read the reviews and as suggested added pinch of nutmeg whole grain mustard,black pepper and extra cheese! Would be a lovely sauce for macaroni!

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