Cauliflower cheese

Cauliflower cheese

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(92 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


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



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

  • 500ml milk



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

  • 4 tbsp flour



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

  • 50g butter



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

  • 100g strong cheddar, grated
  • 2-3 tbsp breadcrumbs, if you have them

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  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 (106)

sabrina74's picture

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

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

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

lovely, nice and easy to make.

lecampbl's picture

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

dazzanufc's picture

Nice, quick and easy

gemsjams's picture

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

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

hturner8's picture

I forgot the stars!

hturner8's picture

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

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!

wongie3's picture

Absolutely delicious, to be honest I had forgotten how nice cauliflower cheese was it was that long since I had made it. As others have mentioned making the sauce was so simple, I shall always make it this way from now on. I also added quite a bit of English mustard and a little more cheese then recommended and this will now be a regular at our table.

Linnyma's picture

Easy to make cauliflower cheese. I steamed the cauliflower and really seasoned it well. A good strong cheese is essential and the breadcrumbs add that lovely crunch to the topping.

bowen192's picture

Delicious! I agree that more cheese would make it even yummier.


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