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)

dougnewman's picture
4

Tasted delicious, will use a bit less flour next time & might add some English Mustard like some other people have suggested.

unclechuck's picture
1

First time trying to make cheese/white sauce and (although i'm sure if you've had experience it is easy) the description is not detailed enough for a novice like myself. Simply chucking it all in and stirring isn't all you need to know. Needless to say it didn't work and I used another recipe doing it the longer way, melting the butter first and adding the milk slowly, and it worked just fine.

southwoldecjc's picture
4

Good but better with the addition of mustard seeds to give a bit of crunch and punch

jemtacko's picture
5

Made this tonight for the first time for me and my children and it was delicious!! Kids loved it and will definitely be making this again!! So easy to make too!!

just1nj1840's picture
4

Needs a bit more cheese, but aside from that a good recipe.

richard007's picture

How about a Blackberry 9900 app?

rosieadams30's picture
5

Best cauliflower cheese recipe ever! Went down a storm.

joannablane's picture
5

Fantastic - at last a cheese sauce I can make which doesn't split! I added extra cheese and even my 3 year old loves it!!

joannablane's picture
5

Fantastic - at last a cheese sauce I can make which doesn't split! I added extra cheese and even my 3 year old loves it!!

riddler's picture
5

Like busyworkingmummy i used half broccoli & half cauli too and sprinkled with paprika. Went down a storm with my dad and even my daughter who claims to 'hate' cauli loved it. Will be doing this on a regular basis

jackieperry's picture
4

Quick, easy and very tasty - will be making again

elleks's picture

When I was on a low-carb diet, I made cheese sauce by simply melting grated cheese into cream. Extravagant but delicious!

soccermom's picture
5

Embarassed to see this is the first time I have made cauliflower cheese and it was so easy and lovely, much better than shop bought.

I did add a little nutmeg and extra cheese and before putting in the oven I spinkled it with a little paprika.

It went down a treat with everyone. This recipe is a keeper.

marthamydear's picture
5

This was very rich and delicious. I used a "Medium" Cheddar and should've used a more strong, mature cheese. Mmm...very tasty, will make again and again! Thanks so much for posting! :)

jo2729's picture
5

Just made this as an introduction to me learning to actually cook instead of prepare ready made food. Thought it was really simple, and turned out lovely! I did add a little more cheese, but was really happy with how it turned out. My 4 year old helped me eat it, my 2 year old...not so keen...lol!

Will definately make again, and use half brocolli and half cauliflower to see if my little one will eat it next time. Would recommend to even the most novice of cooks!

ClaireC by the Sea's picture
5

I love cauliflower cheese though I'm always put off making it from scratch due to the roux method which I've still not mastered! This is so simple....why is there a roux method at all!!! Fantastic results and with a little tweaking to your own taste (for me, english mustard and strong cheese) it's easy, peasy, lemon squeazy!

pattinghamkate's picture
5

Delicious and easy to make - a decent strong cheddar is the key. Fantastic with rib of beef.

satutatu's picture
5

Absolutely delicious!!! Added extra cheese and a tbsp of wholegrain mustard as well as a cheeky veg stock cube and it was simply heavenly. And this is coming from someone who has despised cauliflour for decades!

aimeep's picture

Finally a foolproof cauliflower cheese! Turned out brilliantly & was devoured by just 2 of us as a side to gammon steaks! -I followed the suggestions in the comments section & used 140g grated cheddar, a teaspoon of English mustard & some grated nutmeg. Can't wait to make it again!

rosiehunnam's picture
4

This is the easiest cauliflower cheese ever, and is so much tastier than those packets you get in the supermarket!

I also added a bit more cheese as was using a cheap, mild Cheddar and I wanted it a bit cheesier. Could have eaten the entire pot all to myself, but, sadly had to share with the guests!

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