Cauliflower cheese

Cauliflower cheese

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(97 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



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

  • 2-3 tbsp breadcrumbs, if you have them


  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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10th Jun, 2013
Lovely recipe and very easy to make. I strong cheese is needed for a good flavour.
28th May, 2013
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!
28th May, 2013
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.
16th May, 2013
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!
16th May, 2013
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!
14th May, 2013
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,
27th Apr, 2013
Absolutely delicious and very easy to make.
5th Apr, 2013
Delicious recipe, a favourite of ours. We always make sure we use a good strong cheddar such as Tickler, it makes such a difference!
5th Apr, 2013
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.
17th Mar, 2013
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


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