Broccoli & cauliflower cheese

Broccoli & cauliflower cheese

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 6
Cauliflower cheese gets more colourful with the addition of broccoli in this super Sunday lunch side dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal242
  • fat16g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre3g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.53g
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  • 1 small cauliflower, leaves removed and broken into small florets



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

  • 1 small head broccoli, broken into small florets



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

For the cheese sauce

  • 50g butter



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

  • 50g flour



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

  • 1 tsp mustard powder



    A condiment made by mixing the ground seeds of the mustard plant with a combination of…

  • 500ml milk



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

  • 100g strong cheddar, or vegetarian alternative



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

  • 2 tbsp snipped chives


  1. In a very large saucepan, cook the cauliflower in boiling salted water for 5 mins. Then add the broccoli and cook for 3 mins more. Drain well and transfer to a large ovenproof dish.

  2. To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a small pan. When foaming, add flour and mustard powder, and cook for 1 min, stirring constantly. Take off the heat and add the milk, a little at a time, stirring constantly to get rid of any lumps. Once half the milk has been added, return to the heat and add the remaining milk. Keep stirring and bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook for 2 mins, until thickened and smooth. Add most of the cheese and some seasoning then take off the heat and add the chives.

  3. Pour the sauce over the vegetables and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. This can be done the day before and kept covered in the fridge. Cook in the oven with the pork for 35-40 mins until bubbling, allowing an extra 5-10 mins cooking time if from the fridge. Serve with the pork.

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29th Mar, 2017
Really enjoyed this, especially the broccoli as it soaked up the sauce wonderfully. Made with purple sprouting broccoli and oat milk (as that's what we had in) and cooked at 180C
1st Mar, 2016
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16th Mar, 2016
Yep, that would have been helpful. Gas Mark 6, middle of the oven, worked out okay for me.
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19th Sep, 2015
Gorgeous! I also agree with another comment on here i too just chuck everything in the saucepan except the cheese and whisk til its incorporated and no lumps are there and switch to a wooden spoon add the cheese til its melted then simmer gently til nice and smooth and thickened, i also dont boil my broc or cauli i put it the microwave with a splash of water cover with clingfilm and cook for about 8 mins this way it begins to cook but doesn't get water logged
12th Dec, 2014
I make this as a vegetarian meal and add leeks, courgettes and broad beans to give 5 of my veg portions. I steam rather than boil and up the quantity of cheese sauce to suit the extra veg. I also scatter finely chopped garlic on the top just before end of cooking which I reduce to 20/25 mins.
2nd Sep, 2014
Pork?! What pork? When did that happen? Am I missing something? Just about to put this into oven, but apparently I'm missing pork?
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19th Sep, 2015
Thats if you want to serve it with a roast pork meal
7th May, 2014
We added leeks and asparagus. Awesome. We also used vitalite, Dove gluten free flour and lactose free milk and cheese so allergy free too. I have already had a request to do it again from my 9 year old.
17th Feb, 2014
Cooking it again now for the third time. Wife hate's cheese sauce normally but managed to convince her to try this dish last time i made it. My plate was taken from me. Easy recipe, ingrediants are normally in the fridge. But make sure you stir constantly when you put the milk in. Also do not cook it as long as stated. good 30-35 mins at 180 is good.
2nd Feb, 2014
Good recipe but i steam the broc and cauli rather than boil - keeps the nutrients of the veg. I love the suggestion below of tossing in the bacon and or eggs..


23rd Mar, 2015
What is the best way to freeze this dish and then re-heat?
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31st Mar, 2015
Hi alexkelly51 this recipe would be fine to freeze once assembled - at the point you would refridgerate it (half way through step 3.) Defrost overnight in the fridge then pick up step 3. to bake it in an oven preheated to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Hope this helps. 
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