Cauli-macaroni cheese

Cauli-macaroni cheese

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(38 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins

Easy

Serves 4
What do you get if you cross cauliflower cheese with macaroni cheese? Comfort food heaven

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition:

  • kcal-
  • fat-
  • saturates-
  • carbs-
  • sugars-
  • fibre-
  • protein-
  • salt-
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Ingredients

  • 300g rigatoni, penne or macaroni
  • 1 small cauliflower, separated into florets
    Cauliflower

    Cauliflower

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  • 200ml crème fraîche
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 175g Red Leicester, grated
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
    Tomato

    Tomato

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    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

Method

  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the pasta, stir well, bring back to the boil and then cook, uncovered, for a couple of minutes. Tip in the cauliflower florets, bring back to the boil again and cook for a further 8-10 minutes until both the pasta and the cauliflower are tender but still firm to the bite. Drain well. Preheat a hot grill.

  2. Add the crème fraîche, mustard and all but a good handful of the cheese to the pasta pan. Stir over a low heat until the cheese just starts to melt. Tip the pasta and cauliflower into the cheese sauce and gently stir together. Season and transfer to a flameproof dish.

  3. Scatter the tomatoes over the top followed by the rest of the cheese and some pepper. Grill for about 5 minutes until browned and bubbling.

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bikerbell
31st Mar, 2017
3.8
As I was only cooking for 2, I halved the amount of pasta and cauliflower but kept the full amount of sauce so it stayed really moist. I also dry fried chorizo till really crisp and then crumbled it into the mixture when putting it in the dish. This was really tasty and think that it would have been a bit bland without it. Definitely a keeper.
bikerbell
31st Mar, 2017
3.8
As I was only cooking for 2, I halved the amount of pasta and cauliflower but kept the full amount of sauce so it stayed really moist. I also dry fried chorizo till really crisp and then crumbled it into the mixture when putting it in the dish. This was really tasty and think that it would have been a bit bland without it. Definitely a keeper.
jessicarichardson
23rd Feb, 2016
3.8
Easy, tasty, and done in under half an hour, so I think I will make this a regular in our household. I tweaked the recipe a little bit. I used brown macaroni, half a head of broccoli and half a head of cauliflower. For the topping I sliced the tomatoes, and added some breadcrumbs from the freezer to the cheese before sprinkling it over the tomatoes. I think adding the breadcrumbs to the topping added a nice different texture. We liked the mustardy creme fraiche too. I think you could easily add sweetcorn, peas and peppers if you wanted to add extra veg.
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africanqueen
12th May, 2014
5.05
Delicious, and so easy. Not too much washing up to do either :-)
Leleni
25th Nov, 2013
I added chopped, cooked bacon and peas. Apart from the fact that it created a lot of washing up, it was a big hit. My normally veggiephobic daughter wolfed it down and my son asked to have the same again for his next meal. Both rated it 10. If I don't make this again soon, I fear I will be called to account
ail4978
15th Aug, 2012
5.05
Love this dish. Simple but tastey. Used half cauli and half broccoli. Will make again. Used leftovers next day tasted even better.
shazza79
2nd Aug, 2012
2.05
found this dish a bit dry and found the mustard overwhelming, wouldnt make it again.
shazza79
2nd Aug, 2012
2.05
found this dish a bit dry and found the mustard overwhelming, wouldnt make it again.
hippychick4eva
20th Aug, 2011
5.05
Woops, I forgot to rate too....
hippychick4eva
20th Aug, 2011
5.05
I cooked this for me and my housemates, it went down a treat. I used the same amount of cheese, pasta and creme fresh, but I changed the method and seasoning a little. After cooking the macaroni I poured it out into a drainer and left it there a moment, meanwhile I put the creme fresh into the pasta pan and seasoned it to my taste, using salt, pepper, freshly grated nutmeg and a bit of mustard powder, I then put most of the cheese into the pan as well and let it all melt in on a low heat, I then mixed the pasta in and transferred it into the oven dish. I then sprinkled with the rest of the cheese and some breadcrumbs I had in the freezer and put it under the grill until bubbling - yummy! Served it with some peas. Really easy, really delicious - just what you want from a recipe.

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las27sie
6th Jul, 2013
Why no nutritional information? With the creme fraiche and cheese, would like to compare this with other pasta recipes.
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