Cauli-macaroni cheese

Cauli-macaroni cheese

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

  • 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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jilly24
27th May, 2011
5.05
I make this all the time and absolutely love it. I usually use more mustard and tomatoes and use half cauli and half broccoli - delicious!
home2corby
30th Nov, 2010
5.05
sorry forgot to rate (duh) 5*
home2corby
30th Nov, 2010
5.05
yum ~ would make this again ~ I added some crispy streaky bacon to the sauce ~ my children loved it :)
rhianthomas1984
4th Oct, 2010
4.05
This was really lovely (even though i completely forgot to add the tomatoes). I used cheddar cheese and half fat creme fraiche to keep the calories even lower and in my opinion, it tastes just as good as the full fat variety. Next time i'm going to make it with broccoli instead of cauli as my husband also agrees it would work really well.
toritori
11th Jul, 2010
1.05
bland & dry and i used less pasta then stated!!1
morgan123
22nd Nov, 2009
5.05
really easy dish to make. I made more cheese sauce than stated i will make again and again.
morgan123
13th Nov, 2009
5.05
I used more seasoning and stronger cheese for this recipe. My daughter who hates macaroni cheese loved it ! takes no time to make and easy on the washing up.
elleme
27th Oct, 2009
5.05
This is simple to make and quite comforting. Because I'm watching my weight I used slightly less pasta, half fat creme fraiche and Leerdammer Lightlife cheese. The cheese made the texture go a little stringy, so next time I will probably use something else like a half fat cheddar to see if it makes any difference. Taste-wise I really enjoyed it anyway.
hannasus
25th Sep, 2009
5.05
This is excellent - it's a quick cheat's way of making macaroni cheese and I think it ends up tasting very similar to the proper white sauce version, but with half the effort. Will definitely be making it again.
sharangoose
13th Aug, 2009
2.05
I put extra mustard in but still found this dish very bland.

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