Cauliflower & macaroni cheese

Cauliflower & macaroni cheese

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4
What do you get if you add cauliflower, cheese and macaroni? Comfort food heaven

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal446
  • fat17g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre2g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.68g
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Ingredients

  • 250g macaroni
  • 1 head cauliflower, 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…

  • 25g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

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

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tsp English mustard powder
  • 450ml milk

    Milk

    mill-k

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

  • 100g cheddar, grated
    Cheddar

    Cheddar

    Ched-ah

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

Method

  1. Cook the macaroni following pack instructions, adding the cauliflower for the final 4 mins.

  2. Melt the butter in a pan, then stir in the flour and mustard powder and cook for 2 mins. Gradually add the milk, stirring all the time to get a smooth sauce. Add three-quarters of the cheese and some seasoning to the sauce.

  3. Drain the macaroni and cauliflower and stir into the cheese sauce. Transfer to an ovenproof dish, then sprinkle over the remaining cheese and flash under a hot grill until golden and bubbling. Serve with a green salad, if you like.

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Comments (22)

Rosemck's picture
5

Easy to make. I took note of previous comments & added sliced tomatoes & breadcrumbs to top, nice touch. I didn't have mustard powder, used about double the amount of mustard. I would cook the macaroni & cauliflower separate next time.

scoobiemandan's picture
0

Followed the recipe to the letter yet the cauliflower was to firm and ruined the meal. I would suggest cooking the cauliflower for twice as long as the recipe suggests.

juliebeth2000's picture

Mmm! I added Parmesan, turmeric, and thyme sprinkled over there at the end and baked it for about 15 min to set the flavors. Delish!

lurvlyloz's picture
5

made this at the weekend with my little girl. First time ive ever made cheese sauce as ive always been lazy & bought packet/jar. really easy reciepe and I will never cheat with a cheese sauce again.

I fried off some choizo & mixed that through which worked well.

Ultimate comfort food :)

amy_natalia's picture
5

We loved this, especially the kids. I did make a couple of adaptions with adding bacon bits and also lots of seasoning and oregano. Without these additions I think it would have been a bit bland and would have marked it down a star or two. Another good combo would be to also add chicken then add buffelo mozzarella cheese and fresh basil to the top.... OK so bumping up the calorie intake but def think this would be yummy!

gammons's picture

I always steam the cauliflower and cook the macaroni underneath at the same time. This also works well with broccoli or a mixture of the two. Great for getting the kids to eat cauliflower and broccoli.

katie_besson's picture
5

easy and tasty mac and cheese recipe, went out all creamy and cheesy. yumm yumm

ail4978's picture
5

Great weekday dish I make this with half cauli half broccoli, sometimes add smoked bacon favourite quick meal

winnie810's picture
2

Despite all the good comments I found this very bland. I added tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic and this helped pep it up a bit.

horseydollops's picture
4

Loved this and topped with sliced vine tomatoes a scattering of pumpkin seeds and cashel blue cheese which added a wow factor!

menghis1's picture
5

forgot to rate

menghis1's picture
5

A good basic mac n cheese recipe, to use as you wish. I didn't use any cauliflower, I used about 300g of pasta instead of the 250g. I used cheese and bread crumbs for top and served with corn on cob and a rocket salad. Delicious-I’m in danger of eating the lot. So simple!

beclam's picture
5

Really liked this, my 18mnth old demolished it!

seramol's picture
5

I added some breadcrumbs and slices of tomatoes on top. It was really nice.

alisonpg's picture
5

Quick and easy meal, adding the cauliflower for 4 minutes resulted in perfectly cooked cauliflower and the cheesy sauce was great for a winter comfort meal! I didn't have macaroni, so just used pasta quills. I finished it off under the grill. Delicious.

copernico149's picture

Think it would be best to steam the cauliflower seperately. Otherwise a good and inexpensive meal with some meat or fish and a green salad.

Sooty

copernico149's picture

Think it would be best to steam the cauliflower seperately. Otherwise a good and inexpensive meal with some meat or fish and a green salad.

Sooty

donnarattray's picture
3

I tried this but I prefer either macaroni or cauliflower - the two together wasn't great. I also prefer my cauliflower more cooked through than this.
I like cauliflower cheese with a chunk of home-made wholemeal bread and butter.

eleanormayo's picture
4

Great comfort food, I served with a couple of rashers of grilled bacon.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
5

This was fabulous and the ultimate comfort food. It actually looked much better than the picture. Served with a mixed salad and sausages.

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