- 850ml milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…
- 50g plain flour
- 50g butter, plus 1 tbsp
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 100g extra mature cheddar, grated
Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…
- 25-50g blue cheese
- ½ tsp finely grated nutmeg
One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury…
- 250g penne
- 1kg cauliflower (2 medium ones), cut into florets
A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…
- 750g frozen spinach (whole leaf), defrosted and squeezed dry
Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…
- 25g toasted pine nuts
For the tomato sauce
- 4 garlic cloves, 3 sliced, 1 left whole
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 700g jar tomato passata
For the tomato sauce, cook the sliced garlic in the oil for 1 min, then add the passata. Season, half-cover the pan and simmer for 20 mins until rich.
Meanwhile, make the cheese sauce. Put the milk, flour and 50g butter into a pan. Heat, whisking non-stop, until smooth, then bubble for 3 mins, stirring to make sure any flouriness is lost. Cool for 5 mins, then stir in the mustard, most of the cheddar, half the blue cheese and half the nutmeg.
Boil the penne and cauliflower for 8 mins in salted water until the pasta is almost cooked and the cauli is tender. Keep 2 tbsp water from the pan, then drain. Melt 1 tbsp butter in a pan, add the whole garlic clove, spinach, remaining nutmeg, salt and lots of black pepper. Stir for 2 mins, then remove the garlic clove.
Set aside 300ml cheese sauce and mix the rest into the cauli and pasta. Divide half the tomato sauce between 6 dishes and top with some spinach. Fill with cauli mix, top with more spinach, then the rest of the tomato sauce. Top with the cheese sauce, cheeses and pine nuts. Cover with cling film, cool and chill for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month. To cook, defrost if frozen. Heat oven to 200C/ 180C fan/gas 6. Cook on a baking sheet for 18-20 mins until golden and bubbling. Good with green salad or garlic bread.