Cauliflower cheese

Cauliflower cheese

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(106 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 6

Pop this classic side dish in the oven when you take your roast chicken out to rest, so there's no hot shelf juggling

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal250
  • fat15g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre3g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.62g
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  • 1 large cauliflower (leaves cut off), broken into pieces



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

  • 500ml milk



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

  • 4 tbsp flour



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

  • 50g butter



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

  • 100g strong cheddar, grated



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

  • 2-3 tbsp breadcrumbs, if you have them


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, then add the cauliflower and cook for 5 mins – lift out a piece to test, it should be cooked. Drain the cauliflower, then tip into an ovenproof dish.

  2. Heat oven to 220C/200C/gas 7. Put the saucepan back on the heat and add the milk, flour and butter. Keep whisking fast as the butter melts and the mixture comes to the boil – the flour will disappear and the sauce will begin to thicken. Whisk for 2 mins while the sauce bubbles and becomes nice and thick. Turn off the heat, stir in most of the cheese and pour over the cauliflower. Scatter over the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs.

  3. When the chicken comes out of the oven (see 'Goes well with' recipe), pop in the Cauliflower cheese and bake for 20 mins until bubbling.

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jburton's picture
24th Jan, 2015
Made this many times now and its lovely. I don't boil my cauli i break up the florets and put them in the microwave with about a tablespoon of water cover with cling film and cook on highh for 4 mins in a single layer, so it may need to be done in two lots . I find this way it doesn't clog up with water, I use a very strong cheese often adding stilton as-well, 1 tsp of dry english mustard and I use 5 tablespoons of flour instead of the stated 4. Gorgeous.
16th Nov, 2014
Love it just cooked it this afternoon for our roast was so tasty!!
12th Oct, 2014
This recipe is now a weekly favourite in our house! Simple, tasty and economical. Our nine month old daughter loves it, eating alternately from a floret in each hand!
6th Sep, 2014
I made this for my grandma's card-playing group and it went down a storm! So easy and quick to make, and really delicious! Re the white sauce, I used a mixture of cheddar and stilton and added wholegrain mustard for extra seasoning. Would thoroughly recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a simple, yet impressive, dish!
6th Sep, 2014
I made this for my grandma's card-playing group and it went down a storm! So easy and quick to make! I used a mixture of cheddar and stilton, and added some wholegrain mustard for extra seasoning! Would thoroughly recommend this for anyone looking for a simple yet impressive dish! :D
31st Aug, 2014
So easy to make & tastes delicious ....I added a tablespoon of English mustard & sprinkled chilli flakes at the end. I cooked the cauliflower for longer as recommended by others on her ( 10 mins) could not believe how easy the sauce was to make. Will now be a firm favourite in our household with gammon steaks & new potato's
18th Aug, 2014
Lovely recipe, i added some ground nutmeg and mustard to it aswell, which went amazingly with pork, sauce was also spot on in consistancy and no lumps :)
1st Jul, 2014
Best cauliflower cheese ever and so brilliantly simple!
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4th Jun, 2014
I found the dish easy to make. I added a generous teaspoon of Dijon mustard and sprinkled Parmesan and nutmeg along with the breadcrumbs.
27th May, 2014
Excellent dish


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