Cauli-macaroni cheese

Cauli-macaroni cheese

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(40 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins


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

Nutrition and extra info


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


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



    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



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


  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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22nd Sep, 2008
Really really nice, really easy and will definately be making this one again .. I followed the recipe exactly and wouldnt change a thing. perfect midweek dinner on a cold night
28th Jun, 2008
Try substituting broccoli for the cauliflower - lightly steam it before adding to the cooked pasta. Delicious!
29th May, 2008
Great idea! Tasty but would make a proper macaroni cheese sauce next time as the sauce was barely covering the pasta and veg. A brilliant way to get my 3 year old to eat some vegetables! Also like the idea of trying with broccoli.
22nd Apr, 2008
Really nice with broccoli instead of cauliflower & cheddar cheese!
17th Mar, 2008
Easy and quick. I sometimes leave out the cauliflower and its still just as tasty. It freezes well.
2nd Feb, 2008
The whole family loves this recipe - even my normally mustard loathing husband! We occasionally make it with the addition of roughly snipped cooked bacon rashers - delicious!
12th Jan, 2008
We make this all the time, normally with half white sauce half creme fraiche, with more mustard and a lot less cheese than suggested. LOVELY.
13th Dec, 2007
Quick, easy and reliable. I usually use more mustard than in the recipe, and more tomatoes!
5th Dec, 2007
My 5 year old son loved this. I used chedder rather than Red Leicester and it worked fine. Will add more seasoning next time though.
2nd Dec, 2007
Wonderful, easy, tasty and a winner everytime!


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