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Cauliflower & bacon pasta

Cauliflower & bacon pasta

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  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Cauliflower and macaroni cheese in one pasta bake? This family-friendly gratin is comforting and filling

  • Freezable
Nutrition: per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal673
fat34g
saturates16g
carbs56g
sugars9g
fibre3g
protein35g
salt2.8g
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Ingredients

  • 200g streaky bacon
  • 300g dried pasta
  • 1 cauliflower , cut into large florets
  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 300ml milk
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 140g cheddar , grated
  • 1 soft wholemeal roll , whizzed to breadcrumbs
  • salad , to serve, (optional)

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the grill to high and bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Grill the bacon slices for 5 mins or until crispy, then drain on kitchen paper and cut into small pieces.

  • STEP 2

    Cook the pasta following pack instructions. Add the cauliflower to the pasta pan for the final 8 mins, so that it is just tender, then drain, reserving 2 tbsp of the cooking water.

  • STEP 3

    Melt the butter in a small pan over a low heat, then stir in the flour and cook for a couple of mins. Gradually stir in the milk, mixing well between each addition. Bring to a simmer, then cook for a few mins until thickened. Season, add the mustard and half the grated cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth.

  • STEP 4

    Tip the pasta and cauliflower back into the pan along with the reserved cooking water. Stir through the cheese sauce and bacon, then transfer the mix to a baking dish. Mix together the breadcrumbs and remaining cheese, then sprinkle over the pasta. Cook for 5 mins under the grill until browned. Serve with a salad, if you like.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2013

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