Cauliflower cheese in a square baking dish with spoon

Quick cauliflower cheese

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 6

Everyone's favourite side dish, using mature cheddar and a hint of onion for extra flavour - the perfect accompaniment to a roast

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal403
  • fat25g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre4g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.8g


  • 100g mature cheddar, grated
  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • handful flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets



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

  • 1l full-fat milk, plus a splash



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

  • 1 small onion, halved



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 85g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 85g plain flour


  1. In a small bowl, mix the cheese with the breadcrumbs and parsley, and set aside. Put the cauliflower florets in a large saucepan, cover with water and a splash of milk (this stops the cauliflower smelling) and bring to the boil. Cook for 2-3 mins until tender, then drain.

  2. In a separate saucepan, pour in the milk, add the onion and some seasoning, bring to the boil, then take off the heat. In a small saucepan, make a roux by melting the butter slowly, then adding the flour, stirring to make a paste. While still over a low heat, add the boiled milk, discarding the onion. Using a whisk, beat the milk together with the roux and bring to the boil. Cook for 2 mins until the sauce is lovely and thick – make sure the heat is not too high, otherwise it will catch on the bottom and burn.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Transfer the cooked cauliflower to a casserole dish, pour over the sauce and top with the cheese and breadcrumb mix. Bake in the oven for 20 mins until golden and bubbling.

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