Cauliflower & macaroni cheese

Cauliflower & macaroni cheese

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(40 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
What do you get if you add cauliflower, cheese and macaroni? Comfort food heaven

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal446
  • fat17g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre2g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.68g
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  • 250g macaroni
  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into pieces



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

  • 25g butter



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

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tsp English mustard powder
  • 450ml milk



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

  • 100g cheddar, grated



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


  1. Cook the macaroni following pack instructions, adding the cauliflower for the final 4 mins.

  2. Melt the butter in a pan, then stir in the flour and mustard powder and cook for 2 mins. Gradually add the milk, stirring all the time to get a smooth sauce. Add three-quarters of the cheese and some seasoning to the sauce.

  3. Drain the macaroni and cauliflower and stir into the cheese sauce. Transfer to an ovenproof dish, then sprinkle over the remaining cheese and flash under a hot grill until golden and bubbling. Serve with a green salad, if you like.

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11th May, 2020
This was great - I don’t have powder so I mixed 2 teaspoons of mustard paste into the milk and also added a grating of nutmeg.
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Debbie Humpston
1st Dec, 2018
Really nice Base recipe and just what I was looking for as a guide. I made a few adjustments and additions: I substituted cauliflower for broccoli and added dijon mustard instead of mustard powder I also added 150g cheddar and about 100g Parmesan to the sauce.
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Emmeline P
18th Nov, 2018
I followed this recipe directly and the sauce is really really watery. It hasn't thickened up at all. I don't know what I've done wrong
12th Nov, 2018
Really great basic recipe, which can be altered anyway you like! Add different kinds of cheese, meat, seasoning, breadcrumbs on top, etc. Or leave it plain, young kids will love it!
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5th Oct, 2018
Very bland sauce. Reguires more cheese and seasoning.
29th Nov, 2016
Easy to make. I took note of previous comments & added sliced tomatoes & breadcrumbs to top, nice touch. I didn't have mustard powder, used about double the amount of mustard. I would cook the macaroni & cauliflower separate next time.
2nd Nov, 2016
Followed the recipe to the letter yet the cauliflower was to firm and ruined the meal. I would suggest cooking the cauliflower for twice as long as the recipe suggests.
24th May, 2016
Mmm! I added Parmesan, turmeric, and thyme sprinkled over there at the end and baked it for about 15 min to set the flavors. Delish!
15th Mar, 2016
made this at the weekend with my little girl. First time ive ever made cheese sauce as ive always been lazy & bought packet/jar. really easy reciepe and I will never cheat with a cheese sauce again. I fried off some choizo & mixed that through which worked well. Ultimate comfort food :)
1st Feb, 2015
We loved this, especially the kids. I did make a couple of adaptions with adding bacon bits and also lots of seasoning and oregano. Without these additions I think it would have been a bit bland and would have marked it down a star or two. Another good combo would be to also add chicken then add buffelo mozzarella cheese and fresh basil to the top.... OK so bumping up the calorie intake but def think this would be yummy!


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Maddie York
5th Jan, 2020
Nice – but the cauliflower needed cooking a bit longer.
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