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Cheat's cauli-macaroni cheese

Cheat's cauli-macaroni cheese

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

New idea for a family favourite

  • Easily halved
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal636
fat33g
saturates18g
carbs64g
sugars0g
fibre5g
protein25g
low insalt0.98g
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Ingredients

  • 300g rigatoni or penne
  • 1 small cauliflower , sliced into florets
  • 200ml carton crème fraîche
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 175g red leicester cheese, grated
  • 2 tomatoes , cut into rough wedges

Method

  • STEP 1

    Cook the pasta: Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Toss in the pasta and bring back to the boil, then cook for a couple of minutes. Tip in the cauliflower and cook for a further 8-10 minutes until both are tender.

  • STEP 2

    Make the sauce: Drain the pasta and cauliflower well. Put the crème fraîche, mustard and most of the cheese (keeping back a good handful) into the pasta pan. Stir and warm through over a low heat just until the cheese starts to melt.

  • STEP 3

    Finish the dish: Preheat the grill to hot. Tip the pasta and cauliflower into the cheese sauce and gently stir together. Season to taste. Transfer to a flameproof dish, scatter the tomatoes over the top, then the rest of the cheese and a sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper. Grill for about 5 minutes until brown and bubbling.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2002

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