Cheat's cauli-macaroni cheese
- Preparation and cooking time
- Total time
- Serves 4
- 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
- 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.