Cauliflower Macaroni Cheese

Posted by on February 20, 2017 in blog, Recipes | 2 comments

Cauliflower Macaroni Cheese
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Serves: 4

 

This is a super easy mid-week meal and is so simple to make. The thick cheesy sauce is made with Cheddar and Red Leicester cheeses but if you prefer, just use Cheddar. The recipe uses a fresh cauliflower but leftover, cooked cauliflower would be fine too!

 

Ingredients:

 

1 medium sized cauliflower

1 lb/500g macaroni or small pasta tubes

2 oz/50g butter

2 oz/50g plain flour

2 oz/50g Cheddar cheese

2 oz/50g Red Leicester cheese

1 pint/550ml milk

A pinch of grated nutmeg (optional)

Sea salt and black pepper

 

Method:

 

Remove the tough outer leaves and stem from the cauliflower.  Cut the cauliflower into florets then rinse the florets and tender leaves.

Grate the cheeses coarsely.

Put the butter into a saucepan and melt on medium-low heat.

Add the flour and stir well.

Gradually add the milk, stirring continuously until the sauce thickens.

Season the sauce with salt and pepper and a little grated nutmeg, if using.

Stir in half the grated cheeses and turn the heat down. Leave to simmer gently while the pasta and cauliflower cook.

Half fill a large saucepan with boiling water and add a little salt. Turn the heat up.

Put the pasta and cauliflower into the pan, give it all a quick stir then leave to cook for about 10 minutes (see back of pasta packet) or until the pasta is almost tender. If using leftover, cooked cauliflower, add it 1 minute before the pasta is ready.

Drain the pasta and cauliflower well and put into an ovenproof dish.

Pour the cheesy sauce all over, give it a quick stir, then sprinkle over the remaining grated cheese.

Place the dish under a preheated grill for about 5 minutes until golden and bubbling.

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. A quick , easy recipe. Very nutritious and tasty. Perfect for vegetarians, or just for a change . Thank you @ThriftyCook for another lovely recipe

    • You’re welcome and thanks for the comment!

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