Cauli cheese macaroni

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Preparation and cooking time

  • Prep:10 mins
  • Cook:15 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Combining two comfort food favourites, mac ‘n’ cheese and cauliflower cheese, this is a new classic in the making!

Nutrient Unit
kcal 713
fat 30g
saturates 18g
carbs 80g
sugars 11g
fibre 6g
protein 28g
salt 1.2g

Ingredients

  • 300g macaroni or rigati
  • 1 small cauliflower , cut into florets
  • 50g butter
  • 50g flour
  • 600ml full-fat milk
  • 140g extra mature cheddar , coarsely grated
  • 2 garlic cloves , crushed
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • small bunch thyme , leaves picked

Method

  • STEP 1

Heat the grill to its highest setting and bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Cook the pasta for 4 mins, then add the cauliflower for a further 8 mins. Drain, reserving 100ml of the cooking water.

  • STEP 2

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium pan over a low heat and stir in the flour. Slowly pour in the milk, stirring constantly until it begins to thicken. Bubble for a few mins, then remove from the heat. Add the cheese, the reserved cooking water and seasoning to taste.

  • STEP 3

Tip the pasta and cauliflower into a large casserole dish and stir through the cheese sauce. Mix together the garlic, breadcrumbs and thyme, and scatter over the top. Grill for 2-3 mins until bubbling.

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