Cauli cheese macaroni

Combining two comfort food favourites, mac 'n' cheese and cauliflower cheese.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine For Kids, Worldwide
Servings 4 serves


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2016
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