Cauli cheese macaroni

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

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

Nutrition per serving

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


  • 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


  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.

  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.

  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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