Cheat’s cauli-macaroni cheese

New idea for a family favourite

  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 636
  • fat 33g
  • saturates 18g
  • carbs 64g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 5g
  • protein 25g
  • salt 0.98g


  • 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


  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.

  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.

  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.

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