Cauliflower Macaroni Cheese

Mac and cheese is a winner with most families - this one contains hidden vegetables as an added healthy bonus. Don't worry... it's still ludicrously naughty and the perfect comfort food.

Key Details

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy


  • 300g macaroni
  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 50g butter
  • 50g flour
  • 600ml full-fat milk
  • 200g extra mature cheddar, coarsely grated
  • 1tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 25g flaked almonds


Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Cook the pasta for 2 mins, then add your cauliflower florets for a further 8 mins. Drain and set aside. 

Let’s make some bechamel sauce! Melt the butter in a medium pan over a low heat and stir in the flour. Allow to cook through for 2-3 minutes, to cook out the flour taste.  Pour in the milk, bit by bit, stirring constantly until it begins to thicken. Bubble for a few mins, then remove from the heat. Add the cheese and season to taste.

Tip in your pasta and cauliflower and stir through the cheese sauce. Pour into a casserole dish. Mix together the garlic, breadcrumbs, almonds and thyme, and scatter over the top. Grill for 5 minutes until golden! 

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