Cauliflower Mac n Cheese

Nothing says comfort food like mac n' cheese. And I reckon this one is healthy as it has a good helping of cauliflower ;)

serves 4
takes 30 mins
  • 1 cup dried macaroni or your favourite dried 'tube like' pasta
  • 50g butter, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 - 1 cup coarsely grated aged cheddar, plus extra for scattering over the top
  • 2 tbsp chopped thyme or parsely
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cauliflower, cut into bite sized florets
  • 1/4 cup coarse day-old sourdough breadcrumbs or Panko 
  • large handful hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • To serve: green leaf salad...or not :)
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil then add dried macaroni and cook until al dente (5-6 minutes) 
  3. Adding cauliflower after 2 minutes
  4. Drain and pour into a large baking dish & set aside
  5. Combine breadcrumbs, hazelnuts, oil 1 tbsp thyme in a bowl & set aside
  6. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat, add flour and stir until golden (2-4 minutes)
  7. Gradually whisk in milk and stir until mixture is thick and comes to the boil (2-4 minutes)
  8. Stir in cheese, remaining 1 tbsp thyme, mustard & season to taste
  9. Pour cheese sauce over cooked pasta & cauliflower, stir in and scatter with remaining cheese and grill until golden (3-4 minutes)
  10. Serve with green salad if you like ;)

source: Taste Magazine#112


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