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Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese in Dish
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Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

A kid friendly meal made with added vegetable goodness.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Western
Keyword Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 549kcal

Equipment

  • blender or food processor

Ingredients

  • 1 Small Cauliflower (550g (1.2lb)once trimmed and cut into florets)
  • 265g (2 cups/ 9.3 oz) Macaroni Pasta
  • 28g (2 tbsp) Butter
  • 9g (1 tbsp) Flour
  • 250ml (1 cup) Milk
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 145g (1 1/4 cup) Extra Mature Cheddar Cheese
  • 25g (1/4 cup) Panko Breadcrumbs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200c/400f.
  • Remove the base and outer leaves from the cauliflower, break into florets and wash. 
  • Place the florets into a pan of boiling water and boil for approx. 8 mins, until soft.
  • Drain the cauliflower and blend in a blender / food processor.
  • Cook the macaroni pasta in a saucepan of boiling water, as per pack instructions.
  • Meanwhile, make your sauce.
    Melt butter in a saucepan and add the flour to form a roux, stir continuously for about 2 minutes.
    Add milk a little at a time, keep stirring/whisking continuously between each pour. Stir out any lumps before adding more milk. Continue adding the milk little by little until all the milk is incorporated and the sauce is thick and glossy.
  • Take off the heat and stir in the mustard and one cup (115g) of the cheese (reserving the rest for the topping.)
  • Add the cauliflower puree to the sauce and stir to combine. If the sauce seems too thick add a little more milk.
  • Add the sauce to the drained pasta and mix well. Transfer to one large baking dish (or several small dishes) Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and panko breadcrumbs.
  • Bake in the oven, for approx. 20 mins, until the top is golden and bubbly.

Notes

  1. I always use a mature cheddar to make a cheese sauce. I find it produces the best flavour. Any good melting cheese (e.g Colby, Tasty, Monterey Jack) will also work but may not produce the same flavour.  Seek out the most mature/sharp versions so that you don’t have to add so much to get the desired flavour.
  2. If you are making this dish ahead of time, to serve later in the day, cover the dish and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve (do not add the breadcrumbs and cheese for the top at this stage). Cover the top with the cheese and breadcrumbs just before baking and bake for approx 30 minutes. The top should be brown and bubbling and piping hot in the centre.
  3. If cooking for a baby/ young toddler you can reduce the amount of cheese you add, to lower the sodium levels.
Nutritional Information is a ROUGH guide only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator. 

Nutrition

Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 517mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 690IU | Vitamin C: 31.9mg | Calcium: 407mg | Iron: 1.8mg