Loading Search Bar...
READY IN
50 mins
Cauliflower and Bacon Pasta Recipe

Cauliflower and Bacon Pasta

Graham

Recipe by  

Cauliflower and Bacon Pasta - just full of great ingredients in one pasta bake. This family-friendly gratin is both comforting and filling. You can use any pasta that you prefer. Personally, I like to use macaroni or elbow macaroni in this recipe. I guess it just works for me.

This recipe assumes you will make your own cheese sauce. However, if you don't feel confident, or if you want to gain a little time, by all means use a packet cheese sauce and stir in a little mustard at the end.

      Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

      Cooking Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients for Cauliflower and Bacon Pasta

If you are not familiar with any ingredients, please check our International Cooking Terms page.
US Imperial Measurements  UK Imperial Measurements  Metric Measurements

Currently displaying quantities in US Imperial Measurements
Serves 4:
8 oz
streaky bacon
10 oz
dried pasta (macaroni by preference)
1 medium
cauliflower
1 oz
butter
1 oz
plain flour
10 fl oz
milk
1 teaspoon
Dijon mustard
5 oz
grated Cheddar cheese
1
soft wholemeal roll, whizzed to breadcrumbs

 

How to Cook Cauliflower and Bacon Pasta

  1. Heat the grill to high and bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Grill the bacon slices for 5 mins or until crispy, then drain on kitchen paper and cut into small pieces.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Cook the pasta and the cauliflower together in the salted water following pack instructions (usually about 7-8 minutes). At this point, the cauliflower should be just tender. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the cooking water.
  3. To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a small pan over a low heat, then stir in the flour and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring all the time. Gradually stir in the milk, mixing well between each addition. Bring to a simmer, then cook for a few minutes until thickened. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then stir in the mustard and half the grated cheese. Keep stirring until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth.
  4. Tip the pasta and cauliflower back into the pan along with the reserved cooking water. Add the cheese sauce and the bacon bits. Stir well and then transfer the mix to a baking dish. Mix together the breadcrumbs and the remaining cheese and sprinkle over the pasta. Cook for 5 minutes under the grill until browned. Serve with a salad, if you like, or just on its own.


Graham GRAHAM'S HOT TIP:
The only way to know if any pasta is done is to taste it. It should be al dente, or firm to the bite. The more pasta cooks, the gummier it gets, so if it sticks to the wall of your mouth it's probably overdone.
 
Print Kitchen-Friendly View

Your Rating

Click to rate this recipe 'Hate It'Click to rate this recipe 'Didn't Like It'Click to rate this recipe 'Not Bad'Click to rate this recipe 'Liked It'Click to rate this recipe 'Loved It'
(click a star to select)

Your Review
(Max. 1000 characters) ....  characters left.


 Reviewer Logout
QUICK RATING
Please help us to provide the recipes you want by rating this recipe for content, clarity, originality or any other criteria that matter to you. Just select the relevant icon and then click...


Divine

Lovely

S'okay!

Hmmm!

C'mon!

Yaach!

Thank You... your feedback is important to us.
 
 

What To Eat Tonight

61 Oven-Baked Dinners
61 Oven-Baked Dinners

No mess, no fuss, just throw it in the oven and leave it alone till it's ready to eat. That's the approximate theory! How close do we get?

385 Super Summer Recipes
385 Super Summer Recipes

No time like the summer for those lovely light meals that can be quickly prepared. Get some sunshine into your life with some great recipes.

346 Family Dinners
346 Family Dinners

Delicious hand-picked meals that were made for sharing. Your family is special so they deserve something special, don't they!

Other Pasta Recipes

Lemon Sevai
Lemon Sevai

Lemon Sevai comes from the Tamil word 'Sevai' meaning Rice Vermicelli or rice noodles. This recipe is very easy to make and easy to digest.

Cheesy Spinach and Penne Bake
Cheesy Spinach and Penne Bake

Cheesy Spinach and Penne Bake is one of those "more-ish" recipes that will get you reaching for the serving spoon more than once

Pasta Jumble
Pasta Jumble

Pasta Jumble is an unusual way of serving pasta. It looks very professional but is, as you will see, quite simple.

 

 
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2024 NeedARecipe.com
By accessing this site, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. Please read them.
up