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Macaroni and Cauliflower Cheese Recipe

Macaroni and Cauliflower Cheese

Rating 4-0 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again
An Ideal Recipe for Vegetarians
Graham

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Macaroni and Cauliflower Cheese is the ultimate 'comfort' food, but is also ideal when cooking for a family since it provides vegetables to kids who might otherwise push them to one side. (You can try my regular Cauliflower Cheese if this plan works for you!)

      Preparation Time: 5 Minutes

      Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients for Macaroni and Cauliflower Cheese

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to serve 4:
1 medium-sized
cauliflower
9 oz
macaroni
1 oz
butter
2 tablespoons
plain flour (all-purpose flour)
2 teaspoons
English mustard powder
1 pint
milk
 
salt and pepper
6 oz
Cheddar cheese

PLEASE NOTE: This recipe calls for the GRILLING or BROILING of food. In most countries of the world, the term "grilling" refers to heat coming from above the food source. Significantly, in North America, it signifies heat from below the food (such as barbecuing). In the United States and Canada, when the heat source for grilling comes from above, grilling is termed broiling, and the pan that holds the food is usually called a broiler pan.


 

How to Cook Macaroni and Cauliflower Cheese

  1. Cut away the main stem of the cauliflower and separate into small florets. Wash before cooking, then cook in boiling, salted water for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, boil a kettle of water. After 10 minutes, drain the water from the cauliflower and replace with fresh boiling water from the kettle. Add a little salt and cook for a further 8-10 minutes until tender. (Replacing the water during cooking removes that strong 'cauliflower' smell.)
  2. Meanwhile, cook the macaroni following pack instructions (usually about 7-8 minutes in boiling water). Drain both the cauliflower and the macaroni well and mix together
  3. While the cauliflower and macaroni are cooking, melt the butter in a pan, then stir in the flour and mustard powder and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually add the milk, stirring all the time to get a smooth sauce. Grate the cheese and add three-quarters of it to the pan. Season with salt and freshly-ground black pepper and continue to cook gently until the cheese has melted.
  4. Stir the cheese sauce into the macaroni and cauliflower then transfer to an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and melt under a hot grill (broiler) until golden and bubbling. Serve hot.

 
Graham GRAHAM'S HOT TIP:
You can "perk it up" with this recipe by added pieces of cooked bacon. Just grill or fry them for a few minutes before adding them to the dish.
 
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Reviews of Macaroni and Cauliflower Cheese

Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again May 03 2015
Easy to make. tastes good. Costs very little. Kids love it. What more can you ask for?
(2 reviews)
 
Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again November 25 2014
This was really good, and I'm not normally a big fan of cauliflower. I like the tip about changing the water halfway through cooking. I think that certainly helped with the taste. Also make sure you press the cauliflower to release all the water. I will make this over and over. I made it the second time, and added crumbled bacon to the cauliflower. Leftovers the next day were even better! Even my 8 year old loved it. Fantastically Delicious- Very flavorful
(5 reviews)
 
Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again April 08 2014
Made a nice change from ordinary mac'n cheese. I couldn't get English mustard so used one I had in the cupboard and added a bit extra! Seemed to work OK. Very tasty. Everyone loved it.
(6 reviews)

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