Classic comfort food: our recipe for Cauliflower and Macaroni Cheese

Published Saturday, Apr 26 2014, 18:30 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Cauliflower cheese is a classic dish and we always love a good serving of mac and cheese – but what about combining the two?

That's exactly what this recipe does and it tastes so good, trust us! Plenty of cheese, pasta and cauliflower are cooked together in this quick and easy dish. We think we've just found the ultimate comfort food…

Cauliflower and mac cheese

© British Cheese Board


  • 300g dried macaroni
  • 1 medium cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 25g butter
  • 40g plain flour
  • 450ml semi- skimmed milk
  • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • 100g vintage (or mature) Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved


1 Cook the macaroni in a large saucepan of gently boiling water for 5 minutes, then add the cauliflower. Cook for a further 5-6 minutes until the pasta and cauliflower are tender.

2 Meanwhile, make the easy all-in-one cheese sauce. Put the butter, flour and milk into a non-stick saucepan and heat, stirring constantly with a small whisk until thickened and smooth. This is the best way to make a smooth, lump-free sauce.

3 Remove the sauce from the heat and add the mustard and half the cheese, stirring it in until melted and smooth. Season to taste.

4 Preheat a medium-hot grill and warm a large baking dish underneath it.

5 Drain the cooked pasta and cauliflower thoroughly. Tip them into the baking dish and pour the hot cheese sauce on top.

6 Arrange the cherry tomatoes over the surface and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Grill for 5-6 minutes until golden brown and serve.

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serves 4

Recipe courtesy of British Cheese Board

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