Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Pasta

Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Pasta

I find that cauliflower cheese can be a little unexciting so the pasta in this dish looks to address this and also make it more of a main course. The broccoli adds some colour and works wonderfully with the cheese sauce.

Serve with really good bread - we had Stromboli from Marks & Spencer, which I would highly recommend.

Ingredients

Serves: 4

Pasta bake

  • 300g pasta (large pasta works well, e.g. conchiglie)
  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 1 small broccoli
  • 1 handful mushrooms

Cheese sauce

  • 50g butter
  • 2 tbs plain flour
  • 1 tbs cornflour
  • 100g mature cheddar cheese
  • 150ml single cream
  • 250ml milk
  • salt and pepper
  • small handful chopped parsley
  • a pinch nutmeg
  • large handful breadcrumbs

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Chop the cauliflower and broccoli into fairly small pieces then boil (or steam) for 4 minutes until they start to become tender.
  3. Boil the pasta as instructed on the packet then combine with the cauliflower, broccoli and mushrooms (if using). Divide into two 28cm oven proof dishes.
  4. Melt the butter in a saucepan and then whisk in the plain flour and corn flour until you have a smooth paste. Add the cream, milk, nutmeg and seasoning, then once the sauce starts to thicken and bubble add all but a handful of the cheese and the parsley. If the sauce is very thick add a little more milk to loosen it up again.
  5. Pour the sauce over the pasta mixture then top with the remaining cheese and the breadcrumbs. Drizzle with olive oil and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the topping has browned.

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