This dish is a family favourite but has been adapted to squeeze in extra veg by blitzing up some hidden cauliflower. Your family will not even notice this delectable little edition to the sauce and by adding it you are providing them with an extra boost of vitamin C amongst other vitamins and minerals.
Anyone that knows me will know that I am a complete and utter organisation freak! My cupboards are all neatly organised and categorised into containers and so I start my post with my macaroni dispenser. For more organisational tips for your cupboard see my post on ‘ORGANISING YOUR KITCHEN‘.
Start off by boiling your macaroni and cauliflower in separate pans.
Once your cauliflower is cooked, drain and blitz up in a food processor with cheese, milk, mustard powder and flour. The finished result should look like a sauce. You can add a touch more milk here if it looks a little too thick.
Drain the macaroni and return it to the saucepan. Add in the cauliflower sauce and stir it through. Transfer your macaroni into a baking dish and sprinkle breadcrumbs and cheese on top. This will only take 15 mins in the oven to crisp up.
If your looking for ways to hide some veg in your meal then this recipe is perfect.
Cauli Mac n' cheese
- 300g macaroni
- 1 cauliflower (medium)
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 250ml milk
- 2 tsp English mustard powder
- 100g grated cheddar cheese (1 cup)
To put on top:
- 3 tbsp grated cheddar cheese
- 3 tbsp Breadcrumbs (I used my own homemade ones from the freezer but you can use shop bought)
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- Cherry tomatoes (a small handful)/ 1 medium tomato
- Preheat the oven to 200oc
- Cook the macaroni in a pan of boiling water according to the package instructions.
- Cut the cauliflower into small florets and boil in a separate saucepan until soft (approx 5 minutes).
- Once the cauliflower has cooked, drain it and blitz it in a blender along with the cheese, milk, butter and mustard powder. The finished result should look like a sauce. You can add a touch more milk here if it looks a little too thick.
- Season with a little black pepper.
- Drain the macaroni and return it to the saucepan. Add in the cauliflower sauce and stir it through.
- Transfer your macaroni into a baking dish.
- Sprinkle the extra cheese and breadcrumbs on top and garnish with sliced tomatoes.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the top is browned and crispy.
Tip: I actually stir through some sweetcorn to this dish too to bump the nutrient and veggie intake even further
Ideas to serve with
Serving Size 4
Amount Per Serving
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.