Cauliflower Cheese

A good value family favourite.

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5 star rating based on 421 reviews

Ingredients for 4

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Ingredients
1 headcauliflower (500 grams)
300 gramsfusili
200 gramscheddar cheese
120 gramsham (cooked, sliced)
50 gramsplain flour
50 gramsbutter
1 teaspoonsalt (6 grams)
1/8 teaspoonground black pepper (0.4 grams)
1/8 teaspoonnutmeg, grated (0.2 grams)
1000 mlsmilk
1 1/2 teaspoonolive oil (8 mls)
Salt content: 0.3% (by weight, not counting salt in other ingredients)

Method

Preparation time: 60 minutes. See step-by-step instructions below.

Best with a salad and a glass of wine.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Recipe PhotoHere is our lovely cauliflower - straight from my local famer's market! Take off the green leaves and cut back the stem. This one should be about right for four people.
Recipe PhotoNow cut off the individual roses and wash them in cold water.
Recipe PhotoThen cut the remaining stem into 5mm thick slices - don't waste it.
Recipe PhotoPut the cauliflower into a sizeable saucepan, add some salt and about 1cm / 1/2 inch of water. Bring to a boil and steam the cauliflower with the lid closed for about 9 minutes.
Recipe PhotoIn the meantime, bring the water for the pasta to a boil (you should use pasta weight x 10 amounts of water), add half of the salt and the olive oil. Add the pasta and boil until "al dente" - follow the instructions on your pasta package.
Recipe PhotoWhilst the cauliflower is steaming and your pasta is boiling, grate your cheese with a coarse grater.
Recipe PhotoPut the cauliflower into an oven-proof dish that is big enough. You can cut the roses into 2 or 3 parts if they are too big - this is especially important if you have children as they won't like large chunks of cauliflower!
Recipe PhotoWhen the pasta is done, drain is in a sieve and add it to the dish with the cauliflower. Distribute the pasta and the cauliflower evenly.
Recipe PhotoNow cut your ham into squares (I'm using smoked ham here, which also works well).Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius / 350 Fahrenheit / Gas Mark 4
Recipe PhotoTime to make the white sauce. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
Recipe PhotoWhen the butter has melted, add the flour and stir vigorously with a whisk or a wooden spoon.
Recipe PhotoWhisk until the butter/flour mixture is nice and even and changes colour slightly.
Recipe PhotoNow add small amounts of milk, whisk again until the mixture thickens, and add more milk. You will want your hob on a fairly high setting for this and proceed quickly.
Recipe PhotoOnce all the milk is added, bring to a boil again.
Recipe PhotoAdd salt, pepper and nutmeg. Take it easy on the salt as we will add cheese later. Also, the ham will contain a fair amount of salt ...
Recipe PhotoNow add half the grated cheese and whisk until the cheese has dissolved. Take the saucepan off the hob.
Recipe PhotoSpread the ham on top of the cauliflower and pasta.
Recipe PhotoThen add your white sauce - distribute it evenly.
Recipe PhotoLast but not least, distribute the other half of the grated cheese on top. Put the dish into your pre-heated oven and bake for 30 minutes (or until it looks like in the picture below - don't burn it :-).
Recipe PhotoVoila - your finished cauliflower cheese. Very popular with my kids!

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Comments:
10Just made it, that was delicious!
10Really help full thks
8My sauce was too thick! Used too much flour I think. Tasty otherwise!
10thought it was really tasty but I had to make one without ham but added extra cheese blu cheese it was lovely all the family enjoyed it
10I was wondering btw if we can substitue chedder for blue cheese????? what do you think :)
10Great variation on the standard Cauliflower Cheese recipe, kids absolutely loved it, served with some fresh crispy bread makes a great economical meal...
10looks good will try tomorrow
10Comfort food at its best! Very easy to make, very tasty and very affordable to feed my family of 6.
10i don't like cailiflower this is pretty good
10Just what I wanted as a novice cook aged 62. Many thanks.
9Pasta and cailiflower...my kids favourite, will have to definitely give this one a try
10great recipe never made my own sauce before but will be doing it tomorrow love the added pasta with it
9Nice and easy to follow!! How long do you bake it for at 180?
10Great recipe and so simple, basic, and using all normal ingredients that most people have in their kitchens. How wonderfully healthly & Yummy !!!!
10Thank you for pubic simple and easy to follow recipe. It was my first time at making white sauce and it came out a treat. Very tasty indeed.
9First time I've made cauliflower cheese (or even a white sauce!). Very easy recipe. I'll be cooking this again. Thank you.
8It was good but i think the sause was a bit challenging but then again i'm not an adult!:) Fun to make and i'm going to make again. Thanks.
10fantastic
10Thought i'd try this out as my son who was ill at the time was asking for this. Got all my ingredients together and included half brocolli and half caulflower. Followed the step by step method omitting the Ham. Very easy. Sauce was ACE. tHE WHOLE DISH WAS JUST SUPERB. wILL MAKE AGAIN AND AGAIN. TA VERY MUCH FOR THIS RECIPE.
10family of 4 loved it - added some chopped red pepper for color
2hmmm
10just found on site looks great going to make it now,looks easy 10/10
10I don't even like cauliflower and i loved it!
10Looks fab and easy gunna do it for kids dinner tonight
10Looks fab, so going to try this tomorrow for my tea.
1010 It looks super yummy and looks super easy to make. Thanks for photos making it easier to follow.
10this looks perfect. Will be making it tonight
10Greatttt! My boyfriend surprised me cooking this yummy dish as I am vegetarian I loved it. Thankssssssssss to you and to my love:)
10shit that is not califlour cheese its ham????
10added in some fried mushroom,onion and garlic,wonderful!!!!!! real winter comfort food thanks!
10really inventive thank you.:)
10Pasta, yes, sounds good. makes it more of a meal and must be filling, a cheap meal which is very welcome with the recession, well done, tomorrows tea for us!
10brill thank you
7cauliflower cheese shouldnt have pasta! still looks nice
10delicious, really enjoyed it! thanks for sharing your recipe.
10Looks like it could be a family favourite.
10What an easy and delicious receipe thank you very much everyone was so impressed considering I cant cook an egg without burning!! Kerry Blackwood South Wales
10looks fantastic - will definitely make this.. soon! thanks for sharing your recipe.
10BRILLIANT
10Easy and tasty can't ask for more now I cook for myself.
8Delicious! Very economical, wholesome and filling.
10Really yummy,kids loved it and thats a bonus!
3PASTA?
10thank you
10dose it taist as good as you. yummy.
10good
10Excellent recipe, not tried it yet but it is definitely going to be on my mneu this week.
10easy as Pie :o)
8nice change with pasta never thought to try .good idea thankyou
10i luv cauliflower cheese so much so thanks for the tips!:):)