Macaroni Cauliflower Cheese Bake

Recipe by Sara 76
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READY IN: 20mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • TO PREPARE YOUR PASTA:.
  • Remove the outer green leaves from the cauliflower and discard.
  • Slice the end off the cauliflower stalk.
  • Cut the head into small florets.
  • Halve the thick stalk lengthways then slice thinly.
  • Grate the cheddar cheese and parmesan into a large bowl.
  • Finely chop the parsley stalks and leaves.
  • TO COOK YOUR PASTA:.
  • Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.
  • Add the macaroni and all of your cauliflower and cook according to the macaroni packet instructions.
  • Place the bowl of cheese over the saucepan and add the creme fraiche.
  • Carefully stir every so often until the cheese is smooth and melted.
  • If the water boils up underneath the bowl, just turn the heat down slightly.
  • Add all the chopped parsley to the melted cheese and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Carefully remove the bowl of cheese using a towel or oven gloves and set aside.
  • Drain the macaroni in a colander over a bowl, reserving the cooking water.
  • Return the pasta to the pan, pour in the melted cheese and stir.
  • It should have a lovely silky consistency, but if it's too thick, add a splas of your cooking water to thin it out a bit.
  • At this point you can either serve the macaroni as it is, or finish it under the grill to make it crispy and golden on top.
  • To do this, preheat your grill to medium heat.
  • Add 150ml of the reserved cooking water to the macaroni, stir in, then transfer to a baking dish.
  • Place under the grill until golden and bubbling.
  • TO SERVE YOUR PASTA:.
  • Divide the pasta between plates or bowls, or place the baking dish in the middle of the table next to a nice green salad and let everyone help themselves.
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