Vintage Cauliflower Mac Cheese

Combining cauliflower cheese with macaroni cheese creates a new classic! Make it with vintage Cheddar to really give it a bite.


Serves 4 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 20 minutes


300g dried macaroni

1 medium cauliflower, broken into florets

25g butter

40g plain flour

450ml semi- skimmed milk

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


Cook’s tips: Use penne or rigatoni instead of macaroni. If you’d rather use a milder cheese, just select medium or mild Cheddar.


Cost: £3.68  Cost per portion: 92p

Nutritional analysis per serving


28g protein

77g carbohydrate of which 13g sugars

19g fat of which 11g saturates

6.5g dietary fibre

319mg sodium equivalent to 0.7g salt