Cauliflower Macaroni Cheese

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This post is from my previous site: The Knight of the Round Table. I’ve decided to repost it here, because it is so damn good.

This is it. The ultimate in winter comfort food. Everyone likes it, whether they’re three or eighty-three. You don’t really need much to go alongside, except maybe a green salad, plus it is relatively cheap too. So it’s good for students.

I got the idea from watching an episode of Lorraine on ITV 1. The chef on this particular episode was James Tanner, who I’ve not heard of until now.

Cauliflower Macaroni Cheese– based on a recipe by James Tanner on the ITV show, Lorraine.

(enough for six portions)

3 rashers of bacon
1 large cauliflower, cut into florets
500g macaroni pasta
Approx 600ml bechamel sauce (just make your favourite, or use cartons of really good quality shop brought)
1 large handful grated strong cheddar, plus extra for sprinkling over
1-2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 large handful grated Red Leicester cheese, plus extra for sprinkling over
1 large handful panko breadcrumbs

1. Preheat oven to 200c/gas 6. Cook the bacon until slightly crispy. Cut into small pieces. Set aside.

2. Cook the cauliflower and pasta until tender in boiling water. Drain well. Transfer to a large bowl.

3. Prepare the bechamel sauce, mix in the mustard and cheeses. Transfer the cooked pasta and cauliflower to your chosen baking dish, mix in the sauce. Sprinkle over the extra cheese. Mix the breadcrumbs and bacon together, then sprinkle over the top of the cauliflower mixture.

4. Bake in the oven until golden and bubbling. Serve in large bowls, with a green salad.

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