The BF has been bugging me to make him cauliflower cheese for the longest time. He grew up eating them and it’s one of his favourite comfort foods.
I don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to making it. I guess I was intimidated by the vegetable?
I’ve never cleaned and prepared cauliflower before. And it’s white. That’s just abnormal. Vegetable is supposed to be green or at least in darker shades of colours. White is creepy.
Then, one day while out grocery shopping, he plonked a 1.5 kilograms worth of cauliflowers into our trolley. I had nowhere to run. I had to make cauliflower cheese or else…
I decided to chuck in some macaroni, so I didn’t have to cook a carb to go with :D
# – Cauliflower macaroni cheese.
- 300 grams of macaroni
- 800 grams of cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1 onion, sliced
- 180 grams of grated parmesan and a bit more for the topping (you can use cheddar or any crumbly hard cheese too)
- 300 ml of milk
- 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 3 tablespoons of mustard powder
- Salt & Pepper
# – Prepare a deep pot of boiling water seasoned with salt. Throw in the cauliflowers. They take about 8-10 minutes to cook through. Depending on how long your pasta takes to cook, chuck them in at the appropriate time too so they cook together with the cauliflower.
# – Put your baking tray or heatproof dish over the stove, heat up a bit of oil and throw in the sliced onions to brown.
# – Pour in the milk.
# – Then the grated parmesan. Stir till mixture’s combined.
# – Next, put 3 tablespoons of mustard powder. Stir.
# – Followed by the drained cauliflower and macaroni.
# – Give it a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper (Actually you can season the cheese sauce first before adding in the cauliflower/pasta but I forgot :P). Stir.
# – Sprinkle more grated parmesan all over the top.
# – Place the halved cherry tomatoes all over the top.
# – Stick it in the oven, on a top rack to grill at 210 degree celcius for 10 minutes or till the top is browned.
# – Cauliflower macaroni cheese, DONE!
Cheesy, creamy and soft but most importantly, easy to whip up. The ultimate comfort food! I guess you can say it’s quite healthy too as there’s no meat involved.
But who am I kidding? Something that tastes this good CAN’T be healthy, hahaha.