I love Mac N Cheese so much. I love pasta bake and I love cheese. What’s not to love?
When I was living in Guyana I used to get boxes of it when is megs hungover and it was the perfect cure.
I also love love love cauliflower cheese as a side when you go for a fancy roast and this dish combines both.
At the moment it’s a go to recipe for me cos it’s really easy to whip up, it’s got veg in it, it’s semi healthy and it’s easy to make baby portions for Fred. It ticks a lot of boxes!
I use half fat cheddar and crème fraiche but you don’t have to.
This is an adapted Jamie Oliver recipe.. To be honest the only thing I’ve changed is adding peas and using half fat ingreeds.. And he makes a bacon crumb topping but I think it’s a bit excessive for a midweek supper. It’s absolutely amazing though.
Oh the other thing is I changed the proportions of pasta (more veg less pasta) and I use a big tube pasta rather than actual macaroni cos the baby seems to prefer it.
I’m not a loser diet freak though I just like semi healthy alternatives.
So you need:
240g pasta (rigatoni works well it’s got good bite)
Tub of crème fraiche
A large cauliflower (leaves trimmed off vand then quartered)
What to do
Pre heat oven to about 160 on a fan oven and 180 non fan
Cook pasta and cauliflower in one pot.
Drain and reserve some of the cooking water.
Using a potato masher gently break up the cauliflower.
Add the crème fraiche, cheddar, mustard and peas to the pot and mix well. Add some of the reserved cooking water to loosen. The consistency should be nice and wet but not watery.
Transfer to an oven proof dish and bake for 20-30 mins until the top is golden and crunchy.
And that’s it! So easy!
Unfortunately it was so delicious we ate it before I could take any photos.
So here’s a photo of Fred looking megs cute.