Cauliflower Cheese with Crispy Bacon

This recipe works in combination with: Chicken & Mushroom Quesadillas, Spicy Chicken Jambalaya. This recipe features in these meal plans: Cheap & Easy, Simple and Easy.

Cauliflower and crispy bacon in a classic cheese sauce, topped with crunchy croutons.


  • 175g of value smoked back bacon, chopped
  • 200g of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 100g of croutons
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 600ml of milk
  • 60g of plain white flour
  • 30g of Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 tsp margarine/butter
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • Serves: 4
  • Course: Main Course
  • Preparation time: 5 mins
  • Cooking time: 25 mins
  • Oven temp: 180c
  • Price per person: £1.41
  • Store cupboard: Basic
  • Calories per serving: 835
  • 5-a-day per serving: 1.3
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  1. Preheat the grill to high. Cook the cauliflower in lightly salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes, or until tender. Drain and transfer to an ovenproof dish.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the bacon for 4-5 minutes, or until crispy.
  3. To make the cheese sauce, melt the margarine/butter in a saucepan. Stir in the flour and cook over a medium heat for 1 minute. Turn down the heat and add only as much milk as the mixture can absorb to make a slightly smoother paste. Work the paste into a smooth and glossy consistency before adding a little more milk. Repeat until the paste has a creamy consistency. Gradually stir in the remaining milk and turn up the heat. Bring to the boil and simmer, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens. Stir in two-thirds of the cheese, the mustard and bacon and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the sauce over the cooked cauliflower and top with the croutons. Mix the remaining cheddar cheese with the Parmesan and sprinkle over the top. Grill for 10 minutes, or until golden.

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