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Cauliflower Cheese - Quick and Easy Recipe

Updated on September 9, 2014
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Cauliflower Cheese - Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipe

I love cauliflower cheese - it's very easy to make - even a beginner would find it easy.

It is also nutritious, looks good and tastes delicious. Comfort food at its finest. And a great vegetarian meal.

The secret is only to par-cook the cauliflower before pouring the sauce over it, because it will carry on cooking, and you don't want it to go mushy and strong-smelling.

The Most Important Thing is Not to Overcook the Cauliflower

10 minutes will do nicely, so that it is still a bit hard when you remove it from the boiling water

Equipment for making Quick and Easy Cauliflower Cheese - Assemble your equipment before starting

Equipment for making Cauliflower Cheese:

Large Oven-Proof Dish

Large Saucepan

Small saucepan, preferably non-stick

Tablespoon for measuring

Wooden Spoon for mixing

Cheese Grater

This Traditional Oven Proof Dish Would be Suitable to Make Cauliflower Cheese

Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French Oven, Cherry Red
Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French Oven, Cherry Red

It always helps to have the right equipment. This lovely casserole dish will last for years, and you can use it on top of the stove, in the oven, and it is even good-looking enough to bring to the table

 
  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 4
cauliflower boiling - cauliflower cheese recipe
cauliflower boiling - cauliflower cheese recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Cauliflower
  • Half a pound of Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons of Flour
  • Half an ounce of Butter
  • Three quarters of a pint of Milk
  • 1 Teaspoonful of Mixed Herbs
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to taste
  • Optional: a pinch of crushed chilli seeds or paprika
  • Optional: Quarter of a chopped Onion
  • Optional: 1 Clove of Garlic
  • Optional: Half a Red Pepper
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Instructions

  1. Wash the cauliflower and cut it up into florets. You can also use the leaves, cut small,
  2. Cover the cauliflower iwith water, and boil for 5 - 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 7 (250).
  4. Then remove the part-cooked cauliflower from the water and put it in an oven-proof dish, retaining the water for later use.
  5. Meanwhile, whilst the cauliflower is boiling, melt the butter in a saucepan, preferably non-stick, over a low heat.
  6. Add the flour, a little at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon, to make a roux (a thick paste). Keep stirring the mixture and pressing it against the side of the pan, to prevent lumps forming. Once you have made the roux, gradually add the milk, a very little at a time, stirring constantly to make a smooth paste, and squashing out the lumps. Keep stirring until you have added all the milk and it gradually thickens. If you are short of milk, you can use some of the water in which the cauliflower was boiled.
  7. Add most of the grated cheese, holding back about a tablespoonful, which will be used to sprinkle over the top in due course.
  8. Continue stirring, being careful to scrape the mixture from the bottom of the pan, as it will have a tendency to stick to the base and sides. When it comes to the boil, it should have the consistency of thick but not solid custard. If it is too thick, add a little of the vegetable water until it is slightly runny, but not sloppy. Whilst you are stirring, add herbs, salt and pepper to taste. If you like a slight tang, add a few chilli seeds or paprika (you can just see that in the photograph above right). Remove the saucepan from the heat as soon as it has boiled.
  9. Mix any further optional vegetables (chopped onion, chopped garlic, and/or chopped red pepper) in with the cauliflower and then pour the sauce over it, covering all the cauliflower. Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese over the top.
  10. Place the oven-proof dish in the oven for about twenty minutes on the top shelf, until it is lightly browned.
  11. Then serve.
  12. And there on the right is one I baked earlier - you can choose whether you want the top to be pale brown like this one on the left or or darker brown like the one in the introduction photograph

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This looks great, and I just happen to have a cauliflower in the fridge! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @RPWag: If you are not used to cooking much, you need to look out for "quick and easy recipes" - I've even done pages on how to cook vegetables - I hadn't a clue how to cook anything whatsoever when I left home, apart from toast, so I like to explain the basics to people who haven't got a helpful mother-in-law like I had.

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      RPWag 3 years ago

      I really do love quite a few vegetables, but hardly ever eat them. Easy recepies may be the answer. Thank you

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Nice simple recipe with foods I really like. Nice to learn about it.

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @BritFlorida: That's great, thank you so much

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      It looks and sounds good. : )

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Just to let you know that I added this to the British recipes page at https://hubpages.com/food/british-recipes - if you have more,let me know :)

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Lorelei Cohen: Or you could even have both

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      anitabreeze 4 years ago

      This looks great, will try it out for sure!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Looks delicious. I would substitute the red pepper with broccoli. Oooooh so good.

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      I love cauliflower

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      Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great recipe, I use the Orgreenic frying pan, it works great!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I will sure have to try your Cauliflower Cheese Recipe. I love cauliflower but forget about purchasing it and cooking it. Thanks for the heads up on a great sounding recipe.

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      This sounds delicious and might be a way to get my cheese-loving daughter to eat cauliflower! I'm going to give it a try!

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @BarbaraCasey: Delighted and bon appetit!

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Printed and in the recipe binder!

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      Looks delicious.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Must try it soon. sounds so delicious.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh, this cauliflower cheese is now on my must try list of recipes. It sounds wonderful! My Aunt used to fix something similar only she used cabbage and it was always so good.

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      bjslapidary 6 years ago

      What a great recipe. Can't wait to try it. Again you have the best lens. Great work.

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      LikinTrikin LM 6 years ago

      Oh that looks soooo YUMMY....my husband is the cook in the family can't wait to share this with him.

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      myraggededge 6 years ago

      I lurve cauliflower cheese. We have it at least once a week, often with added leeks (being in Wales, see?). Blessed :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      knit1tat2 6 years ago

      excellent sounding recipie, and thanks for sharing it with us! Next cauliflower I get, will go into this!

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      Cauliflower and cheese is one of my favorites. I haven't had it in ages. Now I'm hungry for it.

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      Sniff It Out 6 years ago

      I love cauliflower cheese, I agree about not overcooking the cauliflower, its not nearly as nice if it goes mushy.