Recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese with a parmesan and walnut crumb topping


Cheese sauce:
60g butter
50g all-purpose flour
750ml milk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mature cheddar, grated

Roasted cauliflower:
1 head cauliflower, broken into small florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Parmesan and walnut crumb topping:
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (day old ciabatta or boerebrood-style white is best)
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
handful fresh thyme sprigs or 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and freshly ground black pepper

350g macaroni pasta, cooked and drained

How to
Start with the cheese sauce. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and whisk into the foaming butter until combined. The roux will be quite firm at this point. Add the milk in stages, whisking all the while. Once the milk is absorbed, repeat the process several times until you have used all the milk. This method ensures a lump-free consistency and eliminates a ‘raw’ flour taste. Stir through the Dijon mustard and season with salt. Add the cheese to the white sauce and stir until melted.

Preheat the oven to 180º C. Spread the cauliflower florets onto a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil and season. Toss to coat and roast for about 20 minutes.

For the crumb topping, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Rub through by hand to ensure the breadcrumbs are well coated.

Turn the oven up to 200º C. To assemble the Mac and Cheese, pour the cheese sauce over the cooked macaroni. Add the cauliflower and fold through. Transfer to a baking sheet and spread the parmesan crumbs on top. Don’t press down as you want the crumble to be light and chunky. Bake for about 15 minutes until golden and eat. Pronto!!!

Recipe provided by Bibby’s Kitchen @ 36, a food blog by Dianne Bibby. For more details on monthly cooking classes hosted in Johannesburg, email [email protected].

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