Pasta with Cauliflower Cheese Sauce

So, my kids are pretty good about eating vegetables, but I’m still always looking for new ways to get even more in to them. They’re not so keen on cauliflower in its cauliflower state, but they do like cauliflower soup so I thought I’d try making a sauce out of it. Throw in some (okay, a lot of) cheese, and you have yourself a winner!

Ingredients (serves 2 adults & 2 children)

  • 350g pasta (we used gluten free tagliatelle)
  • 350g cauliflower (roughly half a large or two thirds of a medium to small head)
  • 50g butter
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 150ml milk
  • 100g grated Parmesan
  • salt & pepper
  • a pinch of ground or freshly grated nutmeg
  • parsley to serve (optional)


  • Bring two saucepans of salted water to the boil, one for the pasta, one for the cauliflower.
  • Cook the pasta as per packet instructions until done.
  • Roughly chop up the cauliflower, und cook for 8-10 minutes on a medium heat until tender.
  • While the pasta and the cauliflower are boiling, melt the butter in a saucepan and fry the garlic in the butter for a minute or so until starting to turn golden, being careful not to let it burn!
  • Once cooked tender, puree the cauliflower with the garlic butter, milk and Parmesan – I used a blender stick for this.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg.
  • Serve the pasta topped with the sauce, and optionally sprinkle some parsley on top. Finely chopped fresh parsley if you have it, but a few shakes of dried parsley will also do. My boys love it! (and it also adds a nice pop of colour to an otherwise quite beige meal…)

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Comments: 9

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    24 January 2019

    This sounds yummy. My kids would love this so will have to remember for a quick tea!

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    Sonia Cave

    24 January 2019

    Looks and sounds delicious. Cauliflower cheese was a firm favourite when I was weaning our twins, but now only one will eat cheesy pasta. He is addicted and the other one can not stand it!

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    25 January 2019

    Great idea to put the cauliflower cheese with pasta. I find kids will try most food if it comes with pasta. It looks yummy.

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    25 January 2019

    What a great idea. My two have an aversion to cheese though so I’d probably have a mutiny on my hands!

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    25 January 2019

    This looks delicious and such a quick dish to make! We are all fans of cheese in our house so this would go down a treat! :)

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    25 January 2019

    This sounds delicious. My son also doesn’t like cauliflower but hidden in a sauce he might just eat it. If not I’ll enjoy it!

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    27 January 2019

    This is a great recipe, I’d never think of doing this with cauliflower. My kids are crap at eating veg so I’m definitely going to try this out xx

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    1 February 2019

    I must confess, I often run away from cauliflower but this is a nice way to include it in m diet.

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    19 February 2019

    I personally love cauliflower, so the flavor in here totally won’t bother me, and this looks like such a good way to have a mac and cheese that is a bit less fattening and won’t make me feel like crap the next day. Thank you for the great recipe! Pinned.

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