Recipes: Cauliflower And Bacon

Macaroni Cheese

Cauliflower And Bacon Macaroni Cheese

Cooking Time: 25 minutes


290g (2 cups) dried curly pasta
1/2 (about 400g) cauliflower, cut into small florets
2 tbs butter
250g rindless bacon rashers, finely chopped
1/2 brown onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 x 250g pkt cream cheese
625ml (2 1/2 cups) milk
1 tbs Dijon mustard
150g vintage cheddar, coarsely grated
2 tbs chopped fresh continental parsley

Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 8 minutes.
Add the cauliflower.
Cook for 4 minutes or until pasta is al dente and cauliflower is tender.
Drain and return to the pan.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add bacon, onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until the onion softens.
Whisk in cream cheese, milk and mustard.
Season with salt and pepper.
Preheat grill on high.
Combine 40g (1/2 cup) cheddar and half the parsley in a bowl.
Add bacon mixture, remaining cheddar and remaining parsley to the pasta mixture.
Stir to combine.
Transfer to a 2.5L (10-cup) capacity baking dish.
Top with parsley mixture. Cook under grill for 5 minutes or until cheddar melts. Serve.
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