Cauliflower Cheese Pasta Bake

This easy cauliflower cheese pasta bake has all the flavours of a classic cauliflower cheese recipe. However, the addition of whole wheat pasta and a reduced fat cheese sauce make it an altogether much more healthier and filling family dinner option. The recipe makes 6 portions, so it’s perfect for freezing any leftovers!

This easy cauliflower cheese pasta bake has all the flavours of a classic cauliflower cheese recipe. However, the addition of whole wheat pasta and a reduced fat cheese sauce make it an altogether much more healthier and filling family dinner option.

Hello there folks! Today I’m introducing you to this delicious cauliflower cheese pasta bake. It’s our favourite healthier twist on the classic vegetable dish.

This easy cauliflower cheese pasta bake has all the flavours of a classic cauliflower cheese recipe. However, the addition of whole wheat pasta and a reduced fat cheese sauce make it an altogether much more healthier and filling family dinner option.

Firstly, let me say, I love the classic cauliflower cheese recipe! All that lovely gooey cheese sauce and the soft crunch of the cauliflower.

However, what I don’t love about it, is that it can often be quite calorific. Plus, I don’t know about you folks but it often doesn’t fill me up. 😮

This cauliflower cheese pasta bake will.

Before I go off on one persuade you why you’ll love this cauliflower cheese pasta bake let’s get down to the actual recipe first!

Cauliflower Cheese Pasta Bake
 
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This cauliflower cheese pasta bake has all the flavours of a classic cauliflower cheese recipe. The whole wheat pasta and reduced fat cheese sauce making it all the more healthier!
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 225g whole wheat fusilli
  • 900g cauliflower, finely chopped or pulsed to a rice consistency in a food processor
  • 400ml skimmed milk
  • 15g corn flour mixed with 2 tbsp. cold water
  • 175g low fat grated cheese
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C fan.
  2. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water for about 8 minutes, drain, and mix in a large bowl with the cauliflower.
  3. Gently heat the milk in a saucepan and add the corn flour mixture. Stir continuously to form a white sauce ensuring any lumps are removed.
  4. Gradually stir in 150g of the grated cheese, stirring continuously until it’s melted and has thickened to make cheese sauce then stir in the Dijon mustard and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Carefully pour the cheese sauce into the large bowl with the pasta and cauliflower and mix together thoroughly. Season.
  6. Transfer the contents to a suitably sized casserole dish then sprinkle the remaining 25g grated cheese over the top.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until the cheese on top is bubbling.
Notes
Serve with a side salad of lettuce, cucumber and sliced tomatoes.

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Cauliflower Cheese Pasta Bake Nutrition Label

This easy cauliflower cheese pasta bake has all the flavours of a classic cauliflower cheese recipe. However, the addition of whole wheat pasta and a reduced fat cheese sauce make it an altogether much more healthier and filling family dinner option.

This easy cauliflower cheese pasta bake has all the flavours of a classic cauliflower cheese recipe. However, the addition of whole wheat pasta and a reduced fat cheese sauce make it an altogether much more healthier and filling family dinner option.

Why You’ll Love This Cauliflower Cheese Pasta Bake

  • It only takes one hour to make. An ideal family quick healthy meal!
  • Six servings mean leftovers can be frozen, helping towards meal planning when you follow the 80/20 rule
  • It’s only 345 calories per serving. The nutrition section can provide you with more details as to how many calories you need per day
  • A more than recommended daily helping of your vitamin C allowance here, from the cauliflower, will help boost your immune system
  • Kids will love this, and you can be sure they’re getting plenty of vitamins and minerals
  • Can be used as a side dish as well as a main meal

This cauliflower cheese pasta bake was EXACTLY the thing I needed when I arrived home from climbing Beinn Tulaichean on Saturday!

You can read all about that on Thursday, once Lady Lynne decides which photographs are the best. 😉 Otherwise, if it were left to my deliberation, it would be next year before you saw them!

Liam and I’s hillwalking attempt of Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin last Saturday, that I mentioned in the Mexican bean bake post had to be abandoned. For safety reasons. As this photo shows…..

Ben Vorlich Blizzard

Oh, but for those of you who aren’t interested in pictures of me gallantly striding forth into the Scottish mountains. I made a fantastic new weekend breakfast/brunch recipe yesterday. That one is all photographed and ready to burst forth onto your screens next week!

Catch up with you all on Thursday!

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Comments

  1. Cauliflower cheese is actually the only way I can get my husband to eat cauliflower now, and even then he is a bit iffy about it. It think that adding pasta to it would get him on board.
    Great recipe!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I’m wondering why he struggles with it so much Dannii? Is it because it has the “flower” bit in the name? I’m thinking maybe that, because that was my issue when I was a child (not that I’m saying your husband is a child 😉 )

  2. Cauliflower sneaking its way into things again…. Always wanting to FIT IN! 😉
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      And then there’s the wholewheat pasta which has sneaked in too. The pair are in cahoots together!

  3. Cauliflower!!! The magic cruciferous versatile veggie!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Exactly. Everyone should learn to cook cauliflower, not only is it delicious, but as you say Rebecca, it’s extremely versatile too! 🙂

  4. Yay for veggie packed cheese and pasta bakes! And I can imagine how filling this was!
    Looking forward to read about and see pictures of y’alls climb up Beinn Tulaichean on Thursday!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Shashi. Just finalising the Ben Tulaichean pictures as we speak here. I think I’ve got some great winter walking pictures coming for you there! 🙂

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