Cauliflower and bacon macaroni bake

This is something that my husband and I just had to share. We have been hanging to have a mac and cheese for ages but couldnt find a recipe that caught my attention and I’m not the biggest cheese lover in the world and yet now we have found one! This recipe is glorious and there is no reason to stop at adding just cauliflower. You could try all sorts of things.

Cooking Time

25 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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. 3Preheat 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.


  • Make up to 2 days ahead, but don’t grill. Store, covered, in the fridge. Preheat oven to 180°C. Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through and cheddar melts.

Another couple of differences that we did was just use any cheese that we had which meant parmesan, mozzerella and cheddar all went in, we used curly parsley (cos thats what we have growing in the yard) and put that in with the bacon mixture, once we had mixed the sauces with the pasta and cauliflower we then sprinkled homemade breadcrumbs over the top with a little extra parmesan and put it in the oven on 180 celsius to finish off the top. DEVINE!


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