Cauliflower cheese pasta

Creamy sauce, crispy garlic & cauli leaf breadcrumbs

Cauliflower cheese pasta

Serves Serves 4
Time Cooks In30 minutes
DifficultyNot too tricky
Nutrition per serving Plus
  • Calories 450 23%
  • Fat 11.5g 16%
  • Saturates 4.3g 22%
  • Sugars 8.8g 10%
  • Salt 0.6g 10%
  • Protein 18.9g 38%
  • Carbs 75.4g 29%
  • Fibre 5g -
Of an adult's reference intake
Recipe From

7 Ways

By Jamie Oliver
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  • 100 g stale sourdough bread
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ a head of cauliflower (400g)
  • olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 400 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 300 g dried spaghetti
  • 70 g Cheddar cheese
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Recipe From

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By Jamie Oliver
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  1. Tear the bread into a food processor. Peel and add the garlic, then tear in any nice leaves from your cauliflower. Add ½ a tablespoon of olive oil, blitz into fairly fine crumbs, then tip into a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes, or until golden and crisp, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the onion, then roughly chop with the cauliflower, stalk and all.
  3. Tip the crispy crumbs into a bowl, returning the pan to the heat. Pour in the milk and add the chopped veg, bring just to the boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer.
  4. Alongside, cook the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions. Just before the pasta is ready, carefully pour the cauliflower mixture into the processor (there’s no need to wash it), grate in the cheese, blitz until super smooth, then season to perfection, and return to the pan. Drain the pasta, reserving a mugful of starchy cooking water.
  5. Toss the pasta through the sauce, loosening with a splash of reserved cooking water, if needed, then serve with the crispy crumbs, for sprinkling.


Crunchy breadcrumbs like this are a joy, and would work on anything from salads to soups and stews, adding a nice bit of texture and extra flavour.

The principle of the sauce can be embraced with your favourite veg, go orange with carrot or squash, or green with broccoli, have fun with it!

Recipe From

7 Ways

By Jamie Oliver