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Macaroni Cheese With Hidden Veg Sauce


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  • 2 heaped tablespoons butter
  • 2 heaped tablespoons plain flour
  • 500ml milk
  • Salt and pepper to season or half a chicken / vegetable stock cube (I think the stock cube season it perfectly!)
  • 100-200g grate cheese ( I used 120g of extra mature cheddar. You can add as much or as little cheese as you like. The more mature the less you’ll need to flavour the sauce!)
  • Half a head of cauliflower (approx two handfuls of cauliflower florets)
  • A quarter of a head of broccoli (approx one handful of broccoli florets)
  • 100g of pasta per adult, 20-50g of pasta per child.


servings 4
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 20mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Chop into florets and boil or steam your broccoli or cauliflower until tender

Step 2

While the veg is cooking you can start making your cheese sauce…. Put two heaped tablespoons of butter into a pan over a medium heat and cook until it is melted

Step 3

Remove the butter from the heat and stir in two heaped tablespoons plain flour to form a roux

Step 4

Add 500ml of milk and half a stock cube (if using) and put back over a medium heat. Stir and stir the sauce until the milk has heated up and the roux has melted into the milk to give a thicker white sauce. It takes quite a while so be patient, it will go eventually

Step 5

Turn the heat off or down to low and add the cheese, stirring constantly until melted (don;t worry if it isn’t perfectly smooth as we’ll blend later!). You can add it a bit at a time and keep tasting until you find the amount of cheese you like. Put to one side for later

Step 6

When the veg has gone tender drain and add to the pan of cheese sauce. Blend until it forms a smooth sauce. Taste and season if needed

Step 7

Boil up as much pasta as you need and then pour over the sauce. Serve as it or pop in the oven until golden on top

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