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Ultimate cauli cheese recipe

Ultimate cauli cheese recipe

89 ratings

Jamie Oliver says, "Crispy bacon and spring onions provide unbelievable base flavour, while the unmistakable addition of Red Leicester makes this one cauliflower cheese experience not to be missed." See method

  • Serves 8-10 as a side
  • 20 mins to prepare and 1 hr 30 mins to cook
  • 209 calories / serving
  • Freezable


  • 2 large cauliflowers
  • 4 rashers of higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon (optional)
  • 1 bunch of spring onions (100g)
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 120g plain flour
  • 1.2ltr semi-skimmed milk
  • 250g mixed Cheddar and Red Leicester cheese
  • 2 tsp English mustard

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    17g 24%
  • Saturates

    10g 49%
  • Sugars

    12g 13%
  • Salt

    0.9g 15%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 24g Protein 17.4g Fibre 4g


Jamie Oliver
  1. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Break the cauliflowers into florets, finely slicing any nice large leaves with the stalks. Cook the florets in a large pan of boiling salted water for 10 mins or until slightly softened, then drain and leave to steam-dry.
  2. To make the sauce, finely chop the bacon (if using) and place in a large pan on a medium heat for 2 mins, or until crisp.
  3. Meanwhile, trim and finely chop the spring onions, then stir into the pan, followed 2 mins later by the butter. Once melted, whisk in the flour to make a paste, then gradually add the milk, whisking as you go until smooth. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-10 mins, or until thickened and silky.
  4. Turn off the heat and grate in two-thirds of the cheese. Stir in the mustard, then taste and season to perfection. Mix in the cauliflower and leaves, then tip into a baking dish (30 x 40cm). Grate over the remaining cheese, then place on a baking tray and bake for 1 hr, mixing and basting halfway through, until crispy and golden.

Jamie's tip: "Embrace the whole cauliflower for a fuss-free side: leaves, stalks and all!"

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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