Waitrose Day 8

Cauliflower and broccoli cheese • Photo by PhilAshley.com

Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese is one of our favourite meals even when we’re not doing a £1 food challenge. It doesn’t use a lot of cheese, so isn’t too fattening either. Plus It’s two of your five day hidden in the yummy sauce.

We always make too much of this, but it’s great for lunch the next day, just a few minutes in the microwave, and you have a filling tasty lunch.

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Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese

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Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese
Courtesy of Jamie Oliver from Save with Jamie book

Serves 4 with leftovers


2 cloves of garlic
50g unsalted butter
50g plain flour
500 ml milk
500g fresh or frozen broccoli
75g Cheddar cheese
1 kg fresh cauliflower
2 slices of crusts or stale bread
1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs
1 tablespoon olive oil


Preheat the oven to 180°C or Gas Mark 4.

Peel and finely slice the garlic and put it into a medium pan on a medium heat with the butter.

When the butter has melted, stir in the flour for a minute to make a paste, then gradually add the milk, whisking as you go, until lovely and smooth.

Add the broccoli and simmer for around 20 minutes, or until the broccoli is cooked through and starts to break down, then mash or blitz with a stick blender.

Add the Cheddar and season to taste.

Arrange the florets of cauliflower in a baking dish and pour over the broccoli white sauce and then scatter over the remaining Cheddar.

Blitz the bread into breadcrumbs in a food processor, then pulse in the mixed herbs.

Toss with a glug of oil and a pinch of salt and pepper, then scatter evenly over the cauliflower cheese.

Bake for 1 hour, or until golden and cooked through.