Cauli cheese with crunchy sage crumbs

Cauli cheese with crunchy sage crumbs

  • serves 4
  • A little effort

A British comfort food favourite. Creamy cheese sauce and cauliflower, covered in crunchy sage crumbs is warming, filling and a dish the whole family will love.



  • cauliflower 1 large, broken into florets
  • butter 50g
  • plain flour 3 tbsp
  • semi-skimmed milk 400ml
  • grainy mustard 1 good tsp
  • strong cheddar or gruyère 100g
  • sage 10 leaves, roughly chopped
  • white bread 3 slices, cut into chunks
  • parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) 2 tbsp of grated
  • green salad to serve
  • crusty bread to serve


  • Step 1

    Simmer the cauliflower in boiling, salted water until just tender then leave to drain really well while you make the sauce.

  • Step 2

    Melt the butter in a pan, stir in the flour and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring all the time. Gradually add the milk, stirring until you have a smooth sauce. Simmer for a few minutes, then stir in the mustard and cheese.

  • Step 3

    Whizz the bread and sage together to make crumbs and stir in the parmesan.

  • Step 4

    Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Mix the cauliflower with the sauce and tip into individual dishes (or one large baking dish). Sprinkle over the crumbs and bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbling. Serve with salad and crusty bread.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 409
  • Fat 23.9g
  • Carbs 27.7g
  • Fibre 5.2g
  • Protein 21.1g
  • Salt 1.5g