Cauliflower and broccoli cheese with bacon and leek

This is a great midweek dinner or lunch that takes very little time to do and is full of veg! My husband refuses to accept it as a meal unless it’s got some kind of meat involved hence the bacon!! I’d be happy just having the veg myself.


Half a cauliflower

Half a broccoli

1 leek

3 pieces of bacon




Cheese (cheddar or similar)

Wholegrain mustard

Chop the broccoli and cauliflower into small florets. Cut the bacon into strips and the leek into small pieces.

Pop the broccoli and cauliflower into a pan and boil

In a little oil or butter fry the bacon and leeks on a high heat for a couple of mins then reduce to a low heat and leave to soften while the veg are boiling.

To make the sauce- melt 40g of butter in a pan on a medium heat.

Add 40g of plain flour and cook out for 2mins until the colour deepens a little

Using a balloon whisk, add 3/4 pint of milk in a constant dribble whisking non-stop until you’ve got a smooth paste- at this point you can add the rest of the milk and stir. Keep stirring while the milk heats and the sauce thickens.

Add some grated cheese. The more mature the cheese, the less you need to flavour the sauce.

Add a teaspoon of whole grain mustard. Keep stirring the sauce so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Drain the veg

Put them back in the pan with the leek & bacon

Pour over the sauce and stir everything in


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