Cauliflower Pasta Bake

Cook time 30 minutes
Servings 4


500g large pasta shells
1 head of cauliflower, quartered
1 cup breadcrumbs
250g cheddar cheese, grated
200g bacon, diced
2 sprigs thyme
Sea salt flakes
1 cup thickened cream

Cauliflower Pasta Bake


In a pot of boiling salted water, add the pasta and quartered cauliflower and cook for 8 minutes, reserving ¼ cup cooking water.

In a bowl, add the breadcrumbs, ½ of the cheese, diced bacon, thyme and pinch of salt and toss to combine.

Once the pasta and the cauliflower are cooked, drain and add to a deep roasting tray with a small amount of the cooking water. With a fork, smash the cauliflower to break it up into smaller chunks. Add the remaining cheese, thickened cream and toss through until combined. Season with salt.

Top the pasta with the breadcrumb mixture and place in a 200°C oven for 8 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.