Cauliflower Mac with Roasted Hazelnuts.

This comforting dish is delicious and versatile as it can serve as a day to day family meal yet with the crunchy sour dough and roast hazelnut topping it gives it a whole lot of pizzazz that qualifies it as a dinner party dish too!

Serve with a crisp peppery rocket salad and you’ll have a family favourite on your hands. Yes the kids love it – but hold onto your croutons as they try and pinch the lot!

Cauliflower Mac with Roasted Hazelnuts.
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Sian
Serves 6-8
  • 500g packet of Macaroni
  • ½ small Cauliflower , cut into florets
  • 2 ½ cups of water
  • ½ cup of plain flour
  • ½ cup of nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ cup non – dairy spread
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 3-4 slices sourdough bread, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons non-dairy spread, melted
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180c.
  2. Cook pasta in large saucepan of boiling salted water until cooked (5-6minutes). Add the cauliflower florets after 3 minutes. Drain and return cauliflower & pasta to pan.
  3. In a small saucepan place water, flour, nutritional yeast flakes, salt, garlic powder & mustard powder. Whisk over medium heat until thick. Remove from heat.
  4. Whisk in margarine & mustard powder. Pour over cooked, drained & rinsed pasta & cauliflower. Season to taste, add thyme and pour into a baking dish or heavy ovenproof pot.
  5. In a frypan, lightly roast the hazelnuts; keep moving them around on a high heat for 1-2 minutes. Remove from the pan and place in a food processer. Add the roughly chopped sour dough bread & parsley.  Pulse briefly. You want the hazelnuts to be chopped in ½ to a ¼ and not make the mixture crumbly. Nice and rough with large pieces of bread.
  6. Top the macaroni with the sour dough & hazelnut topping. Pour over the melted non-dairy spread and place in the oven, uncovered for 5-10 minutes. (If you have a grill option on your oven this is even better to toast the top of your dish.)
  7. Serve with a rocket salad.
  8. Options: Leave out the pasta and make this a vegetable bake.

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