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Creamy Cauliflower & Bacon Fusilli

Creamy Cauliflower & Bacon Fusilli

with Pear Salad & Parmesan Cheese

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Mac ’n’ cheese is the ultimate family side dish – but it needs a little help to transform it into a satisfying meal. So, we’ve added bacon and golden roasted cauliflower to take this classic to the next level, plus a green salad to contrast the rich sauce.

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Total Time30 minutes
Cooking difficultyEasy
Serving amount
Ingredientsarrow down iconarrow down icon
Serving amount

1 portion




2 clove




1 packet


(ContainsGlutenMay be presentSoy, Egg)

1 packet

diced bacon

½ bottle



½ sachet

chicken-style stock powder

1 bag

salad leaves

1 packet

grated Parmesan cheese


Not included in your delivery

olive oil

10 g



½ tsp

plain flour


½ tsp


1 tsp

vinegar (balsamic or white wine)

Nutrition Values/ per serving
Nutrition Valuesarrow down iconarrow down icon
/ per serving
Energy (kJ)4009 kJ
Fat48.9 g
of which saturates27.8 g
Carbohydrate90.1 g
of which sugars14.7 g
Protein34.5 g
Sodium1196 mg
Utensilsarrow down iconarrow down icon
Large Pan
Large Non-Stick Pan
Instructionsarrow up iconarrow up icon
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Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Cut the cauliflower into small florets and place on a lined oven tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat, then roast until tender, 20-25 minutes.


While the cauliflower is roasting, thinly slice the brown onion. Finely chop the garlic. Thinly slice the pear. Cook the fusilli in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until 'al dente', 10 minutes. Reserve some pasta water, then drain the pasta and return to the pan. Drizzle with olive oil to prevent sticking.

TIP: 'Al dente' pasta is cooked through but still slightly firm in the centre.


When the cauliflower has 10 minutes cook time remaining, heat a large frying pan over a medium high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Cook the diced bacon, breaking it up with a spoon, until golden, 5-6 minutes.


Add the onion, garlic and the butter to the frying pan and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the plain flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Reduce the heat to low, then add the longlife cream (see ingredients) and grated Parmesan cheese. Add the chicken-style stock powder (see ingredients) and stir until combined. Add the cooked fusilli and roasted cauliflower, then gently stir to coat. Season with pepper.

TIP: Add a dash of the reserved pasta water if the sauce seems too thick.


In a large bowl, combine the vinegar, honey and a drizzle of olive oil. Season. Add the mixed salad leaves and pear, then toss to coat.


Divide the creamy cauliflower and bacon fusilli between bowls. Serve with the pear salad.