Sophie Jude’s Cauliflower cheese with bacon

Sophie Jude’s Cauliflower cheese with bacon
Skill level
Preparation Time
20 minutes
Cooking Time
35 minutes
Serves 6
Christmas Sides


  • 2 medium cauliflower, chopped in florets
  • 8 bacon medallions, chopped into small pieces
  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 1 pint of milk
  • 1/2 tsp English mustard
  • 150g cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt and black pepper


  1. 1Preheat oven to 160°C / fan 190°C / Gas 5.
  2. 2Remove the outer stalks from the cauliflower and chop the cauliflower into florets. Place the florets into a saucepan and cover with boiling water
  3. 3Simmer for approximately four minutes. Drain well in a colander.
  4. 4Place the florets in an ovenproof dish. Fry off the bacon in a pan, then sprinkle in the cauliflower.
  5. 5Method for the cheese sauce
  6. 6In a small saucepan, melt the butter over a low heat.
  7. 7Add the flour and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  8. 8Heat the milk in a pan or microwave and gradually add to the butter and flour. Stir continuously and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the mustard and add in half of the cheese.
  9. 9Pour the sauce over the cauliflower and bacon, and sprinkle over the remaining cheese.
  10. 10Bake in the oven for approximately 35 minutes.