I grew up eating Macaroni & Cheese (we didn’t call it Mac & Cheese). My mother used Velveeta for the cheese sauce.
I haven’t had it since I was a child.
I like more stuff in my pasta dishes… Like vegetables. And tuna.
The Brits are big fans of Cauliflower Cheese.
So I just tossed all the ideas together.
We were happy.
I put it into the oven for 10 minutes while we had an Avocado Salad. We needed something green.
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Tuna & Cauliflower Pasta
The pasta and cauliflower are cooked together – easy clean-up!
I used white cheddar – that’s what I get here.
You can serve this immediately, or put it all into a baking dish in a warm 150C (300F) oven for 10 minutes.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: One Dish Dinners
- 8oz (240gr) cauliflower,cut into florets (1/4 – 1/3 head)
- 2 tbs butter
- 2 tbs flour
- 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) chicken broth
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) milk
- 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
- 1 cup (4oz, 125gr) shredded cheddar cheese
- 9oz (270gr) tuna
- 1 1/4 cups (4oz, 120gr) medium pasta
- Heat a large pot of water to boiling over high heat.
- When water is boiling add pasta and cauliflower.
- Cook until both are done.
- Melt butter over medium heat in a small saucepan.
- Add flour and stir constantly until hot.
- Slowly add chicken broth, stirring to combine and thicken.
- When smooth, start adding milk and continue to stir until heated through.
- Stir in mustard and cheese.
- Heat just until cheese is melted.
- Put tuna into a large pasta bowl, breaking it up with a fork.
- When pasta and cauliflower are done, drain and add to tuna.
- Toss lightly to mix then pour cheese sauce over.
- Toss to combine and serve.
- Or bake for 10 minutes 150C (300F)
The instructions assume 11 minutes cooking time for the pasta. If your pasta takes longer, wait a few minutes before adding the cauliflower…. or vice versa. You don’t need to be too precise.
- Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
- Calories: 837
- Sugar: 7.3 g
- Sodium: 1482 mg
- Fat: 38.7 g
- Saturated Fat: 21 g
- Trans Fat: 0.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 59.3 g
- Fiber: 4.3 g
- Protein: 58 g
- Cholesterol: 151.3 mg
Keywords: tuna, cauliflower, pasta, cheese
For totally different flavors: Linguine with Tuna, Feta & Capers
It has been said that The U.K. and the U.S. are 2 countries divided by a common language.
After living here for a very long time I am firmly convinced that is true.
Instead of British English becoming more familiar it continues to be a challenge.
When I’m speaking to a French person, in French, the make an effort to help me understand.
When I’m speaking to an English person in English, they just assume I know what they’re talking about.
My neighbor made spagbol for dinner. Translation: Spaghetti Bolognese.
A friend made cauliflower cheese. Translation: Cauliflower Gratin.
Gammon is ham before it’s cooked. One buys gammon but eats ham.
Builders tea is very strong tea, usually with milk and sugar.
Fine – they have no idea what a PB&J is.
One that I’m hearing more often lately is ‘chuffed’. I think it means pleased or happy…. but, it could also mean angry or upset.
I’ve been afraid to ask….
Fancy dress is a costume party. A formal do (party) would require a smoking jacket.
The one that got me in serious trouble: fanny – as in fanny pack. The Brits call it a bum bag. Fanny is the British equivalent of c*nt.
I only made that mistake once.
4 thoughts on “Tuna & Cauliflower Pasta”
I have never heard the term Builders Tea and the word gammon is not used in Australia where ‘one’ does experience a lot of English vocabulary!
Gammon has always been confusing for me – and, apparently, the actual Brits because I keep getting different answers. Builders Tea was new until my book club lol
Chuffed is pleased. 🙂
I still make my mac and cheese with Velveeta. That’s a cheese I rarely ate growing up. But my mac and chees has Velveeta, evaporated milk, eggs, sautéed onions, a little garlic…I love Velveeta. My mother in law was a fabulous cook, but she couldn’t make mac and cheese to save her life. It was elbow macaroni and grated cheddar. Period. Blech.
Velveeta does have it’s uses – makes the best grilled cheese, too. Sometimes we just have to go with what works and ignore the food police lol