Tuna & Cauliflower Pasta

I grew up eating Macaroni & Cheese (we didn’t call it Mac & Cheese). My mother used Velveeta for the cheese sauce.

Don’t judge…

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.

  • Author: Kate
  • 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 (1/41/3 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
Tuna Cauliflower 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”

  1. 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

  2. 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

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