Cauliflower cheese monsters

Get creative when cooking with kids by making cheese and pasta monsters
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Recipe by: Mixer | Eat Move Learn cook

We’ve turned this cauliflower cheese into a monster that will get everyone smiling around the dinner table. A firm family favourite that is bound to get the whole family saying “cheese!”

This recipe is from our Eat Move Learn programme helping kids to eat healthily and stay active. You can see all of our recipes suitable for young cooks here.

Suitable for young cooks



  • 1 small head of cauliflower, broken into pieces
  • 200g wholewheat dried penne pasta
  • 2 heaped teaspoons cornflour
  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
  • 100g low-fat cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 radishes, curly leaf parsley and a pepper for the face (optional)
45 minutes

Nutrition information (per serving)

5 A DAY:
  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water according to the instructions on the packet, without adding salt. When cooked, drain and cover.
  2. Meanwhile, you can also boil the cauliflower in a pot of water for about 15 minutes until the cauliflower is soft. When the cauliflower is cooked, drain it using a colander.
  3. Spoon the cauliflower into an ovenproof dish, along with most of the pasta – leaving about 10 pasta pieces aside.
  4. In a small bowl and using a spoon, mix the cornflour with a little milk to make a paste.
  5. Put the rest of the milk in a saucepan and heat it on the hob until it starts to boil.
  6. Add the cornflour paste and keep stirring until the milk becomes thicker.
  7. Stir in the mustard powder and half of the cheese.
  8. Pour the cheesy sauce over the cauliflower and pasta.
  9. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top.
  10. Place under a grill until it is golden and bubbling.
  11. Once cooked, you can monster-fy your cauliflower cheese! Stick in the saved pasta pieces to look like spiky hair, add some radishes for eyes, curly leaf parsley for eyebrows and a slice of pepper for the mouth and nose. Now you have your cheesy cauliflower monster!
If you have other spare vegetables in the fridge, see what you can use to add more features to the monster!