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Crispy Bacon & Cauli Pasta Bake

Crispy Bacon & Cauli Pasta Bake

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(1088 reviews from our customers)

Prep Time

30 min



"Lower carb but full of indulgence, this creamy pasta bake is packed with cauliflower for a lighter twist! Make your creamy sauce from crème fraîche so it's nice and easy then top it all with crispy, cheesy breadcrumbs and a cheeky sprinkling of bacon lardons. I'm in!"

Prep Time

30 min



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For 2 people (double for 4)
1 cauliflower
1 garlic clove
40g cheddar cheese †
5g chives
100g conchiglie †
British bacon lardons
100g British bacon lardons
1 tbsp Dijon mustard †
Panko breadcrumbs edit
30g panko breadcrumbs †
1 pot of crème fraîche (100g) †
You Will Need
Oven-proof dish, pepper, salt, butter, flour

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 40g cheddar cheese<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 5g chives
  • 100g conchiglie<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 100g British bacon lardons
  • 1 pot of Dijon mustard (18g)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 30g panko breadcrumbs<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 pot of crème fraîche (100g)<span class="strong">†</span>
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 625 kJ
149 kcal
2496 kJ
596 kcal
of which saturates
6.8 g
3.8 g
27.2 g
15.3 g
of which sugars
14.7 g
2.7 g
58.9 g
10.6 g
Fibre 1.5 g 6.2 g
Protein 7.1 g 28.3 g
Salt 0.6 g 2.41 g
*Gousto’s nutritional information only applies to ingredients supplied by Gousto. The cooking process and additional ingredients added at home (listed under “What you’ll need”) will affect total values.
Ingredients contain
1 cauliflower
1 garlic clove
40g cheddar cheese
pasteurised cows milk, cream, salt, vegetarian rennet, lactic acid culture
5g chives
chives (100%)
100g conchiglie
semolina of durum wheat (gluten), water
100g British bacon lardons
pork 87%, water, salt, preservatives: sodium nitrite and potassium nitrate, antioxidant: sodium ascorbate
1 pot of Dijon mustard (18g)
water, mustard seed, spirit vinegar, salt, citric acid
30g panko breadcrumbs
Wheat flour (gluten), yeast, Salt
1 pot of crème fraîche (100g)
pasteurised milk (56%), cream (milk) (43%), stabiliser potato starch, lactic starter culture
  • Allergens highlighted by † (milk, gluten, mustard)

In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.

Cooking Instructions
Instructions for 2 people (double for 4)
1 Crispy Bacon & Cauli Pasta Bake

Preheat the oven to 220°C/ 200°C (fan)/ 425°F/ Gas 7

Boil a full kettle

Add the conchiglie to a pot of boiled water with a pinch of salt, bring to the boil over a high heat and cook for an initial 4 min


2 Crispy Bacon & Cauli Pasta Bake

Meanwhile, chop the cauliflower[s] into small florets 

After 4 min, add the cauliflower florets to the pasta and cook for a further 6-7 min or until everything is cooked with a slight bite

Once cooked, drain, reserving 200ml [350ml] starchy cooking water and leave to steam dry in the sieve 

Reserve the pot

3 Crispy Bacon & Cauli Pasta Bake

While the pasta cooks, grate the cheddar cheese

Combine the grated cheese with the panko breadcrumbs – these are your cheesy breadcrumbs

Peel and finely chop (or grate) the garlic

4 Crispy Bacon & Cauli Pasta Bake

Return the reserved pot to a medium heat with 1 tsp [2 tsp] butter

Once hot, add 1 tsp [2 tsp] flour and the chopped garlic cook for 1 min or until a sandy paste forms

Add the starchy pasta water and whisk until smooth

Once smooth, remove the pot from the heat and add the crème fraîche, Dijon mustard and a grind of pepper – this is your sauce

5 Crispy Bacon & Cauli Pasta Bake

Add the drained pasta and cauliflower to the sauce and stir it all together – this is your creamy cauliflower pasta

6 Crispy Bacon & Cauli Pasta Bake

Transfer the creamy cauliflower pasta to an oven-proof dish 

Top with the cheesy breadcrumbs 

Sprinkle over the bacon lardons and put the dish in the oven for 15-20 min or until the bacon is cooked and the breadcrumbs are golden

7 Crispy Bacon & Cauli Pasta Bake

While the creamy cauliflower pasta is baking, chop the chives finely 

Use the rest of this time to clear up, set the table, have a cup of tea or simply chill!


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Leave the bacon & cauliflower pasta bake to stand for a few mins before serving

Garnish with the chopped chives 


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