Cauli-Peas n Cheese

Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook time: 15 mins | Total time: 20 mins

Course: Side | Servings: 4

Difficulty level: Easy


  • 1 medium cauliflower, leaves and core included
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 ½ tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • 100 grams grated cheese, parmesan + cheddar in equal ratios
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 slice white bread, cut into bite size squares
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp roasted garlic flakes


  • Preheat air fryer to 160 C
  • Cut the cauliflower into bite size florets, and roughly chop the core and leaves. In a mixing bowl, loss the cauliflower with 2 tbsp of the olive oil, salt to taste and pepper. Transfer cauliflower to the fry basket of the air fryer, and air-fry at 160 C for 10 minutes, checking and stirring the cauliflower at the halfway mark to ensure it is evenly cooked through. The end result you’re aiming for is a nice caramelization on the cauliflower, browning at the edges
  • While the cauliflower is cooking, melt butter in a pan on medium-low heat. Add flour and stir. Cook until the flour browns slightly, about 2 mins. Whisk in ½ cup of the milk, stirring continuously to get a smooth thick paste with no lumps. Add the rest of the milk, and allow the sauce to cook until it reaches a thick consistency. Add peas and cook for another 2 mins. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Turn off the heat and add the cheese. Mix well until the cheese dissolves.
  • In a separate pan, add olive oil on medium-high heat. Once hot, add bread, chilli flakes and garlic flakes. Toss until bread is toasted and crisp. Remove from pan.
  • Remove cauliflower from the air fryer and transfer it to a serving dish. Pour the cheese sauce over the cauliflower.
  • To serve, top with toasted bread and grate some parmesan. Serve hot
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