Macaroni and Cheese
I know lots of fussy children who only ever want to eat plain pasta with grated cheese. Maybe with a little gentle persuasion they could be enticed to try this tasty macaroni cheese. You can make this macaroni cheese with or without the ham and tomato – it’s a really delicious macaroni and cheese sauce. Pasta provides a good source of complex carbohydrate, so this macaroni will boost your child’s energy levels as well as providing a good source of protein and calcium.
350 g (12 oz) macaroni
45 g (1 1/2 oz) butter
40 g (1 1/2 oz) breadcrumbs (2 medium slices bread, white or wholemeal, crusts removed)
Cook the pasta according the packet instructions in plenty of salted boiling water.
Melt the butter, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually add the milk, stirring over a low heat for 5–6 minutes. Take off the heat, stir in the Gruyère and Parmesan until melted, then the mascarpone.
Drain the pasta, return to the pan, pour over the cheese sauce and heat through gently. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and shredded ham.
Transfer to a greased ovenproof dish (approximately 26 cm x 17 cm x 5 cm (9 in x 6 in x 2 in). Mix together the breadcrumbs and Parmesan and sprinkle on top. Place under a preheated grill until golden and bubbling.
Suitable for freezing
MAKES 4 PORTIONS
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes