Mighty 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 macaroni
- 4 medium tomatoes, skinned, seeded and chopped
- 75g sliced ham, shredded (optional)
- 45g butter
- 45g flour
- 450 ml milk
- 85g Gruyère, grated
- 60g freshly grated Parmesan
- 150g mascarpone
- 40g breadcrumbs (2 medium slices bread, white or wholemeal, crusts removed)
- 20g freshly grated Parmesan
- 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.