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Mighty Macaroni & Cheese

Pasta provides a good source of complex carbohydrates, so macaroni cheese is a great option to boost your child’s energy levels & calcium intake.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4
Great for:  12-18 Months 18 Months-2 Years Kids - 2-4 Years Kids 4+ Years
Suitable for Freezing
Ingredients
350 g macaroni
4 medium tomatoes, skinned, seeded and chopped
75 g sliced ham, shredded (optional)

Cheese Sauce

45 g butter
45 g flour
450 ml milk
85 g Gruyère, grated
60 g Italian hard style cheese, grate
150 g mascarpone

Topping

40 g breadcrumbs (2 medium slices bread, white or wholemeal, crusts removed)
20 g Italian hard style cheese, grated
Method
  1. Cook the pasta according the packet instructions in plenty of salted boiling water.
  2. 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.
  3. Take off the heat, stir in the Gruyère and the Italian hard style cheese until melted, then the mascarpone.
  4. Drain the pasta, return to the pan, pour over the cheese sauce and heat through gently. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and shredded ham.
  5. 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 the Italian hard style cheese and sprinkle on top.
  6. Place under a preheated grill until golden and bubbling.

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