Here is a quick pasta recipe your baby is sure to love, pairing the key ingredients of cheese and pasta. One of the all time favourites, and perhaps the ultimate comfort food, this Baked Macaroni and Cheese is so simple to make, yet so delicious and filling. Little tummies will love it!
Whilst traditional macaroni and cheese is baked in the oven, there are stovetop variations, as well, which lead to creamier textures. Macaroni and cheese has its origins in a French dish called makerouns, a quick pasta dish combining cheese and pasta in a casserole, recorded in a medieval French cookbook, written in the 14th century. Who knew it would still be so popular today?
Both of my boys love their pasta, so I was looking for extra pasta dishes to work into their menu rotation, and this recipe seemed ideal. It instantly takes me back to my own childhood and growing up eating mac 'n' cheese - nothing beats the taste of the crispy top layer that has been browned in the oven.
This dish can be served on its own or as a side dish as part of a larger meal. I hope your little ones enjoy it as much as mine do. :)
This recipe yields approximately 6-8 servings.
30g unsalted butter
45g red onion, peeled and finely chopped
30g plain flour
500ml full fat milk
1/4 tsp ground black pepper (optional)
250g pasta shapes
200g mature Cheddar, grated