Mac & Cheese with Hidden Veggies
Pasta and cheese seem to be firm favourites for little ones. Here is an adapted version with hidden vegetables... my two year old devoured it!
Toddler recipe for 12months+
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 12 small portions / 6 adult portions
Can be frozen in batches and defrosted
250g uncooked pasta (macaroni/ penne/ rigatoni)
1 head of cauliflower
2 courgettes / zucchini
1 medium onion
2 tbsp or 30g butter
2 tbsp flour
250ml warm milk
120g grated cheese of your choice (I used Provolone Valpadana D.O.P)
30g grated parmesan
Cook the pasta 1-2 minutes less than the actual cooking time so it is a little al-dente, drain and set aside.
Roughly chop the cauliflower florets, peel the courgettes/zucchini and roughly chop them also. Add them into a bowl with a little water in the bottom and steam in the microwave or in a steamer, until tender.
Start the cheese sauce: dice an onion, heat the butter in a saucepan and add the onion to sauté until it becomes soft and translucent
Add the flour and stir for about 2 minutes
Add the warm milk gradually whilst stirring gently with a whisk or spoon
Stir in the grated cheese
When the vegetables are tender, drain and blitz into a puree and add into the cheese sauce
Add the drained pasta into the vegetable cheese sauce and pour into an overproof dish
Sprinkle the grated parmesan on top and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes or until the top is melted, bubbling and golden
Optional: You can add approx. 50g cooked, chopped bacon pieces into this recipe. Add into the sauce at step 8.