Monday, June 13, 2011

Mac and Cheese, Baby Style

Well, kinda baby style. It's a baby food recipe I clipped out of a magazine, but it could just as easily be eaten by adults, because it is yummy. I did a lot of the prep work yesterday when I had time, which made this super easy to throw together today - all I had to do was boil the pasta. I halved the recipe because I didn't neccessarily want 6 1/2 cups. It still made plenty - enough to eat, enough to share, and enough to freeze for another day. Sweets stuffed this in his mouth like he hadn't eaten in a week! And Baby E, if you're reading this, you've got some coming your way tomorrow :-)

Mini Shells and Cheese
From American Baby Magazine, March 2011

4 Tbs. butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups hot milk
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 splash hot sauce (baby won't even notice!)
6 cups cooked mini shells
*I used organic vegetable shells for some fun color*

In a 4 qt pot, cook butter an onions over medium heat until onions become soft and translucent. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Add hot milk, whisking throughly to avoid clumps. Bring to a boil, whisking often to prevent scorching. When milk has thickened, reduce heat, add nutmeg, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring periodically. Whisk in cheddar cheese. Simmer another 2 minutes and add hot sauce. Combine hot pasta and sauce. Keeps for up to a week in the fridge. Makes 6 1/2 cups.


...and enjoy!


  1. That looks WAY better than the processed stuff! Thanks for the recipe- it looks YUMMY!

  2. Hi I'm your newest follower over here from the blog toddle!

    Your meal looks amazing. :o) How old is your Little One?

    I used to be a teacher too!!

  3. Bookmarking this for later, looks great!

    Thanks for linking up to Toddle Along Tuesday at Growing Up Geeky and Our Growing Garden!