May 11, 2012
I know lots of fussy children who only ever want to eat plain pasta with grated cheese. Maybe with a little gentle persuasion they may be enticed to try this tasty macaroni and cheese. You can make this with or without the ham and tomato -- it's a really delicious cheese sauce. Pasta provides a good source of complex carbohydrates, so this macaroni will boost your child's energy levels as well as providing protein and calcium.
- 3/4 pound macaroni
- 4 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped, optional
- 1/3 cup sliced ham, shredded, optional
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 3/4 cup grated gruyère
- 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
- 3/4 cup mascarpone cheese
- 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs, about 2 slices bread, white or wheat, crusts removed
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
- Cook the pasta in plenty of lightly salted boiling water according the packet directions.
- Melt the butter, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually add the milk, stirring over a low heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Take off the heat, stir in the Gruyère and Parmesan until melted, then the mascarpone cheese.
- Drain the pasta, return to the pan, add the cheese sauce and heat through gently. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and shredded ham, if using.
Transfer to a greased ovenproof dish (approximately 9 in x 5 in x 2 in). Mix together the breadcrumbs and Parmesan and sprinkle on top. Place under a preheated grill until golden and bubbling.
Suitable for freezing.