This is a yummy side to have with lunch or dinner, and it is also a fantastic toddler recipe. Who doesn’t love mac ‘n cheese? Made with fresh ingredients, you can bet this homemade version is a lot healthier for you than Kraft or other boxed, frozen or pre-made macaroni and cheese. And, it’s really easy to make!
You will need:
- 1 pound Macaroni Noodles (I like to use elbows or shells)
- 8 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 3/4 stick Butter
- 1/3 cup Milk
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
In a large pot, boil water, add Salt, and cook Macaroni Noodles according to package directions, adding 1 minute to cooking time so they are softer. Drain and leave in colander. In the large pot, melt Butter and then add the Milk, stirring briskly. Add Cheddar Cheese and Pepper, and heat on Medium, stirring often, until cheese is thoroughly melted. Add Macaroni to pot and stir until it is mixed well with cheese sauce. Serve.
This recipe makes a LOT of mac ‘n cheese. We usually have it with dinner, then lunch the next day, and the rest is frozen for Baby M to enjoy at later meals. I like to freeze it in these Fresh Baby Food Freezer Trays, which are basically ice cube trays with lids. Once the cubes are frozen, I transfer them to Ziplock Freezer Bags. This way the macaroni and cheese is frozen in small one-ounce portions which are super easy to take out and pop into the microwave. Baby M will eat 3-4 cubes at a time, along with some veggies. I love having such an easy go-to toddler meal.
You can purchase the Fresh Baby trays here on Amazon, which is where I got mine. They’re only about $5 each which is very reasonable considering how much use I’ve gotten out of them. I have about 8 of them and LOVE them. Before Baby M could handle solids, I used them all the time to freeze Baby M’s pureed foods, and as you can see I’m still using them now to freeze his toddler food. Well worth purchasing these if you have a little one.