Last week I showed you how to make smoked jalapeño popper mac & cheese. It was delicious, and three out of the five of us could enjoy it. There were still these two sad little faces that didn’t get any. I think they knew they were missing out on something good. I’d rather not give them a dish that’s full of bacon, jalapeños, and milk. At least not yet. It inspired me to create a new recipe for them: Macaroni and Cheese for the Little Ones.
With this recipe I wasn’t trying to trick the girls into eating anything. They love all the ingredients separately, so putting them together turned out to be a no-brainer. I just wanted to find a good alternative to the regular macaroni and cheese we usually eat. After they’re a year old and can have milk, we’ll revisit this. Until then, they can still enjoy a yummy, cheesy pasta with the rest of us. With a little bit of extra seasonings and some salt, it’s even good enough for the whole family to enjoy.
Macaroni and Cheese for the Little Ones only takes a few ingredients, and is very quick and easy to make. It’s simply pasta, cheese, sweet potato, and some pasta cooking water. While the pasta was cooking, I microwaved the sweet potato long enough to get it nice and soft. Then I peeled it, mashed it, and stirred in the cheese. When the pasta was done, I drained it, keeping some of the water to mix into the sauce. Then just mix everything together, and you’re done!
These girls went crazy for this macaroni and cheese! To lessen some of the mess on the floor, we put a little at a time on their trays. If we didn’t keep up with their pace, they both yelled at us for more! I love this because they’re getting whole grains, dairy, and a vegetable. I gave them some shredded chicken on the side. The next night I mixed in some peas and carrots. The possibilities are endless.
Does your family enjoy macaroni and cheese as much as we do?
- 7 ounces elbow pasta
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- 1 cup reserved pasta water
- Cook pasta according to package instructions.
- Microwave potato long enough to get soft, approximately 5 minutes.
- Peel and mash potato.
- Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of cooking water.
- Combine all ingredients and stir until cheese has melted.