Save or pin this page for next time you have some random leftovers! It’s a crowd pleaser for parents and kids, and your kids can help you prepare it.

What you need:
– 2 tbsp of wheat flour
– 2 tbsp of butter or alternative
– 1tsp dried garlic, parsley, 1/2tsp black pepper
– 1/2 cup milk
– 2 cups of cherry/grape tomatoes (if serving to kids ensure they were halved)
– 1 cup pasta of choice (elbow macaroni, I used salad macaroni because that’s what I had)
– 3/4 cup cheese of choice (shredded is a good choice) + 1/4 cup for the top
– 1/2 – 1 cup shredded meat (I was using up some lamb, this is optional)
– Chive to garnish at the end (optional)

What to do:
1. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and whisk until combined
2. Add the milk and keep whisking until completely incorporated and thickened
3. Add the cheese/spices and let melt
4. Cook the macaroni until al dente
5. Mix the macaroni into the cheese sauce, add the meat and tomatoes
6. Pour into a baking dish and add the last 1/4 cup cheese to the top
7. Cook on 400F for about 20 minutes until the top is golden brown and the tomatoes are soft

This recipe is very forgiving! Feel free to mix and match if you have other veggies or meat at home.



Hi, I'm Thalia the Dietitian. I help parents raise healthy, intuitive eaters and foster healthy food relationships with their children. I'm an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist. I teach nutrition to college students, author higher education materials to accompany textbooks that engages students, and I'm mum to two little ladies (and a retired guide dog lab.)


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