A cheesy pasta bake is the perfect dish for toddlers to get stuck into with a fork! Cook the pasta al dente so it’s easy to spear. Ready in 35 minutes (5 minutes prep time, 30 minutes cooking time), serves 4 toddlers.


100 g macaroni

50 g frozen peas

15 g unsalted butter

1 tbsp plain flour

200 ml whole milk

50 g ham, roughly chopped

50 g British mild cheddar, grated

50 g dried breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Add the macaroni to a pan of boiling salted water and cook for 10-12 minutes. Add the peas for the final 2 minutes of cooking time.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pan and stir in the flour with a wooden spoon. Slowly add the milk, stirring continuously. Bring to the boil and cook for 2 minutes, then stir in the ham and cheddar.
  3. Drain the macaroni and peas, then stir through the cheese sauce. Pour into a small baking dish and top with the breadcrumbs. Bake in the hot oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden and bubbling.

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This recipe is courtesy of Sainsbury’s. You can find more toddler recipes on their website here.