Kids’ First Mac and Cheese

Kids’ First Mac and Cheese

Course: Kid-Friendly, Recipes, Vegetarian


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This quick and tasty macaroni and cheese recipe is perfect for busy days. Cooked elbow macaroni is layered in a baking dish with slices of American or cheddar cheese and half-and-half. Crushed Ritz crackers seasoned with salt, pepper, and paprika are sprinkled on top for extra flavor and crunch. Baked until bubbly, this dish is a sure hit with kids and adults alike. Serve it as a comforting meal any day of the week!


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni

  • 3 c. milk or half-and-half

  • 12 to 18 slices of American or cheddar cheese

  • 12 Ritz crackers

  • Salt, pepper and paprika to taste


  • Cook and drain elbow macaroni and let it cool slightly. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 350° and grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan or a large casserole dish with butter.
  • Have your child spoon a third of the pasta into the pan, then pour in 1 cup of the half-and-half and cover it all with 4 to 6 slices of American cheese. Add two more layers of pasta, half-and-half and cheese in the same manner.
  • Next, let your little one crush a dozen crackers in a zipped, plastic bag. Add the salt, pepper and paprika. Shake to mix, then sprinkle the crumbs over the top layer of pasta and cheese.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until bubbly. Serves 6 to 8.
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