CH Is for Cheesy Mac Bites
It’s a kid favorite with a twist!
Kids love macaroni and cheese, and this is a really fun (and wholesome) way to make and eat this always-popular lunchtime classic!
We try to keep things natural and healthy in our ABC Snacks recipes, and this one is no different. We even added a surprise ingredient to make this recipe healthier and to add a seasonal twist.
And our little helper agreed that adding a little bit of pureed pumpkin to these Cheesy Mac Bites made them even yummier. So, if you’re in the mood for some old-fashioned comfort food that is healthy and delicious all at the same time, this recipe is for you. I hope you’ll enjoy these Cheesy Mac Bites just as much as Jackson did!
Cheesy Mac Bites
Here’s what you’ll need to make eighteen Cheesy Mac Bites:
- ½ pound elbow macaroni
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ can pureed pumpkin
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- In a medium-sized pan, combine butter and flour over medium heat. Whisk until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Slowly add milk and bring to a simmer. Add 1 ½ cups of cheese, cream cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir until smooth and creamy. Remove from heat.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine pasta, cheese sauce, and pumpkin until thoroughly mixed.
- Spoon mac and cheese into muffin tins. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool for 5 minutes before gently removing the bites from muffin tin.
Adapted from Chef In Training
What’s your child’s favorite comfort food? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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