What little kid, or big kid for that matter, doesn't like macaroni and cheese? The only problem with the macaroni is that it's too big and messy for babies to eat. I can deal with the mess, but the thought of a macaroni noodle going down wrong sends me into Mommy panic. Orzo is a fantastic remedy to that problem. Orzo looks just like a big grain of rice, but it's actually pasta.
Kids can have funny textural issues. The first time I made this for Kenya he spit it out. Not exactly a compliment to the chef. The second time he tried it he held it hostage in his mouth before spitting it out again. How could he NOT like orzo and cheese?! I thought it would be a sure fire hit. In a last ditched effort, I decided to throw it in the food processor with some whole milk and puree it a bit. Tah dah... he loved it. Sometimes it's not the flavor, but the texture of the puree that babies aren't into. Also my ego couldn't imagine he wouldn't like something my friends and I would have devoured.


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"Mac" & Cheese (10 Baby Servings plus extra cheesy sauce for dipping with vegetables)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 15 mins

egg free

nut free


  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup grated white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup orzo


1. Heat the milk in a saucepan.
2. In a pan, bring water to a boil and add orzo pasta.
3. Cook orzo for 9-11 minutes or until tender. Drain.
4. While the orzo is cooking, melt the butter in a separate heavy-bottomed saucepan.
3. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the paste cooks and bubbles a bit, but don’t let it brown — about 1 minutes.
4. Add the hot milk, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring it to a boil. Lower the heat, and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from the heat.
5. Add the cheese and stir until melted.
6. Combine with the orzo.
7. Cool and serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Copper Dopamine Norepinephrine

    Xkltbb nice suggestion

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  • Mebrr

    I just ran into this when about a year ago I submitted a similar recipe.... the only differences are its orzo, sharp white cheddar and cauliflower...then some paprika or cayenne. No milk or butter. It's so yummy and simple! Sometimes we add panko to the top.

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