The famous ham-cheese coquillettes
We all know it, kids, babies and adults all love pastas!
This (very) simple recipe is what we like to call a childhood classic in France. A way to travel back in time for grown-ups and a reminder of how lucky littles ones are to be little and enjoy such delicious classic meals !
Coquillettes are like a reference in the world of pastas for kids in France. They are like a small version of macaroni which you typically find in the US. But of course this recipe can be made with other types of pastas.
Ham & Cheese Pasta recipe - starting 9 months
- Can be adapted depending on the age, food restriction or intolerance, baby-led or spoon-fed…
- Babies generally love it, it’s tasty, filling and easy to eat
Ingredients for 5-6 portions
- 10 ounces of pastas – coquillettes (or macaroni) is the classic choice, but you can also do any small pastas such as orzo, alphabet pastas, rotini, tripolini or pastina
- A knob of better to melt in the pastas
- half a slice of cooked ham per serving – for babies 18 months and up
- Half a portion of laughing cow cheese for smaller babies or a tablespoon of shredded cheddar, gruyere or swiss cheese for older babies/children (higher in salt)
A few simple steps
About 7 minutes cooking
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until desired consistency (al dente or a bit more cooked for a melting texture)
- If using, cut the slice of ham into bite-sizes pieces or shred it.
- Drain the pastas and add a knob of butter to melt.
- Combine the pastas with either the laughing cow cheese and mix well, or sprinkle them with the shredded cheese of choice.
- If using, sprinkle the shredded or bite-sized ham on top and serve!