The famous coquillettes & ham recipe that every French parents feed their kids with

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

No preparation

About 7 minutes cooking 


  1. 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)
  2. If using, cut the slice of ham into bite-sizes pieces or shred it.
  3. Drain the pastas  and add a knob of butter to melt. 
  4. Combine the pastas with either the laughing cow cheese and mix well, or sprinkle them with the shredded cheese of choice. 
  5. If using, sprinkle the shredded or bite-sized ham on top and serve! 

Bon appétit!

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