Cheesy mushroom pasta recipe
A simple spaghetti recipe for children, made with a homemade cheese sauce and mushrooms. If the little ones don't like mushrooms use their favourite veg instead; broccoli, little cubes of sweet potato or peas would work well. See method
- 100g spaghetti
- 10g butter
- 10g plain flour
- 250ml skimmed milk
- 50g lighter mature Cheddar, grated
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 100g mushrooms, sliced
- ½ Little Gem lettuce, finely sliced
If you haven't got spaghetti, try using linguine instead
Each serving contains
of the reference intake
- Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions. Drain and return to the pan.
- Meanwhile, make a roux by melting the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat, adding the flour and cooking for 1 min until it resembles a sandy consistency. Gradually whisk in the milk and cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir through the Cheddar. Season with black pepper.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan over a high heat, add the mushrooms and fry for 3 mins until golden.
- Add the cheese sauce and mushrooms to the pasta, stir to coat, then divide between 2 plates. Serve with the lettuce.
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Cooking for children: There are no reference intakes for children and all of these recipes are based on recommendations for an adult woman's portion size. In children of different ages, there is variation in their energy (calorie) requirements and nutrient recommendations. If you are interested in which portion size is best for your child, you can visit the School Food Standards.