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Cooking with Kids - Pizza Mac 'n' Cheese

Cooking with Kids: Pizza Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Cooking with Kids - Pizza Mac 'n' Cheese recipe - split into adult and child activities
Servings 6


  • 500 g/17.5 oz macaroni pasta
  • Water
  • 150 g/5.5 oz sliced pepperoni or chorizo
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 heaped tbsp. butter
  • 2 heaped tbsp. plain flour
  • 700 ml/3 cups full fat milk
  • 100 g/3.5oz sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 50 g/1.75oz parmesan cheese
  • 50 g/1.75oz orange-colored cheese such as orange cheddar or red Leicester
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 heaped tbsp. panko breadcrumbs
  • small bunch of fresh parsley
  • Salad to serve


  1. Adult: preheat the oven to 190c/375f and put a large pan of water on to boil for the pasta
  2. Child: when the water is boiling, carefully pour in the macaroni with the help of an adult. Give it a stir and let it cook for 1 minutes less than the time stated on the packet (we cooked ours for 12 minutes).
  3. Adult: When the pasta is cooked, drain in a colander and leave to one side.
  4. Child: slice red peppers into small chunks (if you’re worried about your child using a knife, then cut the pepper into large pieces for them, and ask them to cut the peppers into smaller chunks using clean children’s scissors)
  5. Child: Place all but 1 tbsp of the pepperoni/chorizo slices in a small frying pan, and with the help of an adult, fry them until they start to release a little oil. Add in all but 1 tbsp of the chopped peppers and cook for a further minute, then remove from the heat.
  6. Child: Carefully grate the three cheeses – adult help may be needed as the grater is sharp
  7. Child: Place the butter in a large pan and melt on a medium heat. Add in the flour.
  8. Adult: Whisk the flour and butter together over the heat for one minute
  9. Child: slowly pour the milk into the pan whilst the adult continues to whisk. Once all of the milk is whisked in, you can have a go at stirring yourself. Add in 2/3rds of the cheese and stir until melted, then turn off the heat.
  10. Child: in a small bowl, mix together the tomato puree, oregano and two tablespoons of the cheesy sauce.
  11. Child: pour the cooked macaroni into the pan of cheese sauce, along with the cooked pepperoni/chorizo and peppers. Give everything a stir, then spoon it out into a large casserole dish.
  12. Child: Spread the tomato puree mixture on top as you would a pizza, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese and decorate with the remaining pepperoni and peppers.
  13. Adult: Place in the oven for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden, then take out and leave to cool for a couple of minutes before serving with a bowl of salad.