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Les Petits Chefs make Gratin de Pâtes au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids!

With a little garnish Gratin de Pates au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnother recipe from In the French kitchen with kids this week – a version of one of their favourite foods – mac & cheese, only way better!

The Gratin de Pâtes au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) in the book involves a creamy béchamel sauce which is something many adults don’t like to make because they think it’s “hard’. The boys did an amazing job with this – fairly unsupervised, actually…

They measured flour…

Measuring flour to make Gratin de Pates au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comMelted butter, added the flour and then started adding warm milk…

Beginning of bechamel sauce to make Gratin de Pates au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com Adding milk to bechamel sauce to make Gratin de Pates au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com Bechamel coming along to make Gratin de Pates au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comDoesn’t that look just about perfect?

They added grated cheese to the sauce and it was all we could do to not eat the sauce right out of the pot!

Adding cheese to bechamel sauce to make Gratin de Pates au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comMeanwhile, “Team Ham” got to work doing an excellent job of chopping the ham into even-sized pieces

Evenly sliced ham to make Gratin de Pates au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids cutting ham to make Gratin de Pates au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe added the ham to the cooked pasta…

Adding ham to cooked pasta to make Gratin de Pates au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comSeasoned the pasta with salt and pepper…

Adding salt and pepper to pasta to make Gratin de Pates au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd then scooped it into individual portions, then topped with Panko breadcrumbs…

Portioning pasta to make Gratin de Pates au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids portioning pasta to make Gratin de Pates au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comAll ready for the oven…

Ready for the oven Gratin de Pates au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comThey just need a few minutes in the oven to brown the tops…

Baked Gratin de Pates au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comEt voilà! Perfect mac & cheese in well under an hour – and “so much better than the stuff in the box” – out of the mouths of babes… I’d say that’s a win, right?

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One Response to Les Petits Chefs make Gratin de Pâtes au Jambon (Cheesy Pasta Bake) from In the French kitchen with kids!

  1. geoff October 4, 2018 at 22:02 #

    Looked like a lot of fun with a tasty outcome

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