Macaroni and Butter

United States
January 23, 2007 1:10pm CST
When my kids were younger I found it hard to get them to eat macaroni with sauce on it. They really didn't like the tomato sauce. I would give them macaroni with melted butter on top. To this they added parmesan cheese, which gave them a little bit of protein and dairy. I made sure that they had a vegetable or fruit with them meal too. Kids can be so picky.
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58 responses
• United States
23 Jan 07
You are right i have the pickest 3-year old you wanna find he only eats sausage,pizza and chicken nuggets and im a little concerned hes growing healthy he also likes milk but boy im having a hard time sqeezing in those fruits and veggies. I dont want him to end up like my other son who has constipation problems.
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@Eisenherz (2910)
• Portugal
23 Jan 07
I find macaronni with melted butter on top to be so much more appealing than with tomato sauce. Now don't get me wrong, I'm so spoiled kid, but it really tastes better than the traditional way of serving your maccaroni. I think variety might be the way into the heard of some kids, I think it's up to you to balance this things.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
My mother made my brother and I so much mac and cheese that I wanted to vomit it after awhile, if I ever had to eat another mac and cheese dinner again...
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• United States
30 Jan 07
Mac and cheese from a box was a main staple in my kitchen when the kids were younger. This was especially true in the summertime when I was unemployed. Hotdogs and mac and cheese. My kids don't eat either of these if they don't have to.
@sunrisekn (1467)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Sometimes that's all I'll eat for lunch is pasta with butter and parmesan cheese. I love it. My husband groans when I make it because he grew up in a low income home and they had noodles with butter alot. But it is still my favorite.
• United States
23 Jan 07
add a little garlic and red pepper flakes and you got yourself a tasty treat. Add shrimp and you have a great meal.
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• Australia
24 Jan 07
I must be one of the lucky ones, my kids have never been fussy, their only hate of foods is mushrooms. They loved it when we had something different like macaroni, butter, fresh cheese and a little parmesan (spew cheese as we call it) on top. I still make it today, its quick easy and yummy
• United States
24 Jan 07
I am all over this one! Way yummy...My kids love this too, we also add a hint of creole seasoning, hot paprika, garlic, parmesan cheese, freshly ground pepper, and in my bowl, I add freshly chopped green onions...Just because
@kL1121 (60)
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
woah! i'd try that one. sounds delicious.
@JessieMae (345)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Ive never had that but it sounds really good! I'll have to try that tomorrow for dinner.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
All of my kids enjoy pasta but only one out of the three likes any sauce at all. The other two really enjoy it when I give them pasta with butter. I have never tried putting the parmesan cheese on it for them. This is one of their favorite meals though so I will try the parmesan cheese and see if it is a hit in my house also. Thanks for the tip.
• United States
24 Jan 07
I agree with you, it's good. I gave this to my god-son and my nephews like it alot still as grown young men.
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@toonatoons (3739)
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
i've always loved macaroni and cheese, but this is the first time i heard of macaroni and butter. thanks for sharing this. i'd definitely try this one out one of these days. yes, i agree, kids are so picky! my 5-year old nephew has specific instructions on how he wants his fried egg cooked.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
23 Jan 07
My mom used to make us buttered noodles and macaroni when we were kids. I haven't thought about making that in years. Of course now I'll probably use Earth Balance because it's organic, cholesterol-free and trans fat-free.
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• United States
2 Feb 07
I like it with butter and parmesian cheese too. You can add a little garlic for an extra little flavor too.
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• United States
2 Feb 07
I agree with the addition of the garlic. For a little heat, add some red pepper flakes.
@matlgal (1687)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Well I created a monster with "Grandma's Noodles"...LOL. When I was young and was feeling under the weather my mother would make "Cream of Chicken Soup and Noodles" well that was a comfort food for me. So of course when my 2 grandson's got old enough I introduced them to this and they LOVE LOVE LOVE it!. So now when ever I get to see them it's "Grandma are we having your noodles tonight?"... Who could say No to that? :) Those sweet faces and me knowing that it warms the tummy and makes them happy- Why heck yah I get the pot out and make it right up for them. Boiling salted water in a 3 Qt. saucepan, add the Wide Egg Noodle, or shells if you prefer. Good til done, drain in colander. While the noodles are draining I add 1-2 cans of Campbell's Cream Of Chicken Soup (Depneds on how many noodles you make), 4 tbs. Butter or Margarine, salt and pepper and a little bit of milk. Mix it together, heat, stirring constantly til hot, add the noodles back in and stir to reheat. Yummmmy dinner is served. You can add anything you want, you can add Chicken, turkey or whatever your pleasure is. It's great as a side dish or served alone with a veggie or fruit. Enjoy.... I hope it lights up some faces at your house.
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• United States
30 Jan 07
That sounds yummy. Not sure the hubby would like it. He is even pickier than any picky kid I have ever met.
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
24 Jan 07
My Mom used to make mix the macaroni into some butter in a pan and throw in some eggs and scramble them. That was a favorite lunchh. The other one was rice, milk and sugar. She said it was a good thing we liked those things becasue it was all they could afford.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
My mother would make a big pot of rice and serve it for dinner. The leftovers were used for breakfast the next day. We too put milk and sugar on it. Nummy stuff. I don't know about the macaroni with the eggs.
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I sometimes make it this way too. Sauce is ok but a change is nice once in awhile. I will also sometimes make it with gravy on it. It may sound gross but its actually pretty good.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
I have a son that loves gravy. He would like that one.
@dhouston (417)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I believe that picky eaters are made, not born, and that children whose parents refuse to cater to their whims and who are expected to take 2-3 bites of everything--politely and without whining or making faces--will sooner rather than later learn to eat and appreciate most foods. And of course, there are many sauces besides tomato and butter that go well on macaroni! :-)~~~
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
24 Jan 07
A friend of mine did that, she called it a no-thank you portion. You took a little and if you did not like it, if someone asked you if you wanted it, you can say 'No thanks, I already had some'
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
23 Jan 07
This sounds really good, especially with the parmesan! My mom used to make buttered noodles all the time. I haven't done that in a long time. Too bad that there are so many carbs in pasta! I'm not a nut about the carbs, but I do try to limit them and eat mostly whole grains and vegetables for my carbs. I will try this some night, though!
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• United States
30 Jan 07
I have fallen prey to the evil carbs. I love pasta and breads. I am trying to do better now but it is hard.
• Dallas, Texas
1 Feb 07
Pasta with butter on it is good - What ever makes the kids eat. I never had a chance to be a picky eater myself. When I was little I had to eat everything on the plate. It sounds harsh but now I like just about everything. I think sometimes when we are young there are other factors involved other that taste that makes them like food or not. There are a lot of things that I thought I did not like until I tasted them without the same attitude I had when I was little. For instance - I thought I hated Cole Slaw - Until I ate some - I love it. Same with sour kraut - until one day it dawned on me that I love cabbage with vinegar. I think a lot of being a picky eater is environmental. If you let them get away with it now it will follow them through out their life. Plus we did not have much money growing up so we had to eat what was on the table anyway. My kids acted like they were picky when they were younger but now they are like me - They eat any and everything I eat. We love trying different foods together!
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@Rosy001 (363)
• South Africa
1 Feb 07
To get my lil one to eat plain and simple rice, we add some sugar and a small portion of butter. very tasty actually. just not very healthy..........lol
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