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Mac and Cheese with Peas (Fav Shortcut Toddler Meal)

With an easy method and a yummy, satisfying result, this quick toddler meal is one of our go-to shortcut kids meals.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 2 -4
Calories 120kcal


  • 1 box Annies Mac and Cheese (or whichever brand you like)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook for 8 minutes, or as directed on the box.
  • Place the frozen peas into a colander in the sink.
  • When the pasta is cooked, drain over the peas.
  • Return the pot to the heat and turn the heat to low. Add the butter, milk, and cheese packet from the box. Whisk to combine and thicken for 15-30 seconds.
  • Stir in the pasta and peas and serve warm.


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and reheat for 30-60 seconds in the microwave.
  • Double the recipe to make a larger amount for more kids.
  • Warm and pack in a thermos for an easy hot lunch for kindergarten or school.
  • Do take the minute to stir the cheese sauce over low heat to allow it to thicken.
  • Place the peas into the bottom of the colander so they warm through without having to get out an extra pot.
  • Trade in another veggie as you like.


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 754IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg