food for kids

Another super-quick and totally easy dinner that your kids might eat: Oodles of Noodles with Ham and Cheese.

A couple of years ago when I told my truly excellent mother in law that I had taken a job cooking for a hundred children at a big preschool in Brisbane, she sent me this book, available from here.

It's a fabulous resource designed for childcare cooks with recipes formulated to feed 40. 

One of my staples of my time in that job was Oodles of Noodles. I put it on the three-week rotating menu almost straight away, and the room leaders were always in the kitchen asking for more. The kids loved it.

Mine too. 

This recipe is an adaptation of Carolyn Bunney and Lauren Williams 'Oodles of Noodles' recipe from "Caring For Children: Food, Nutrition and Fun Activities". 

oodles of noodles with ham and cheese

1 x 250g packet dry egg noodles

4-5 slices of ham, chopped finely

1 cup grated cheese

1 cup whole milk

3 eggs, beaten

1/2 onion, finely diced

salt & pepper and a dash of nutmeg

1. Cook your noodles in boiling water.

2. In a bowl, mix your beaten eggs, milk, ham, cheese, onion and seasoning. (See I told you it was dead easy.) Toss cooked noodles into baking dish and pour egg mix over. Bake for about 20 mins, or until set, in a moderate oven, about 180°.

It'll look kinda like this: 

I blogged a similar dinner last year (gosh, look at that wee Matilda!!) as you can make this dish on any kind of noodles you find at the back of the pantry.

You can also grate some carrot and zucchini in (yum), omit the ham for vegetarian families, and replace the brown onion with chives or shallots. 

If your kids are herb-friendly a handful of fresh herbs lifts this; right now mine are very suspicious of herbs. 

Strange children. 

(Although the noodles went down with zero argument so that's something, right?)


7 Comments on “food for kids

Leah King
March 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

Brings back lots of memories from growing up! Mum used to make a version very similar to this, but used spaghetti instead of noodles. And she called her variety “Worm Cake” 🙂

March 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm

oh memories!
I remember eating this when I was teaching full day preschool…. YUM!

March 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm

This is something my kids might just eat…. your kids aren’t strange for not liking herbs, they’re normal… I hope… because mine don’t eat the ‘green stuff’ either, even after planting a tending a pot of mint, basil and parsley. It’s not true, kids don’t necessarily eat what they’ve grown. Thanks for the recipe!

March 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm

This is something all my kids might eat too! Thank you! Will put it on the must try list

March 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Pasta Roma too? That was the other teacher-favourite! xxx

March 20, 2010 at 7:59 am

This looks so delicious that I would make it, despite not owning any kids as an excuse to cook for.

March 26, 2010 at 10:18 am

I grew up on a recipe similar to this one, my nana used to make it for us – was a firm favourite! My kids love it too – but we’ve always called it sketty-egg-n-bacon…so as the name suggests we use spagetti (usually angel hair) and bacon – but other than that pretty much the same -YUMM!! How’s that belly of yours going – must be getting big now?


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