Three ingredient easy cheesy pasta for kids – new recipe

I say this three ingredient easy cheesy pasta is for kids, but it’s very tasty so perfectly suitable for adults too. The pasta has a rich cheese sauce made directly in the saucepan you have cooked your pasta in, meaning less washing up … always a bonus in my house.

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What are the three ingredients?

Well, obviously pasta and cheese are two of them – I won’t be able to make an easy cheesy pasta without those! But the third is butter (butter happens to be Ioan’s most favourite thing in the world).

Pasta ingredients on a chopping board

How easy?

Cook your pasta according to the pack instructions. Drain your pasta but immediately chuck it back into the same saucepan it was cooked in, so the cooking water does not completely drain. Stir in a big knob of butter. Stir in a handful of grated cheese. Voila: your three ingredient easy cheesy pasta is ready.

Ioan eating easy cheesy pasta

What pasta should you use?

I have a lot of pasta in my cupboard. Even pre-lockdown, when pasta panic buying was unheard of, I had multiple bags of pasta in my cupboard. With this recipe, you can use any pasta shape to make your easy cheesy pasta. I usually let Ioan choose which shape he wants, which also motivates him to eat his dinner. I have some cute toy shaped pasta which Ioan really likes right now.

Close up pasta

Fancier options

Although this is devoured by Ioan with gusto, and really does taste yummy, if you would prefer something a little more sophisticated (but actually not that different!) try this Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper pasta).

Easy cheesy pasta

Three ingredient easy cheesy pasta

Tracy Knatt
So easy, so cheesy ... the perfect pasta for kids, and adults
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine British, Italian
Servings 1 person


  • 50 g Pasta shape of your choice
  • 1 knob butter
  • 30 g grated cheese


  • Cook your pasta according to the packet instructions
  • While the pasta is cooking grate your cheese (I like red leicester for a mild but tasty cheese, and Ioan loves the colour)
    Easy cheesy pasta ingredients
  • When the pasta is cooked, drain it in a colander but throw it straight back into the saucepan before all the water has drained, and put it back on the heat
  • Stir in a knob of butter until melted
    Pasta with butter in the saucepan
  • Stir in the grated cheese until melted
    Pasta, cheese and butter in the pan
  • Serve immediately
    Easy cheesy pasta dish
Keyword cheese, easy recipe, pasta, simple

Ioan thumbs up after eating easy cheesy pasta

Other pasta dishes

If this simple pasta dish doesn’t appeal, try one of these other delicious pasta recipes:

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