Although this bears little resemblance to the macaroni and cheese typically served in the States, it is certainly as universally loved by children (and adults) in Italy. The cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, makes it a nutritious meal as well as a delicious one. It is an easily digestible cheese rich in protein, vitamins, calcium, and phosphorus. In fact pediatricians in Italy recommend introducing it to a baby’s diet as soon as the child begins eating solid food. It is best to use a sturdy flour-and-water pasta such as spaghetti, rigatoni, maccheroni, or conchiglie.
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