It’s simple to make and goes quickly at any family gathering (double the batch for tomorrow’s lunch). Learning to make this basic roux of milk and flour is a foundational culinary technique kids can add to their repertoire. They’ll be able to use this skill to make other dishes — cheese sauce for dipping broccoli or as a gravy on chicken dinners.
It’s also a great springboard for teaching math to kids of all ages. For the littles, we can teach counting with a few macaroni shells. And for big kids, addition, subtraction and even basic algebra can be visualized with the ingredients. Pairing cooking with math helps kids retain more information and get more engaged.