Kid-Friendly Pasta Recipes That Will Make Them Smile and Clean Their Plates
Seasoned tomato paste stands in for sauce in this resourceful pasta recipe that turns pantry staples into a delicious kid-approved dinner.
Creamy Roasted Garlic Penne
This simple, velvety-smooth dish is macaroni and cheese in a sophisticated disguise. Roasting the garlic mellows its flavor -- just right for younger palates.
Penne Frittata with Basil and Ricotta
Chop this pasta-filled frittata into kid-size bites, and they'll devour the whole cheesy thing, no coddling required.
Shells with Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpeas, and Ricotta
Cauliflower and chickpeas give this dish toothsome value while ricotta rounds out the creamy kid-friendly appeal.
Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Twice as good? Yes, we think so -- this flavor-packed baked pasta recipe makes two meals. One for now and one to freeze and reheat for a super-fast weeknight dinner.
Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs
Some nights, it's best to go with a blockbuster. Simmer the meatballs right in the sauce, and this particular crowd-pleaser takes only 30 minutes to get to the table.
Broken Noodles with Tomato Sauce and Ricotta
Wide, flat pappardelle are silky and delicious -- cook the broken noodles in homemade tomato sauce, and you'll have this vegetarian meal together in just 15 minutes.
Fettuccine with Leeks and White Beans
Who wants fettuccine alfredo when our version, creamy with protein-rich white beans, is on offer?
Baked Pasta with Spinach, Ricotta, and Prosciutto
Thick slices of this cheesy, rich baked pasta are a handy way to get kids to eat vitamin-rich spinach.
Creamy Pasta with Peas
Short bow ties (fusilli) are always a hit with kids. Add in crowd-pleasing peas and some peppery arugula. You may find you have a secret arugula fiend at your table.
Pappardelle with Caramelized Onions and Parmesan
Buttery-sweet caramelized onions are perfect for developing palates -- top with salty Parmesan for contrast.
Baked Shells with Winter Squash
Orange-hued winter squash mixed with Parmesan cheese makes a delicious and nutritious sauce -- and this dinner casserole looks just like the familiar shells with cheddar.
Antipasti Pasta Salad
Kids who like salty over sweet will love this pasta salad made with salami and prosciutto.
Broccoli Rabe Pesto with Whole-Wheat Pasta and Sausage
Switch things up for lovers of spaghetti and meatballs with this mean, green (and cook-time lean!) pasta. Whole-wheat linguine have a subtly different taste from its regular semolina counterpart, but in this hearty pesto-and-sausage pairing, the kids won't even notice.