Dinner Ideas for Kids

Make sure supper is always an event for the entire family with these dinner ideas for kids. From tasty pastas and burgers, nutitious and delicious salads, or simple pizzas and tacos that your child can help make, dinner-time will always be greeted with enthusiasm!

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Quick Kid-Friendly Dinner Recipes the Entire Family Will Love

We're sharing family-friendly dinner recipes guaranteed to appeal to even the most finicky eaters. Try our easy stovetop mac and cheese, sheet-pan fajitas, pork and pineapple kebabs, and more.
By Lynn Andriani

Potato, Broccoli, and Cheddar Soup

Broccoli is used two ways in this kid-friendly dish: it's simmered until tender for the soup base and roasted for the garnish.

Creamy Baked Ziti

Cream cheese is the secret to the silky sauce in this vegetarian baked pasta dish, while mozzarella and Parmesan create a golden bubbling crust on top.

Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Ground beef and sweet Italian sausage enrich the sauce for this beloved baked pasta, while no-boil lasagna noodles speed up the process. Check out our step-by-step guide.

Italian Chicken Soup with Pasta and Tomatoes

We like to think of this recipe as an Italian grandma's take on classic chicken noodle soup.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Chicken Soup Made with a Whole Chicken

Ask your butcher to cut a chicken into pieces and give you the backbone—it makes for a richer broth.

Raspberry-Swirl Cheesecake

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Marbling cheesecake is an easy way to elicit oohs and aahs. This one has a raspberry puree swirled in.

Taco Casserole

Ground beef, pinto beans, and tomatoes spiced with chili powder bubble under a crunchy, gooey topping of tortilla chips and two cheeses in this quick and easy, kid-friendly casserole.

Lemon Cake

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This cheery lemon cake is perfect for festive occasions. Top it off with our Whipped Frosting that's the perfect light and fluffy complement to this moist cake.

Emeril's Oven-Roasted Chicken Wings

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In less than 15 minutes, you can prep this roast chicken wing recipe from Emeril Lagasse with help from the kids. Serve it with your family's favorite dipping sauce.

One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon

Less is more in this quick and easy weeknight dinner. It calls for just five main ingredients (penne, broccoli, garlic, lemon, and Parmesan) and requires minimal cleanup.
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22 Kid-Friendly Pasta Recipes to Tempt Even the Pickiest Eaters
From creamy, cheesy sauces to classics like spaghetti and meatballs, your whole family will devour these pasta dinners.
Creamy Tomato Soup
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This creamy tomato soup recipe is adapted from "Martha Stewart's Cooking School." It's simply delicious and full of flavor.

Emeril's Slow-Cooker Split-Pea Soup

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This slow-cooker version of split-pea soup is as easy as it gets and is packed with healthy fiber and protein. Serve it with crusty bread and you've got a soul-warming meal ready to go.