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Tasty Pasta for Kids

Getting kids to eat their vegetables has always been an ongoing battle. I was a living example. I used to detest eating fibrous part of those pesky greens or really any other parts that didn’t resemble the leaves. Those were donkey years ago and now, I can’t live without my greens at every meal. Okay, enough about me.
Gone are the days when children actually believe spinach would make them as strong as Popeye. I know mine doesn’t. I believe the main reason children (since toddler’s age) dislike vegetables is partly because of taste. Most vegetables, especially in raw state, have a rather unappealing taste and texture to our palate. Desperate parents (I was one of them) would try to “hide” the vegetables in their children’s meal by blending everything together, hoping they wouldn’t notice and make it into their tummies. Alternatively, they would end up making pasta with tomato-based sauces like Bolognese (minced meat sauce) for their kids, since tomatoes are also considered as “vegetables”.

If you are looking for a quick, easy and tasty alternative for the family (yes, adults love this dish too), I highly recommend you to give this a go. By dicing the vegetables finely, they not only cook faster but also go down better into their stomachs. I also used tri-color shell pasta to keep the colors interesting.

 

Ingredients:
Elbow / shell pasta (50 – 75 g per person)
½ yellow onion – diced finely
½ zucchini – diced finely
Handful of edamame peas or green peas
4 strips bacon – diced
½ cup (150 ml) chicken or vegetable stock
Pinch of salt
Olive oil
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Serves 2 – 3

ingredients for tasty pasta

The line up.

how to make tasty pasta for kids

Grated parmesan cheese.

 

Boil the pasta in salted water according to package’s instruction.

In a large pan, heat up 2 tbsp olive oil and add in onions and zucchini. Cook under medium heat for about 2 mins.

how to make tasty pasta for kids

 

Add in bacon and edamame peas and cook for another min.

how to make tasty pasta for kids

 

Add in pinch of salt, stock and bring to boil. Taste and add more salt if necessary. Add in the pasta and toss them until most of the sauce is absorbed. Mix in the grated parmesan cheese and serve.

how to make tasty pasta for kids

tasty pasta for kids

tasty pasta for kids

tasty pasta for kids

 

Full Instructions:

Boil the pasta in salted water according to package’s instruction.

In a large pan, heat up 2 tbsp olive oil and add in onions and zucchini. Cook under medium heat for about 2 mins. Add in bacon and edamame peas and cook for another min. Add in pinch of salt, stock and bring to boil. Taste and add more salt if necessary. Add in the pasta and toss them until most of the sauce is absorbed. Mix in the grated parmesan cheese and serve.

 

 

 

Rachelle

Rachelle

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Bear is my moniker. Naked is how I like my feet to look. Food is something I live to eat (alot). A food recipe blog that makes sense.
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Bear is my moniker. Naked is how I like my feet to look. Food is something I live to eat (alot). A food recipe blog that makes sense.

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