Healthy Pasta Dishes Kids Will Love

I love pasta and so do most kids. Pasta is satisfying, kid-friendly and easy to make. Here are three of my favorite pasta recipes for kids.

Penne Veggie Pasta

Veggie Penne Pasta


Love this yummy pasta dish that is full of Vitamin A!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


2  cups sliced carrots

1  can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic or 15 ounces tomato sauce (I like making my tomato sauce from scratch)

8  ounces dried multigrain penne pasta

2  tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese


Cook the carrots in lightly salted boiling water in a covered saucepan for 10 minutes or until they’re tender. Use a food processor to puree both the carrots and the tomatoes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pan. Add tomato sauce and heat through on medium. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Recipe By Colleen Weeden from Parents Magazine


Pasta with Garlic and Cheese

This super simple recipe your kids will love!

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


1 lb. spaghetti pasta

5 Tbsp. olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

3/4 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese


Cook the pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, chop the garlic and parsley and sauté the garlic in the olive oil for about 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Combine with the parsley and salt and pepper in serving bowl. Drain the pasta and toss with the garlic/parsley mixture. Top with cheese and toss again.

Serve with more cheese, if desired.

Recipe By Linda Larsen from Busy Cooks Guide


Spinach Cheese Pasta

Spinach Cheese Pasta


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


1/2 (16 ounce) package extra wide egg noodles

2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic, pressed

3/4 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach

1/2 (8 ounce) container cottage cheese

1/2 (3 ounce) package finely grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add egg noodles and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, and return to the pot.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet, and cook the garlic and spinach 3 to 5 minutes, until well coated. Transfer to the pot with the drained pasta. Toss in the cottage cheese. Top with Parmesan cheese to serve.

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