Mum – what’s for dinner? An all too familiar cry, that can leave you scratching your head. Fear not, we have great dinner inspiration in the form of 9 Simple Pasta Recipes for Kids. Plus, they’re really quick to make from pot to plate.
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In our experience, kids love pasta, and so do parents because it’s usually inexpensive, convenient and easy for little hands to pick up and feed themselves. Here are some super quick and simple pasta recipes that are tried and tested on kids.
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9 Simple Pasta Recipes For Kids
#1. Ham & Pea Pasta
Wondering what to make with your leftovers? Try your hand at this hearty ham and pea pasta dish. The leftover Sunday ham always gets made into this meal and my kids absolutely adore it.
#2. Tuna Pasta Salad
Tuck into this vibrant and fresh pasta salad from SafeFood that is a twist on the traditional dish. You can make some adjustments like adding lemon juice to give it a zesty pop or sneak in whatever veggies you need to use up. It also doubles up as a lunchbox favourite, giving your kids a change from sandwiches.
#3. Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Peas
Get some omega-3 in your child’s diet with this easy and delicious salmon pasta recipe from Wholefood Republic. You’ll only need a package of smoked salmon, some crème fraîche, frozen peas and a few other ingredients to rustle this yummy dish up.
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#4. Tuna Pasta Casserole
Who doesn’t love a good casserole? The melted, crunchy baked-in cheese in this tasty tuna pasta casserole is something we always look forward to. It’s also an easy dish to prepare if you’re short on time and it is perfect for families on a tight food budget.
#5. Tomato and Bacon Pasta
Bring a burst of flavour to your favourite pasta with this yummy bacon and tomato pasta recipe. We love the combination of the salty bacon paired with the sweetness of the tinned tomatoes. This recipe only requires very simple ingredients and hardly any preparation, it’s a win-win.
#6. Pizza Pasta
Combine arguably two of the best carbs out there, pizza and pasta with this dish. Pasta pizza has the iconic pizza flavoured mixed with fresh pasta that will have your kids asking for second helpings.
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#7. Homemade Macaroni Cheese
A firm favourite with most kids, why not try homemade macaroni cheese instead. You can’t beat the richness of real melted cheese and an authentic roux sauce. It only takes eight ingredients to make the entire homemade dish.
#8. Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
Add a little kick to dinner with this flavour-filled creamy cajun chicken pasta. My kids gobble this dish up as it adds a bit of variety to the weekly dinner menu. It’s also very quick to make and plate.
#9. One Pot Pasta Soup
Simple pasta recipes don’t get much easier than this one pot tomato pasta soup. Follow Donal Skehan as he takes you step by step through his recipe. The soup can be a wholesome lunch or dinner and only takes five minutes to prep and 25 minutes to cook.
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Have your say! Do you have any interesting and simple pasta recipes that your kids love? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!