15 Easy And Healthy Pasta Recipes For Kids

15 Tasty Pasta Recipes For Kids To Satisfy Their Tastebuds

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It can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Pasta is so tasty that your child wouldn’t mind eating it anytime of the day. And you wouldn’t mind serving them this healthful food, which provides them energy through the day, and supplies folic acid, fiber and more (1). What’s more, you can add as many veggies and herbs as you want to make sure that your child is having a balanced diet.

MomJunction has come up with some really simple and healthful pasta recipes for kids, which you can make in less than an hour and your child simply couldn’t resist.

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Vegetarian Pasta Recipes For Kids

I believe in the goodness of vegetables. So let’s begin with some of the best veggie pasta you can make for your children.

1. Veggie Alfredo Pasta

Veggie Alfredo Pasta

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Imagine white, creamy pasta…

The thought itself makes you go “yummmm” right? So why not just make it and eat it?

You will need:

  • 1 package penne pasta (8 ounces)
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 package frozen or canned peas (8 ounces)
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

How to:

  1. In a deep dish or pan, bring water to boil and add the asparagus. After two minutes, add the peas and let them cook for two more minutes. Remove the peas and the asparagus from the boiling water and set them aside.
  2. Cook the pasta in boiling water for about 8-10 minutes, or until it is tender but firm.
  3. Add the pasta to the peas and asparagus in the bowl.
  4. Season with parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste and toss.
  5. Serve warm.

Preparation time: 10min
Cooking time: 15min
Servings: 4
Nutritional value: Calories – 383, carbohydrates –50.4g, protein – 15.2g, fat – 14.4g, cholesterol -9mg

[ Read: Vegetarian Recipes For Kids ]

2. Roasted Veggie Pasta

Roasted Veggie Pasta

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Vegetables are more interesting when they are roasted than when they are boiled. Well, at least for kids they are! So, here is a tasty pasta recipe with roasted vegetables.

You will need:

  • 1 pack rotini pasta (16 ounces)
  • 1 plum tomato, halved
  • ¾ cup pesto sauce
  • 1 green bell pepper (capsicum)
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 onion, sliced into ½ inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

How to:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. On a baking sheet, spread the tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, and onions evenly. Sprinkle a little olive oil over them; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast the veggies in the pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes, or until they are cooked and slightly soft. Set them aside.
  4. Cook the pasta, drain it and set it aside.
  5. In a bowl, combine the roasted vegetables, cooked rotini, pesto sauce and olive oil. Toss it and serve.

Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 30min
Servings: 10
Nutritional value: Calories –306, carbohydrates –37.2g, protein –9.4g, fat –13.4g, cholesterol -6mg

3. Mexican Pasta

Mexican Pasta

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Pasta? Mexican?

Yes. This recipe is a Mexican style pasta dish, filled with the goodness of vegetables that your child can benefit from. Want to know how it is made?

You will need:

  • ½ pound seashell pasta
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • 2 onions and 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, 1 cup corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can tomatoes, peeled and diced (14.5oz)
  • ¼ cup black olives
  • 1 ½ tablespoons taco mix for seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to:

  1. Cook the pasta until it is tender but firm. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a skillet, heat oil and add the onions and cook until they turn brown.
  3. Stir in the corn, tomatoes, olives, black beans, salsa, taco seasoning and salt and pepper. Cook for five more minutes.
  4. Combine the cooked pasta and the sauce in a bowl.
  5. Toss to mix well and serve.

Preparation time: 5min
Cooking time: 15min
Servings: 4
Nutritional value: Calories – 358, carbohydrates –59.5g, protein – 10.3g, fat – 9.4g, cholesterol -0mg

4. Greek Orzo Pasta

Greek Orzo Pasta

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Orzo pasta looks like rice but has a distinct taste and texture. It is often used in Arabian dishes and eaten fried or boiled. You can also use it to make pasta.

You will need:

  • 1 ½ cups orzo pasta
  • 1 pound broccoli florets, washed
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup feta cheese
  • 1 can ripe olives (2.5oz)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes and
  • ¼ cup fresh basil

How to:

  1. Cook the orzo as instructed on the pack.
  2. Cook the broccoli in boiling water, until they become tender, but firm.
  3. In a skillet, heat oil and add the pine nuts. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, add the red pepper and cook for another minute.
  4. Combine the pine nuts, feta cheese, pasta and the remaining ingredients in a bowl and toss to mix.
  5. Serve immediately.

Preparation time: 45min
Servings: 8
Nutritional value: Calories –245.9, carbohydrates –30.8g, protein –10.8g, fat –9.5g, cholesterol -18mg

[ Read: Nutella Recipes For Kids ]

Chicken Pasta Recipes For Kids

These pasta recipes are purely for chicken lovers. Here are ways you can include the meat into a pasta dish and make it more enjoyable.

5. Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad

Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad

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If you are not in the mood for a chicken curry or casserole, make a healthy pasta salad with chicken in it. It is light on the tummy, delicious and a refreshing dish during summers.

You will need:

  • 3 cups shredded, cooked chicken breasts
  • 1 pack bow-tie pasta
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ½ cup vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ cup each of rice vinegar and light soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon ginger powder, ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion and 1/3 cup fresh cilantro

How to:

  1. Roast the sesame seeds in a skillet on medium flame, until they turn slightly brown. Set aside and let them cool.
  2. Next, cook the pasta.
  3. Combine the soy sauce, olive oil, sesame oil, vinegar, sugar, pepper powder, ginger powder and sesame seeds. Put the ingredients in a jar with a tight lid and shake well.
  4. Take the pasta in a bowl and pour the sesame seed dressing over it.
  5. Stir in the chicken pieces, green onions, and cilantro.
  6. Toss to mix well and serve.

Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 10min
Servings: 10
Nutritional value: Calories –349, carbohydrates –38.3g, protein – 15.9g, fat –15.2g, cholesterol -24mg

6. Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun Chicken Pasta

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Cajun food is rustic when it comes to taste and is easy to prepare. The Cajun chicken pasta, which makes a good dinner dish, can be made in less than an hour.

You will need:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, thinly sliced into strips
  • 4oz linguine pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter and 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon each of dried basil, lemon pepper, and salt
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun dressing
  • 1 green bell pepper and ½ a red bell pepper chopped
  • 4 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon each of ground black pepper and garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (grated)

How to:

  1. Cook the pasta for around ten minutes.
  2. Toss the chicken and the Cajun seasoning in a bowl.
  3. In a skillet, add butter and saute the seasoned chicken pieces on medium heat, until they are not pink anymore.
  4. Add the chopped bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, and green onions and cook for nearly three minutes, or until they become semi-soft.
  5. Stir in the heavy cream and season with basic, ground black pepper, salt, garlic powder and lemon pepper. Let it stay on heat for a minute or less.
  6. In a large pan, toss the linguine pasta with this creamy sauce. Garnish with parmesan cheese and serve.

Preparation time: 15min
Cooking time: 15min
Servings: 2
Nutritional value: Calories –1109, carbohydrates –53.7g, protein – 42.7g, fat – 82.2g, cholesterol -348mg

Seafood Pasta Recipes For Kids

If your kids like seafood, here are three pasta recipes you should try at home.

7. Creamy Tomato Tuna Pasta

Creamy Tomato Tuna Pasta

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Tangy pasta made with tomato sauce and tuna, this can be a great meal to have on a Sunday.

You will need:

  • 6.75oz packed tuna, preferably in olive oil
  • 14.5oz penne pasta
  • 2/3 cup and ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups tomato soup, made from fresh tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, minced
  • For seasoning – freshly ground black pepper, salt, dried oregano, red pepper flakes (for garnish)

How to:

  1. In a sauce pan, add tuna with olive oil, anchovy paste, red pepper flakes, garlic and oregano and saute on low heat. Stir the ingredients and cook for a couple of minutes or more, as needed.
  2. Once the ingredients start sizzling, add the tomato sauce soup and water. Increase the heat to medium flame and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Cook the pasta and stir it into the soup mixture in the saucepan. Mix well.
  4. Then stir in two-third cups of parmesan cheese and minced tarragon. Cook for two minutes
  5. Season with black pepper powder and salt. Cover with a lid and cook for another minute.
  6. Garnish with remaining parmesan and serve.

Preparation time: 15min
Cooking time: 15min
Servings: 2
Nutritional value: Calories – 1269, carbohydrates –202.3g, protein – 72.4g, fat – 22.1g, cholesterol -62mg

8. Salmon Pasta With Peas

Salmon Pasta With Peas

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An easy salmon recipe, combined with green peas and Alfredo sauce, this is a great dinner idea.

You will need:

  • 5 cups bow-tie pasta
  • 7.5oz salmon, drained and cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon each of vegetable oil, dill weed
  • 1 2/3 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup cream cheese (low fat)
  • 2 tablespoons each of parsley, lemon juice, cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to:

  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water until it is tender but firm.
  2. In a saucepan, heat oil and add onion and garlic. Cook for two minutes.
  3. Add milk and heat it until it is steaming hot.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch in two tablespoons of water and whisk. Stir it into the milk and let it cook for two minutes.
  5. Once the sauce is thick, add the cheese, peas, lemon juice, parsley, dill weed, salt, pepper and mustard. Stir until the cheese melts.
  6. Add the pasta and mix it well. Stir in the salmon and let it sit for a minute.
  7. Serve hot.

Preparation time: 20min
Servings: 4
Nutritional value: Calories – 697.2, carbohydrates –102.9g, protein – 34.3g, fat – 15.8g, cholesterol -59.7mg

9. Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

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Shrimp in Alfredo sauce is a rich, creamy dish that you can make to impress your little guests. Try this when your teen has friends over for lunch or dinner at home.

You will need:

  • 1 pound cooked shrimp
  • 1 pound fettuccine pasta
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt to taste

How to:

  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water for about ten minutes.
  2. In a skillet, add the butter and let it melt. Add the garlic, and stir in the shrimp and cook for a minute.
  3. Stir in the half-and-half, sprinkle the parmesan, one spoon at a time, and continue stirring as you add it.
  4. Mix the parsley and salt; continue to stir until it becomes thick.
  5. Combine the thickened sauce with the pasta and serve.

Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 20min
Servings: 6
Nutritional value: Calories –440, carbohydrates –57.7g, protein –29.2g, fat –10.6g, cholesterol -172mg

[ Read: Chicken Recipes For Kids ]

Pasta Salad Recipes For Kids

Salads could be boring for children. But when you add some pasta and sauce to a bowl of fresh, colorful veggies, kids will want to eat.

10. Mushroom Mint Pasta Salad

Mushroom Mint Pasta Salad

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A cool summer macaroni salad with mint and mushrooms, this pasta dish is a great option for lunch at home.

You will need:

  • 1 pack bow-tie pasta (16oz)
  • 8oz button mushrooms
  • 10 sprigs fresh mint
  • 4 onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1-quart cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • Salt and grounded black pepper for taste

How to:

  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water for about ten minutes, or until it is tender but firm. Drain and move into a large bowl, and add three tablespoons of olive oil. Toss it.
  2. Heat the remaining olive oil in a skillet, on medium heat, and add the onions and mushrooms. Once they turn light brown, stir in the heavy cream.
  3. Add the mint sprigs and cook for five minutes, while stirring continuously.
  4. Mix the sugar in the sauce, add the salt and pepper and stir in the pasta. Mix until it is fully coated in the sauce.
  5. Serve hot.

Preparation time: 15min
Cooking time: 20min
Servings: 12
Nutritional value: Calories –487, carbohydrates –36.4g, protein –8.7g, fat – 34.9g, cholesterol -109mg

11. Salsa Pasta Salad

Salsa Pasta Salad

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A tangy dish for summertime, this pasta salad lets you make the sauce from scratch (no bottled ingredients).

You will need:

  • 2 cups rainbow pasta
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 onion, 1 red bell pepper, and ¼ cup cilantro – chopped
  • 1 can of black olives
  • 1 can of diced green chilies
  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/3 cup each of lemon juice and white vinegar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil

How to:

  1. Boil the pasta in water for around nine minutes.
  2. Combine the chopped onions, bell pepper, tomatoes, olives and green chilies in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the lemon juice, white vinegar, cilantro, sugar, garlic, salt, chili powder and vegetable oil.
  4. Mix the pasta and vegetables. Toss with the cilantro and lemon dressing, serve.

Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 20min
Servings: 11
Nutritional value: Calories – 178, carbohydrates –16.3g, protein – 2.7g, fat –12.2 g, cholesterol -0mg

Italian Pasta Recipes For Kids

How can a list of kid-friendly pasta recipes be complete without authentic Italian pasta recipes? So here you go.

12. Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

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With only a handful of ingredients, the spaghetti carbonara pasta will be an instant hit with kids.

You will need:

  • 14oz spaghetti (1 pack)
  • 5oz cubed guanciale
  • 1 egg, 3 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to:

  1. Cook the pasta for about 12 minutes in boiling water and drain. Set it aside.
  2. In a skillet, stir cook the guanciale for five to ten minutes or until it is crispy.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and the egg yolks together, add the cheese, salt, and pepper and whisk again.
  4. Stir in the guanciale into the egg mix.
  5. Add the pasta and toss to mix well.

Preparation time: 5min
Cooking time: 22min
Servings: 4
Nutritional value: Calories – 525, carbohydrates –74.8g, protein – 23.7g, fat – 13.1g, cholesterol -220mg

13. Sweet Italian Sausage with Penne Pasta

Sweet Italian Sausage with Penne Pasta

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This is an easy pasta dish you can whip up quickly when you have a bunch of hungry kids!

You will need:

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 8oz Italian sausage
  • 1lb broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons each of minced garlic, olive oil, and butter
  • ½ cup pecorino romano cheese, grilled

How to:

  1. Boil water and cook the pasta for ten minutes.
  2. In a skillet, heat oil and add garlic, sausages and broccoli florets. Saute for about 15 to 20 minutes and cook until they turn brown and soft.
  3. In a bowl, add the pasta, sauce and butter, and toss. Serve hot.

Preparation time: 25min
Servings: 4
Nutritional value: Calories –750.6, carbohydrates –100.1g, protein –23.1 g, fat –30.8 g, cholesterol -47.6mg

Pasta Bake Recipes For Kids

Love to bake? Here are some healthy pasta bake recipes you can try for the kids.

14. Three Cheese Bake Pasta

Three Cheese Bake Pasta

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Creamy pasta is all about cheese. So we bring to you the “yummi-licious” three cheese pasta that you and your children will devour!

You will need:

  • 1lb raw pasta
  • 1lb beef, grounded
  • 6oz Provolone cheese
  • 6oz mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups sour cream
  • 6 ½ cups pasta sauce

How to:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large pot, bring the water to boil and add pasta. Cook for ten minutes.
  3. In a skillet, add the onions and the ground beef. Saute until the meat becomes brown and stir in the pasta sauce. Cook for 15 minutes on low-medium heat.
  4. Grease a baking dish and layer the ingredients in this order – a) half of the pasta b) provolone cheese c) sour cream d) half of the pasta sauce e) remaining pasta f)mozzarella cheese g) remaining pasta sauce mix 7) top it with grated parmesan cheese
  5. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Serve hot.

Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 1hr
Servings: 12
Nutritional value: Calories –463, carbohydrates –42.3g, protein – 22.7g, fat – 22.2g, cholesterol -88mg

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15. Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Bake

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Bake

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Pumpkins are all around you during the harvest season. Besides pie, cupcakes and other desserts, you can also make pasta with pumpkin. Here is the recipe.

You will need:

  • 300g uncooked bow-tie pasta
  • 500g butternut pumpkin, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 4 eschalots, peeled and chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 20 grams butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ¾ cup chicken stock
  • 2/3 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 300ml light cream

How to:

  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling water. Drain all but one-fourth of the water and set it aside.
  2. In a skillet, heat the oil and butter over medium heat. Add the eschalots and stir fry them for two minutes.
  3. Add the pumpkin, garlic, and thyme and stir them for six minutes. Add the chicken stock.
  4. Let it simmer for 3 minutes (it should become half) and then add the cream, salt, and pepper. Cook it for three more minutes and take it off the heat.
  5. Combine the pasta, sauce mix, half parmesan and half mozzarella. Grease a baking dish and put the pasta in it.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and parmesan on top and cover with foil.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes and remove the foil. Bake again for 15 minutes and garnish with thyme.
  8. Serve hot.

Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 45min
Servings: 4
Nutritional value: Calories – 2762, carbohydrates –66g, protein – 22g, fat – 31g, cholesterol -67mg

Pasta is a dish for all seasons and reasons. Whether it is dinner, lunch or a party, kids will eat a pasta dish without any complaints! The best part is that you can make pasta nutritious by deciding what you add to it – vegetables, nuts or even meat.

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  • Kalpana

    So true! Totally agree with you Stephanie.

  • momjunction

    Thank you very much.