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10 Yummy Pasta Recipes For Toddlers

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Is your toddler a fussy eater? Are you looking for innovative ways to turn their favorite food into a healthy delicacy? Well, what you need is to cook pasta with a twist!

Pasta is a favorite among toddlers and young children. And why not! It tastes yummy, and you’ll have to agree! The best thing about this Italian delicacy is that you can fill it with healthy ingredients and turn it into a wholesome meal.

So, ready to do the tango with pasta for toddlers? Let’s cook some delicious and healthy pasta recipes for toddlers!

Delicious Pasta Recipes For Toddlers

1. Baked Pasta:

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Yes, baked pasta is a thing! And it is sure to be a hit with your fussy eater.

You will need:

  • 1/2 package wheat pasta
  • 1 medium-size onion (chopped)
  • 1 fresh tomato (chopped)
  • ½ cup corn
  • ⅓ cup mushrooms (finely chopped)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese (to taste)
  • Virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to:

  1. Take a flat pan and pour one tablespoon of olive oil on it. Heat the oil on the flame.
  2. Add chopped onion and sauté them until they turn translucent. Now add all the other vegetables and tomato into the pan.
  3. Cook all the vegetables until they turn tender. Once done, switch off the flame and keep the pan aside. Next, cook pasta.
  4. For pasta, follow the directions given on the pasta package and cook it accordingly.
  5. Mix the cooked pasta with part of the mozzarella cheese and the other ingredients in a casserole dish.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
  7. Sprinkle the remaining cheese and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Serve it hot to your toddler as a yummy breakfast or as an early dinner.

2. Chicken pasta salad

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Who doesn’t love chicken pasta? If you are a vegetarian, you can use tofu instead of chicken. This pasta salad recipe for toddlers is definitely a winner among the list.

You will need:

  • 8oz wheat pasta
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup assorted vegetables (stir-fried)
  • 2 stalks green onion
  • 2tbsp soy sauce

How to:

  1. Cook pasta for 8-10 minutes or as per the directions on the pack.
  2. Add one tablespoon sesame oil/olive oil and fry the chicken.
  3. Once the chicken is done, add it to the pasta.
  4. Now heat the remaining oil and sauté the green onion.
  5. Next, add the veggies and stir-fry until crisp.
  6. Add the veggies to the chicken and pasta.
  7. Add soy sauce and sesame oil over the pasta then mix and toss.
  8. You can serve this dish either cold or warm.

3. Udon noodles soup

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Soups soothe your little one’s tummy while also providing nutrition. You must try to add soup to your toddler’s diet on a regular basis. Here’s a pasta soup recipe that’s sure to tickle your toddler’s taste buds!

You will need:

  • 6 cups low sodium, fat-free chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1tbsp ginger (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 pound boiled udon or soba noodles
  • 1 cup tofu
  • 1 cup cooked chicken
  • 2 scallions
  • 2tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1tsp sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup bean sprouts

How to:

  1. Mix both the broth and ginger in a pot and bring it to boil.
  2. In a different pot, heat lightly salted water and bring to boil.
  3. Next, add the pasta and cook for four to five minutes.
  4. Add the chicken, scallions, and sesame oil to the broth and simmer for five minutes.
  5. Now put the noodles in serving bowls and add the hot broth and vegetables.

4. Macaroni and two cheeses

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Macaroni and cheese – now that’s a match made in heaven! This recipe can be made delicious by adding a variety of seasonal vegetables to it.

You will need:

  • 1 pound macaroni
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 2tbsp flour
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (cooked)
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs

How to:

  1. Cook the macaroni for 8 to 10 minutes and drain the water. Run it under cold water and keep it aside in a strainer.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C) and grease a large baking dish.
  3. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a saucepan. As the oil heats, add the flour and make a paste. Cook for some time.
  4. Then slowly add milk to make a smooth sauce. Cook for another five minutes.
  5. Now it’s time to season with salt and pepper.
  6. Next, add half of each type of cheese and mix them together to get a smooth sauce -like consistency.
  7. As the sauce is ready, place the pasta in the casserole and add the cheese sauce and cooked vegetables to it. Make sure all the pasta is coated with it.
  8. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and the remaining cheese on top.
  9. Now bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Serve it hot for breakfast with a glass of lemonade.

5. Spinach pasta

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Spinach is a not-so-favorite vegetable of many toddlers and kids. In such a case, you can sneak this vegetable into your toddler’s most loved recipes.

You will need:

  • 200g fresh spinach
  • 30g mini pasta shells
  • 15g unsalted butter
  • 2tbsp milk
  • 2tbsp cream cheese (grated)
  • 4tbsp parmesan cheese (grated)

How to:

  1. Cook the pasta as per the directions on the pack.
  2. Wash the spinach and cook it in water. Discard the water.
  3. Now melt some butter in a pan and sauté the spinach.
  4. Now, add milk and grated cheese to the spinach. Mix well to make a smooth sauce.
  5. Add pasta to the sauce and give a good mix again.
  6. Serve hot with a cup of mint and lemon cooler.

6. Pasta stars with cheese and vegetables

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Do you want to help improve your toddler’s relation with food? Try interesting shapes and colors! This recipe has all that you need to make a recipe visually pleasing and nutritionally umpteen.

You will need:

  • 125g carrots
  • ½ cup capsicum (diced)
  • ½ cup corn kernels
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 3 medium-sized tomatoes
  • 50g cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup pasta stars

How to:

  1. Cook star pasta as per the directions given on the pack.
  2. Then, steam the carrots, capsicum, and corn for 15 to 20 minutes until they are tender.
  3. Heat the butter and then add the chopped tomatoes. Sauté until mushy.
  4. Now, remove from heat and add the cheese. Mix them well.
  5. Next, mash the cooked carrots, capsicum, and corn. Blend together with tomato and cheese mixture.
  6. Add the cooked pasta stars to the mashed puree of vegetables and serve.

7.Chickpea pasta

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You got to try this recipe! Not just your toddler, you too will love it for sure! This recipe has a seamless blend of a legume with pasta that is tasty and healthy.

You will need:

  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 garlic
  • ½ tin of tomatoes (chopped)
  • 400g chickpeas
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 150g macaroni
  • Rosemary (to taste)
  • Chili flakes (to taste)

How to:

  1. Take a thick bottom pan and pour some olive oil in it.
  2. Next, gently fry carrots, celery, and garlic.
  3. Now add the chickpeas, rosemary, tomato, stock cube, chili, and water.
  4. Simmer until the chickpeas and carrots are slightly soft.
  5. Mix the cooked pasta and drizzle some olive oil, pepper, grated cheese.
  6. Serve warm.

8. Curly salmon pasta

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Repeat after us ‘fish is good for my baby’! Yes, with this recipe, you can give your toddler the best of two worlds – The taste of pasta with the goodness of salmon!

You will need:

  • 300g pasta
  • ½tsp unsalted butter
  • ½ onion
  • 1g head of broccoli
  • 2 carrots
  • 1tsp mustard powder
  • 3tbsp cream cheese
  • 50g cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 2 salmon filets
  • 1tsp corn flour
  • 1tsp wheat flour

How to:

  1. Cook the pasta according to instructions given on the package.
  2. Now, add the butter and chopped onions to the pasta. Pour the water and cook until tender.
  3. Once done, add broccoli and carrot. Cook for a minute.
  4. Next, mix the mustard powder, cream cheese, and grated cheddar. Now cook for about five to seven minutes.
  5. Now you need to add a teaspoon of corn flour and wheat flour along with cold water, stirring continuously.
  6. Add the salmon and cook for another 10-11 minutes. Mix the salmon, sauce, and pasta together. Cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Serve warm.

9. Toddler spaghetti bolognese

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This special recipe is geared up to suit your toddler’s developing palate. It has the smoothness of long, cylindrical pasta and meaty flavor of beef. This dish is nutritious and health-benefiting when consumed in moderation.

You will need:

  • 1tsp sunflower oil
  • 2 onions (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 400g tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1tbsp tomato puree
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 carrot (cut into chunks)
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1tsp corn flour
  • 200g spaghetti

How to

  1. Cook the pasta according to instructions on the pack.
  2. Then, pour some oil into the pan. As the oil heats, add the onions and garlic. Sauté till you get a fine aroma.
  3. Next, add the chopped tomatoes, beef stock, tomato puree and black pepper. Cook until the tomato turns mushy.
  4. Now, sprinkle oregano and add chunks of carrot, and bring the mixture to boil.
  5. Add the beef mince and cook till the beef is fully cooked.
  6. Once done, mix corn flour and cook for another four minutes. The bolognese sauce is ready.
  7. Serve the cooked spaghetti with bolognese sauce for the early dinner.

10. Jungle pasta

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Let your toddler’s imagination run free with this next recipe – the jungle pasta. As the name goes, this creative pasta is all about a variety of vegetables dressed in cheese, served over pasta. Your toddler will love it on those lazy Sundays when you want to cook something creative.

You will need:

  • 300g animal-shaped pasta
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • one clove garlic
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 400g tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1tbsp tomato puree
  • 1tbsp fresh basil
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 1 broccoli
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 1tbsp wheat flour
  • 450ml milk
  • 300g cheddar cheese (grated)

How to:

  1. Cook the pasta until tender or as per the instructions given on the pack. Once done, keep it aside.
  2. Take a thick bottom pan and place it on medium heat.
  3. Once the pan is hot, add olive oil to it. As the oil heats, put the onion and garlic in it. Cook until they are soft.
  4. Next, add tomatoes, tomato puree, basil, and a little pepper. Cook the mix for about ten minutes. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli.
  5. Add the tomato sauce and broccoli to the pan and give a thorough whisk.
  6. Now, add butter and wheat flour. Mix everything together and cook for an additional two minutes.
  7. Now add milk with constant stirring.
  8. Take the pan off the heat once the milk starts simmering. The sauce is ready.
  9. Now, mix the pasta with the sauce and pour this into a microwave-proof dish.
  10. Garnish with grated cheese.
  11. Bake for about 20 minutes and the dish is ready to serve.

While you enjoy these recipes, do check some frequently asked questions about pasta for toddlers.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is eating pasta bad for my toddler?

No, pasta is not bad or harmful for your toddler. However, just like any other food groups, portion control is key. Thus it must be consumed in moderation. It is important to have a variety of starches as they all have different nutrition content, thus avoid serving pasta to your toddler daily. Selecting the right type of pasta for your baby is also important. It is best to choose wheat or multigrain pasta for your baby instead of those made from refined flour. Multigrain pasta is high in fiber and low in GI thus it will keep your child’s gut healthy and prevents constipation, keep them full for a longer period (satiety) while preventing childhood obesity.

2. How much pasta can my toddler eat in a day?

As per the American Academy of Pediatrics, six servings of grains per day are recommended for toddlers. One serving of cooked pasta for a toddler equals four tablespoons (1).

Making pasta is always a lot of fun! Involve your toddler in the cooking process. This will help them develop a taste for different foods and flavors. But yes, you may have to deal with an extra messy kitchen!

So, give your toddler a glimpse of Italian cuisine with these tasty pasta recipes.

And don’t forget to share your pasta recipe with us in the comments section below!

References:

1. Serving Sizes for Toddlers; Healthy Children; American Academy of Pediatrics
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