Raise your hand if you have a child who loves pasta! If your hand is high, you must know that mine is wrong. My three-year-old daughter asks for noodles almost every night. I do not always manage to satisfy your pasta requests, but at least I try to get her pasta at least a couple of times a week. In order to make their menu varied and full of fresh, vibrant vegetables, I have searched for various creative ways to turn their pasta into a healthy and balanced meal – the best option, of course, is the pasta salad for kids.

Enclosed I have summarized the best 5 recipes for you.

Confetti macaroni pasta salad for kids



Ingredients :
• 1/2 pound of whole wheat or gluten-free macaroni
• 1/4 cup broccoli fruit
• 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
• 1/4 cup frozen, thawed peas
• 1/4 cup chopped red pepper
• 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
• 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or melted butter
• salt to taste

Manual :

1. Cook the noodles according to the packing instructions. Add the broccoli to the boiling water (to the noodles) in the last minute of cooking.

2. Drain the pasta and broccoli. Then mix with the carrots, peas and paprika.

Southwestern penne pasta salad for kids



Ingredients:
• 1/2 pound of wholemeal or gluten-free noodles
• 1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed (about 1 cup)
• 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
• 1/2 cup frozen, thawed or fresh corn kernels
• 2 teaspoons of lime juice
• 1 tablespoon of olive oil
• 1 teaspoon of honey
• 1/2 teaspoon salt

Manual :
1. Cook the noodles according to the packing instructions. Remove and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, make the dressing by mixing the lime juice, olive oil, honey and salt.
3. Mix the warm-cooked noodles with beans, pepper, corn and dressing. Please, serve warm.

Soba, broccoli and edamame pasta salad for kids

Ingredients:
• 1/2 pound 100% buckwheat soba noodles, whole wheat or gluten-free spaghetti
• 1/2 cup of broccoli florets
• 1/2 cup of frozen or and peeled edamame (or substitute peas for a soy-free option)
• 1 tablespoon of gluten-free tamari, soy sauce or coconut-aminos (for a soy-free option)
• 1 teaspoon of honey
• 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon of sesame
• salt to taste

Manual :
1. Cook the noodles according to the packing instructions.
Add the broccoli to the boiling water – to the noodles in the last minute of cooking. Drain the pasta and broccoli. Put aside.
2. While the noodles are cooking, mix the tamari, soy sauce or coconut-aminos with the honey and olive oil with a whisk until all mix well.
3. Mix the warm-cooked noodles, broccoli, edamame and dressing together. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, then serve warm or at room temperature.

Peas, carrots and Orzo pasta salad for children

Ingredients:
• 1/2 pound of whole wheat or gluten-free orzo
• 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
• 1/2 cup frozen or thawed peas
• 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
• 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or melted butter
• salt to taste
Manual :

1. Cook the noodles according to the packing instructions.
2. Mix the still warm pasta with the carrots, peas, cheese and olive oil or melted butter. Serve warm.

Tomato, chickpea, cheddar and clams



Manual :
• 1/2 pound whole wheat or gluten-free pasta bowls
• 1/2 cup sliced ​​cherry tomatoes
• 1/2 can chickpeas, rinsed and dehydrated (about 1 cup)
• 1/2 cup chopped cheddar
• 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
• salt to taste

1. Cook the noodles according to the packing instructions.
2. Mix the warm pasta with the tomatoes, chickpeas, cheese and olive oil. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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