For this manicotti kids cooking party we've done the planning now
you can do the fun part. Cooking Manicotti is as simple as preparing
lasagna. Manicotti noodles are round tubes and they look like a
telescope so kids love to play with them.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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For this manicotti kids cooking party, you will want to write down
the manicotti recipe below. Create one for each child that will be
at the party. This will give them each a chance to follow the recipe
while they are preparing the menu. It is also a good idea to include
an extra one for them to take home, one that won't get cheese or
spaghetti sauce on it. They can impress their own family with what
they learned at the cooking party.
It is also a good idea to write the menu on a sheet of paper hung on
the wall or chalkboard. You can even make this look like a
Once you know the number of children coming go through the list of
things needed especially utensils, bowls, etc. If you need extra ask
friends or family if you can borrow some items for a manicotti kids
Manicotti Kids Cooking Party Items Needed:
Small rectangle disposable aluminum pans. This will allow each
child to prepare their own pan.
Masking tape. To label kid chefs name on the pans.
Ziploc bags -to fill the manicotti
noodles (if you are using this method see below) if you
are using spoons or hands don't worry about the bags.
Bowl- 1 or 2 large depending if you are doubling the recipe
Spoons- one for each child for mixing, pouring and a few
extras if needed
Buy non perishable items, goody bags and any craft supplies
you need if you are decorating aprons or hats
Prepare chef hats ahead of time
Several days ahead:
Put your goody bags together
Get a final number of how many children are coming to the
One to two days ahead:
Do your grocery shopping for the remaining items
Cook hamburger morning of party or night before just make sure
you drain grease off well.
Shred cheese if not done already
Prepare cooking party cake if you are having one
Morning of party:
Line kitchen tables or any large table with a plastic
tablecloth or white butcher paper.
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Manicotti Recipe with Cheese Filling
8 oz. mozzarella cheese
2 Cups cottage cheese
¾ Cup grated parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoons parsley
l egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Pepper
Jar of spaghetti sauce
Cooked ground hamburger
The first part will be a team effort. Have each child add one
ingredient as follows. In a large bowl mix mozzarella cheese,
cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg and parsley together. If you
have a large group (more than 4-5 kids) you will need to double the
recipe and then you can split the party into two teams and each make
their own bowl of filling.
Have one child add the spaghetti sauce and hamburger together.
Another child can stir. Give each kid chef a small rectangle
disposable aluminum pan. Each child can spoon a small amount of
sauce to cover the bottom of their pan.
To fill the noodles use a spoon, fingers (make sure they wash their
hands!) or have kids cut with kitchen scissors a corner of a ziploc
bag to resemble a pastry bag. Stuff cheese mixture into noodles.
Each child can have 3-4 noodles to fill their pan. Place noodles on
top of the sauce and pour more sauce to cover the top of the
noodles. They can sprinkle with more cheese on the top if they would
like or leave it as is.
Have each child put their name on their pan with masking tape. Have
the adult cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes covered with foil.
Remove foil and bake 10 minutes or until noodles are tender. Stick a
knife in a noodle and if it is tender it is ready. While the
manicotti is cooking, prepare a dessert or other recipe you have
planned, decorate aprons, chef hats or play cooking games.