Every home has a few staple dishes, and easy pasta recipes are some
of the most popular. Pasta is quick, easy, kids love it, and it goes
with almost anything. You can make it healthy, hearty, on the side,
or as the main course; any way is easy and everyone enjoys it.
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Some of the easiest pasta dishes to make are macaroni
and cheese, pasta with tomato
sauce or white sauce,
though there are other dishes that are less common but just as
tasty, like mixing sauce with ricotta. One possibility, and a
kid-favorite, is macaroni with peas, carrots, or both.
Angel hair, linguine, or spaghetti with olive oil and garlic or pesto sauce is another
option as well as fettuccine or tortellini with Alfredo
Whole grain, vegetable, quick cook, fresh, frozen, or refrigerated
pastas taste great with any of these sauces so you can have the
pasta you want with a flavor that you enjoy.
Creating Easy Pasta Recipes
The first step in making any pasta recipe is to cook the pasta; the
dish you make determines when to cook it. For instance, if you are
using a jar sauce instead of fresh sauce, heat up the sauce after
the water for the pasta is already boiling, this way both items
finish cooking at the same time. If you are making pasta with
steamed broccoli, boil both pots of water simultaneously.
Among the easy pasta recipes to make is baked ziti, which starts
with cooking the pasta while the oven is preheating. Next, put a
thin layer of sauce in a large glass casserole pan, add the pasta,
mix in the sauce, sprinkle mozzarella on top, and bake covered for
about 20 minutes or until the cheese melts. For a little more
flavor, add in some black or white pepper, garlic powder, Parmesan
cheese, or brown some chopped meat and mix it in before baking.
Traditional, tasty, and simple, you could make pasta with fresh
chopped tomatoes and basil leaves like they do in Italy or try it
with some broccoli, broccoli and peppers, or steamed zucchini.
Orecchiette with mixed greens and goat cheese is another healthy
option. If you prefer meat to vegetables, cut up and grill some
chicken to add to your pasta dish or try some Italian sausage, hot
One of the best easy pasta recipes to create is chicken tetrazzini;
it's tender, rich, filling, and packed with flavor. To make this
delicious dish all you need is:
Rotisserie chicken, cubed
2 Cups frozen peas
1/4 Cup flour
1/4 Cup butter
1 Cup chicken broth
1 Cup whipping cream
1/2 Cup parmesan cheese
1/2-1 Cup cheddar cheese, as much as desired
Preheat the oven to 350, cook the pasta with the frozen peas and in
another saucepan, melt the butter over a low flame. Mix in the
flour, stir constantly until the mixture is smooth. Add the broth,
whipping cream and Parmesan cheese. Bring to a boil, and stir
constantly for one minute. Toss the mixture with the chicken,
spaghetti, and peas, pour it into a glass baking dish, sprinkle with
cheddar cheese, and bake for 30 minutes.
Fun Pasta and Hot Dogs
This fun idea can get kids involved with cooking and they love to
see the outcome. Slice a package of hot dogs into 1 inch pieces.
Poke several pieces of uncooked spaghetti noodles through the hot
dog pieces. Place a large pot of water on the stove. Bring to a
boil. Add in hot dogs with spaghetti noodles in the pot. Cook until
pasta is tender. Drain and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley
Kid-Friendly Easy Pasta Recipes
As simple and popular as pasta is, some kids just won't eat it. Most
adults like a lot of flavor but kids sometimes like plain or bland
dishes, such as pasta with butter or a favorite vegetable.
Maybe your child prefers pasta with ketchup instead of sauce or
beans as opposed to meat. To help you feed your fussy eater, try
easy pasta recipes such as fried
cheese with ground beef, spaghetti with meatballs,
or tortellini with kielbasa.
Pasta is a versatile food item that you can cook in a variety of
ways to meet your health preferences and your personal taste. Many
easy pasta recipes are available here on our site.
Our Reader's Favorite Easy Pasta Recipes
Healthy Pasta Dish
by caprice (Las Vegas NV)
Here is my healthy, original recipe. It begins with Piccolini pasta
topped with a delicious sauce and has lots of other nutritious
ingredients. It's good for you because zucchini is rich in Vitamin
C, which is great for your hair, skin, teeth, and fighting off
1 Box Mini Farfalle or other pasta shape
4 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
3/4 cup Bacon,
3/4 cups Zucchini, diced
3/2 oz Baby Spinach
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
1 Tbsp. fresh Basil, torn
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season water with salt to
2. Heat olive oil in same sauté pan with garlic and cook until
slightly yellow in color.
3. Pan-fry Bacon in a large sauté pan until crisp. Drain on paper
4. Add Zucchini, Baby Spinach to pan and season with salt and black
pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat to desired doneness.
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Add broccoli and
carrots the last few minutes of the pasta cooking. Meanwhile,
prepare Alfredo sauce. Stir Alfredo sauce into cooked and drained
noodles and vegetables. Warm slightly and serve with additional
Parmesan cheese if desired.
*You can substitute vegetables you may have on hand.
Pecan Pasta Sauce
by Heather, Florida
1 Cup pecans
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 Cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 Cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves
3/4 Cup milk
Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth (if consistency
is too thick, add a little more milk). Toss with favorite cooked
pasta (homemade or store bought). Heat on low/medium for a few
minutes until warm. Serve.
Makes 4-6 servings.