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My Little Red has gotten better with foods, but there was a time when cooking dinner for him was a nightmare. He was very vocal about it too as all kids are. “I don’t like this.” “It takes like poop.” And people wonder why they call it “mommy juice.” I was a single mom back then too and making two meals was a lot of work for just me. One of my son’s favorite dishes was buttered pasta. This Creamy Kids Pasta is a take on that. I’m giving you an easy recipe, very basic, and depending on what your kids like and don’t like, you can add ingredients to it.
Frozen green peas… I LOVE THEM! They’re sweet, yummy, and I don’t get the usual complaints. They are perfect for this easy recipe because they’re ready in no time. Easy peasy. 😉 I even puree peas and stick them in stuff. Sometimes, sneaking veggies into food is the only way.
Other vegetables you can add:
carrots – cooked and diced
spinach – frozen and chopped
broccoli – fresh, chopped into pieces
cucumber ribbons – kids love ribbons
sweet potato- cooked and chopped into pieces
butternut squash- cooked and chopped into pieces
parsnip- puree and mix in with the crème fraîche
corn- you could even use canned corn
asparagus- fresh and chopped into pieces
green beans- fresh and chopped into pieces
Bust out your spiralizer. Zoodles are always a big hit with kids.
One of his other favorites is this Amish Macaroni Salad.
You can use sour cream to make this Creamy Kids Pasta, but I like the thickness and richness of crème fraîche. I’m using regular pasta here. I’ve made it using whole wheat pasta, and my Little Red never noticed a difference. I sometimes add grated parmesan, diced ham, or pieces of bacon to make it a more complete meal.
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Easy Recipe: Creamy Kids Pasta
- ½ box of thin spaghetti
- ¾ cup creme fraiche or sour cream
- ¼ cup frozen green peas
- Make the spaghetti according to the package instructions.
- One minute before the pasta is ready, add the frozen green peas.
- Drain the spaghetti and the peas together. Don’t worry if they are still frozen. They will finish cooking with the heat from the pasta.
- In a large bowl, add the pasta, peas (or whatever veggies you are using), crème fraîche and salt.
- Mix together well and serve.
- Easy peasy!