Pasta offers the perfect backdrop for a variety of meats, cheeses and veggies—making it a great ally in sneaking extra nutrition under the radar. And these guaranteed-to-please, kid-friendly dishes are a delicious place to start.
Kids will forget all about their favorite boxed variations of mac and cheese once they take a bite of this supremely creamy, homemade recipe. Two artisan cheeses and a dash of chipotle powder are the secret ingredients.
Recipe: Macaroni and Cheese from Beecher’s Cheese
Cheddar cheese is a favorite amongst children, so why not feature it in a classic lasagna? The change-up may sound peculiar, but we promise, the extra-savory, perfectly layered result is to die for.
Recipe: Lasagna with Cheddar Cheese
On busy weeknights, rotisserie chicken is a mom's best friend—and this easy Chicken Tetrazzini is proof. You won't believe how easy it is, and the cheesy baked pasta will undoubtably have the kids clamoring for seconds.
Recipe: Chicken Tetrazzini
Here's another baked pasta recipe sure to be a hit with the little ones. Kids will love the warm, perfectly melted medley of mushrooms, Italian sausage and penne.
Recipe: Baked Pasta with Sausage, Mushrooms and Fontina
Get dinner on the table fast with this simple seafood and pasta toss. Canned beans and pre-cooked pasta make the process quick and the pay off delicious.
Recipe: Shrimp and Tomato Pasta Toss
Meaty, hearty and unapologetically Midwestern, this spaghetti dish packs a powerfully filling punch with its medley of spices, including just a touch of cocoa powder.
Recipe: Cincinnati Chili
Ease your kids into a love for leafy greens with our warm and cheesy pasta bake staring ziti, cheddar and wonderfully wilted kale. Recipe: Creamy Fresh Greens Pasta Bake
Spaghetti gets dressed up in colorful, fresh veggies and a silky Alfredo sauce for an easy crowd pleaser. This recipe is super versatile, too—just use whatever vegetables you have on hand.
Recipe: Pasta Primavera
Venture past penne and spaghetti, and show your kids that pasta comes in all shapes and sizes. This irresistible orzo dish with chicken and spinach meatballs is the perfect place to start.
Recipe: Chicken and Spinach Meatballs
For a frugal mom counting her pennies (or any mom in search of a great kid-friendly dinner) look no further than this comforting Mexican casserole starring super economical Ramen noodles.
Recipe: Mexican Casserole
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