An excellent pasta recipe is one that is either whole-grain or bean-based and contains essential nutrients such as fibre, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. All these are good for the children, and that is just the pasta itself.
Homemade pasta is a joy to eat. They taste quite different from those bought in stores. Nannies who know how to make the perfect pasta dough and pair it with mouthwatering sauces will definitely give the children they take care of a new favourite dish.
If you are thinking of serving a great plate of pasta but want to add a little twist, we made a list of five easy dishes you can whip up in an hour. These pasta variations can be adjusted to suit the children’s taste or diet.
Spaghetti and Meatball Pie
We’re starting the list with one of the most popular pasta of choice among children. However, we’re giving the classic Spaghetti and Meatball a little twist: we’re adding in more ingredients to make it a pie. This recipe from Lauren Miyashiro yields six servings and takes only 45 minutes to prepare.
Tip: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees before preparing your ingredients. This gives your oven an ample amount of time to heat up, so everything cooks evenly.
Creamy Avocado Pasta
Avocado is a very unique fruit that is high in healthy fats, making it an incredible food option among health-conscious individuals and those looking for a superfood.
This recipe from The Cooking Foodie combines a healthy serving of avocado with pasta. If you’re a nanny who is continuously rushing between tasks, you don’t have to worry. This dish only takes 15 to 20 minutes to prepare.
Tip: If the children prefer to eat a vegan meal, you can drop the parmesan cheese and replace it with a cup of cherry tomatoes and half a cup of fresh spinach.
Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese
This pasta is suitable for the children who are picky eaters and don’t like to eat their greens. Tasty developed a recipe that included cauliflower, butternut squash, and carrots into six super cheesy bowls of Mac and Cheese.
If you’re a nanny who is constantly looking for ways to incorporate vegetables into the children’s food, this may be the dish you’re looking for.
Tip: You can also use the food processor to cut down the tender vegetables.
Pasta Al Limone (Pasta with Lemon and Butter)
Lemons are fruits that are high in vitamin C and fibre, which are responsible for various health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease, helping to control weight, and protecting against anaemia.
Pasta Al Limone combines the humble lemon to another simple ingredient: butter. The recipe is easy to make and much lighter than Alfredo. The dish only needs four ingredients: spaghetti (or any pasta of choice), butter, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and lemon.
Tip: Nannies can replace cheese with olive oil for a dairy-free meal.
Pasta Alla Gricia
Pasta Alla Gricia is one of the lesser-known classic Roman pasta. The dish highlights the savoury goodness of pancetta or guanciale. It also includes Pecorino Romano, which has a salty, tangy, and umami richness.
Adding in a dash of black pepper will tie together this dish to become a classic meal the children will never have enough of.
Are you looking for more recipes? Check out our Easy 2-Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream by clicking here!
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