Pasta for Picky Eaters

Written by
Kellee Mikuls
Published on
March 7, 2023

Picky eaters can make mealtime a challenge, especially when it comes to getting them to eat their vegetables or trying something new. But who says that pasta has to be boring? With a little creativity, you can make delicious pastas that even picky eaters will love.

Here are a few of our favorite pasta dishes that are not only easy to make, but also kid-friendly:

Mac & Cheese with Veggies

Who doesn’t love mac & cheese? To make it a little healthier, try adding some veggies to the mix. Carrots, broccoli, or even peas can be added to the sauce to give it some extra nutrients. You can even top it off with some breadcrumbs for a crunchy texture. Your kids will love the creamy, cheesy goodness, and they won’t even know they’re eating their veggies!

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Spaghetti & meatballs is a classic dish that kids love. To make it a little more interesting, try using different types of meat or even try veggie meatballs. You can also mix up the sauce with a tomato-basil sauce or even a creamy alfredo sauce. The options are endless, so have fun experimenting!

Pesto Pasta

Pesto pasta is a simple and delicious dish that is perfect for picky eaters. You can use a classic basil pesto or try something new like spinach pesto or sun-dried tomato pesto. Add some cherry tomatoes and cheese for a little extra flavor and texture. This dish is a hit with kids because it’s simple, flavorful, and fun to eat.

Baked Ziti

Baked ziti is a comforting and hearty dish that kids love. Start by cooking some ziti and then add a tomato sauce, cheese, and any toppings you like. You can even add some cooked ground beef or sausage for some extra flavor. Bake until bubbly and golden brown, and you have a delicious and satisfying dish that even picky eaters will love.

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Pizza Pasta

Who says you have to choose between pizza and pasta? With pizza pasta, you get the best of both worlds! Start by cooking some pasta and then add a pizza sauce and your favorite toppings. You can use pepperoni, sausage, or even vegetables like spinach or onion. Top it off with some cheese and bake until bubbly. Your kids will love this dish because it’s a fun twist on traditional pizza.

Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Chicken alfredo pasta is a creamy and comforting dish that kids love. To make it a little healthier, try using whole wheat pasta and adding some steamed broccoli to the mix. Add some grilled chicken for some extra protein. Your kids will love the rich and creamy sauce, and they won’t even know they’re eating something healthy.

Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a great option for picky eaters because it’s easy to make and customizable. You can use any type of pasta you like and add your favorite veggies, proteins, and dressings. Try using a colorful pasta like tri-color rotini and add some cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and a light vinaigrette dressing. Your kids will love the variety and flavors in this dish.

Picky eaters don’t have to mean mealtime is a struggle. With a little creativity, you can make delicious pastas that kids will love!