Recipe: “Roll the Roni’s”
Here is a great pasta recipe for kids! My daughter loves
pretty much any kind of pasta...fettuccini, gnocchi, farfalle (aka bow-tie
pasta), orecchiette, fusilli, macaroni, rigatoni and of course, good ol' penne!
It's a perfect match because pasta is also one of my favorite foods to make. I
also enjoy using pasta as a way to mix and match various vegetables, meats,
fish and seasonings.
The main inspiration for this dish today is lemon
olive oil. YUM! I was given a bottle as part of a birthday gift from my
sister-in-law and it is simply fantastic. Really awesome in a light refreshing
summer pasta dish!
For this recipe, you will need:
- Lemon olive oil (or if you
don't have this, you can use olive oil and lemon juice - fresh squeezed
would be best)
- Penne pasta (I prefer the
ridged penne over smooth)
- Parmesan cheese
- You could also add some
shredded white meat chicken to the dish or serve with a light white fish,
like flounder or tilapia
Making this recipe is very simple! Here are the steps:
the pasta. Put a dash of olive oil in the pot to help the pasta noodles remain
separated and not stick together.
carrots and cauliflower so that they are both in bite-sized pieces.
the pasta is al dente, drain and add to a pan big enough to sauté all your
ingredients together. Toss penne, peas, carrots and cauliflower together and
coat lightly with lemon olive oil.
- Add a
teaspoon of butter, a few shakes of pepper and as much parmesan as you
prefer (it's a favorite at our house!) to the pasta and warm everything
over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
your pasta warm with extra parmesan sprinkled on top (freshly shaved sharp
parmesan is also another house favorite and a great way to top off this
Picky Eater Tips!
- The title for this post came from the very simple,
very silly game called "Roll the Roni's" that my daughter and I invented
when playing with cooked pasta on her high chair tray. About six months
ago when she was trying to say "macaroni" it sounded more like "roni roni"
and it stuck! So now, while she is waiting for her penne dinner to
transform on the stove, we use a few cooked penne noodles and play "Roll
the Ronis" which entails blowing the macaroni back and forth to each other
on her tray. She thinks this is the greatest and giggles uncontrollably -
it's wonderful! This game is great way to encourage kids to "play with
their food." Make sure the penne is cooked so if they want to taste it they
are able. Also, have some extra parmesan and lemon olive oil available for
them to dip the ronies into!