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Recipe: “Roll the Roni’s”

Published August 12, 2011 7:46 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

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)
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Butter
  • Pepper
  • 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:

  1. Boil the pasta. Put a dash of olive oil in the pot to help the pasta noodles remain separated and not stick together.
  2. Cut carrots and cauliflower so that they are both in bite-sized pieces.
  3. Once 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve 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 dish).

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!

Happy Eating!



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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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