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Recipe: Piccolini Perfecto!

Published October 7, 2011 8:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

This week I would like to share my most recent love affair with food for little ones: Barilla's Piccolini Pasta with Veggies!

Each box of pasta "contains 25 percent pureed fresh in-season vegetables." There are three different types that Barilla currently makes, shown below:

Three pastas

From top to bottom: Mini pipes made with carrots and squash; mini rotelle (aka wagon wheels) made with zucchini and spinach; and mini farfalle (aka bow tie pasta) made with tomatoes and carrots.

Check out to see a myriad of information for moms and young eaters. Here is a link to their Mini Chef Recipes found only at

Here is a recipe I made with the mini carrot and squash pipes, which in my opinion have a bit of a sweet quality to them and were very appealing to both myself and my little one.

Mini pipes with rainbow veggies

Mini pipe with rainbow veggies


  • ½ box of mini pipes
  • Corn kernels (frozen or canned)
  • Peas (frozen or canned)
  • Fresh carrots (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • Chicken broth
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • Shaved parmesan cheese


  1. Follow directions on the pasta box and boil the mini pipe pasta.
  2. In a separate large sauté pan (I like to use a wok), warm the vegetables on medium heat in a cup of chicken broth (although you may need more), a tablespoon of butter and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Let simmer until all three veggies are soft and child-ready.
  3. Add in boiled pasta and stir together. (Do not add in pasta until veggies are soft enough to eat).
  4. Sprinkle a dash of black pepper and shaved parmesan on top and mix. Let everything blend together and warm on low for about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Serve with a whole wheat roll and a cup of milk for a yummy and healthy fall meal!

On the Barilla website, there are several links I found that you may enjoy: 

  1. Cooking with Kids Great tips for "grating cheese," "snipping basil," "measuring pasta," "chopping vegetables," and "creating a rainbow" on your child's plate!
  2. Kid-Friendly Recipes
  3. Placemat Creator Print and color your own placemat to help make eating more fun!


Join me next week with more delicious Piccolini Pasta Plates!



Welcome to the first of my three summer pasta salads that are perfect for picky eaters! Each of the three

June 7, 2013 11:03 AM

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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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