Pasta and sauce is a childhood staple; for baby’s first taste, try this version the whole family can enjoy. Use a slotted spoon to pull out al dente pasta for the adults to eat, and cook the rest of the pasta until it is soft for baby.
Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs
If you’ve never cooked with spaghetti squash, you’ll be amazed by how the cooked flesh pulls apart into spaghetti-like strands. In this spaghetti and meatball dish, it actually takes the place of pasta.
Quick Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Meatballs
What family doesn’t like pasta and meatballs? Frozen angus beef meatballs beat making home-made on a busy night. Streamline the cooking time by making the tomato sauce while the meatballs cook in the oven.
Italian Turkey Meatloaf
Shake up your meatloaf routine by making this simple turkey version. Serve with mashed potatoes and a salad. A little-known fact about turkey- compared to other meats, it is a pretty good source of calcium. Pound for pound, ground turkey is also lower in overall fat and saturated fat than ground chicken.
Penne with Eggplant Sauce
A classic Italian eggplant sauce gets a healthy makeover! Eggplant can soak up a lot of oil; we’ve reduced the amount here, and added a healthier pasta choice than the standard white pasta. Feel free to increase the hot pepper flakes.
Best Tomato and Pancetta Spaghetti
In true Italian style, this pasta is sparsely sauced. This delicious tossed pasta comes together in minutes. Serve with a green salad and a tumbler of wine.
Cheese Tortellini with Pancetta and Wasabi Arugula
A lemony butter sauce with pancetta and peppery arugula dress up cheese tortellini. Saving a bit of pasta cooking water is always a good idea; it bulks up the sauce but is thicker than water as it has some starch from the cooked pasta in it.
This classic Italian dish takes very little time to prepare. It’s kid-friendly, too, with no obvious vegetables to pick out at the table.
Porcini Tortelloni in Brodo
Tortellini means little twists and are a small, stuffed pasta; tortelloni are large tortellini. “In brodo” is Italian for in broth. This makes a great starter to one of our PC lasagnas.
Tomato Crouton Salad
Our version of panzanella- Italian bread salad- uses Calabrese croutons for added crunch. Just as tasty- if less crunchy!- for lunch the next day.