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The Value Guru's Go-To Comfort Food for Kids and Grownups

When you learn to cook, you learn to save. So when you’re talking about getting the whole family cooking, too many cooks in the kitchen can actually be a good thing.

Get cooking with the classic comfort dish Baked Pasta. Our version is a one-dish supper with a few healthful updates and a lot of easy options for what you’re craving or for what your pantry holds.

Learn to Cook: Baked Pasta

Here’s a money-saving tip: Dried pasta keeps for a while, so stock up on your favorite shapes when you see them on sale.

Bite-Sized Choices

The more kids help shop for and cook a meal, the more likely they’ll eat it. Get them in the kitchen and you’ll be on your way to the kids-in-the-kitchen payoff. Start by having them choose ingredients for your Baked Pasta. Here’s how:

  • Pasta: penne, shells, elbows, rotini, fusilli, bow ties, macaroni, cavatelli, gemelli, orecchiette, wagon wheels
  • Frozen or cooked veggies: mixed vegetables, corn, peas, peas and carrots, kale, spinach, collard greens, green beans, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, eggplant, bell peppers
  • Grated cheese: Monterey Jack, mozzarella, cheddar, blends, Swiss, Asiago, Fontina, Gruyère, Manchego
  • Cooked veggie purée: butternut, acorn or kabocha squash, pumpkin, sweet potato, cauliflower, broccoli or carrots
  • Spices: nutmeg, mild curry powder, sweet or hot paprika
  • Fresh herbs: basil, flat-leaf parsley, oregano, dill

For more recipes and tips for saving time and money, check out The Whole Deal® value guide.

What dishes do you and your kids enjoy making together?