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 opens in a new tab. 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.
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.
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 opens in a new tab.
What dishes do you and your kids enjoy making together?