Kid-Friendly Pasta Primavera


Pasta Primavera, a dish that brings the freshness of spring to your plate, is now tailored for your little ones! Our Kid-Friendly Pasta Primavera combines colorful vegetables with a mild, creamy sauce and tender pasta — a perfect way to introduce more veggies into your child's diet. It's a wholesome, vibrant, and delicious meal that will have kids asking for seconds.

Kid-Friendly Pasta Primavera

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 plate


  • Pasta (like farfalle or penne): 400 grams (0.88 pounds)
  • Carrots: 2, sliced
  • Broccoli: 200 grams (0.44 pounds), cut into florets
  • Peas: 100 grams (0.22 pounds)
  • Bell Peppers: 1, sliced
  • Cherry Tomatoes: 150 grams (0.33 pounds), halved
  • Olive Oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic: 2 cloves, minced
  • Cream: 200 ml (about 1 cup)
  • Parmesan Cheese: 50 grams (0.11 pounds), grated
  • Salt and Pepper: to taste
  • Fresh Basil: for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Cook Pasta: Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Sauté Vegetables: In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté garlic for a minute. Add carrots, broccoli, and bell peppers. Cook until slightly tender.
  3. Add Peas and Tomatoes: Stir in peas and cherry tomatoes. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  4. Combine with Pasta: Add the cooked pasta to the vegetables. Mix gently.
  5. Add Cream and Cheese: Pour in the cream and add grated Parmesan cheese. Stir until the pasta is well coated and heated through.
  6. Season: Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve: Garnish with fresh basil before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Vegetable Variations: Feel free to use your kids' favorite vegetables or what you have on hand.
  • Creamy but Light: Adjust the amount of cream to make the sauce lighter or richer as per your preference.
  • Cheese Options: Apart from Parmesan, try using mozzarella or cheddar for a different flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I make this dish ahead of time? It's best served fresh, but you can prep the vegetables in advance.
  • How can I add more protein to this dish? Add grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu for extra protein.
  • Can I use whole wheat pasta? Absolutely! Whole wheat pasta is a healthier option and works well in this recipe.