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We are cooking spring pasta for Easter this year. I decided to make a kid friendly option same as my mom was used to offer during Holy Week celebrations. Sometimes it is difficult to inspire our children to eat veggies but when presented in a fun way can help with the daunting task of making something that will entice their tastebuds.
Pasta shaped in fun forms like bunnies and Easter eggs is a great way to incorporate vegetables to kids meals. In this spring pasta recipe I am using frozen asparagus tips and mixed veggies such as corn, lima beans, green beans, peas and carrots. And to flavor the pasta using butter and simple spices like seasoned salt and a pinch of oregano.
Spring Pasta for Easter
- 4 cups of Easter shaped pasta
- 6 cups of boiling water
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of cooking oil
- 2 cups of mixed frozen veggies
- 1 cup of frozen asparagus tips
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 1 teaspoon of seasoned salt
- 1 pinch of dried oregano
- 1 pinch of black pepper
- 3 sprigs of fresh parsley
- Cook the pasta for 5-7 minutes on boiling salted water with cooking oil to avoid sticking. When the pasta is ready temper with cold water and strain.
- Cook the frozen veggies with 1/2 stick of butter and the spices in the microwave oven.
- Then add the cooked veggies to the pasta and fold. Finish with chopped fresh parsley and serve hot.
- You can garnish the spring pasta with parmesan cheese if desired.
- The spring pasta dish can also be a nice complement to a meal served alongside a baked ham, rotisserie chicken or a beef or lamb roast and a fresh salad.
Kids have very sensitive tastebuds, because unlike adults they are still developing their taste and sometimes certain ingredients that for us taste good for them the taste is too strong. Using simple flavors helps while introducing new ingredients to them alongside familiar dishes like pasta.
When I saw this Easter pasta embracing the theme of an Easter egg hunt and the bunnies immediately thought would be a great idea to add as one of my options for my Easter menu. Adding a fun dish that for the adults will bring a smile and the kids will appreciate is part of the success. I wonder if you have experienced this, but often during the holidays or when we have parties at home the children never want to eat so having something attractive for them in the menu it is a good idea so that they are enticed to eat not only dessert.
This spring pasta flavors are inspired in the traditional Italian dish for “la pasta primavera” which is very tasty and can be finished with finely shredded parmesan cheese if desired. The spring pasta dish can also be a nice complement to a meal served alongside a baked ham, rotisserie chicken or a beef or lamb roast and a fresh salad.
I hope your Easter celebrations are blessed and joyful.
Accept the risen Jesus into your life even if you have been far away, take a small step towards him: he awaits you with open arms ~ Pope Francis
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