This one was a hit last night! Spaghetti is usually a popular meal with toddlers, but this version is one that you definitely won’t mind serving. The long list of chopped veggies means there is ample opportunity to get the kids involved in preparing the sauce. Give them a chance to explore the vegetables – how they look, smell, feel, and taste – while chopping them up. Then, toss them all in the sauce and have the kids watch as the appearance and smell changes as they cook. My little guy loved picking out the mushrooms in last night’s dinner and exclaim how he helped mommy chop them up!
Lotsa Veggies Spaghetti
- 1/3 pkg Spaghetti, prepared as per package instructions (I have been using multigrain pastas these days. They are made from lentil and whole wheat flour so they’re higher in protein and fiber when compared to the regular starchy version! There is a slight difference in texture, but the difference in taste is negligible.)
- 1/3 cup starch water (don’t throw out the pasta water!)
- 1 cup Marinara Sauce (Use your favorite recipe, or a bottled/canned one will do too)
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 cup button or portobello mushrooms, finely chopped
- 1/2 zucchini, finely chopped,
- 1/3 cup carrots, finely chopped
- 1 cup spinach, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup broccoli, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp each of dried basil, oregano, and chili flakes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Parmesan Cheese
- Heat skillet with olive oil on medium heat. Then, add chopped garlic and saute for a minute.
- Add all chopped vegetables. Cook until vegetables are soft. It won’t take more than a few minutes because they are finely chopped.
- Add in salt, pepper, and spices.
- Add in marinara sauce, sour cream, and water.
- Simmer sauce to let the flavors of the vegetable medley marry with the sour cream and marinara sauce.
- Add in cooked spaghetti, and top with Parmesan. Serve with a fresh salad for a healthy and delicious meal.
Want more tips on how to involve your kids in the kitchen? Check out my Bay Area Parent article: 10 Reasons Why Your Children Should Spend More Time in the Kitchen