Parmesan Pea Pasta

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As moms, we’re always searching for recipes that are both nutritious and simple to prepare, especially when it comes to feeding our toddlers. Enter Parmesan Pea Pasta, a delightful dish that combines the comforting taste of pasta with the subtle sweetness of peas and the rich flavor of Parmesan cheese. This recipe is not only quick and easy but also packed with nutrients that are perfect for growing little ones.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb ditalini pasta (or any small pasta, I also like orzo)
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Sprinkle of garlic salt (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add a pinch of salt.
  2. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions.
  3. About 5 minutes before the pasta is done, add the frozen peas to the pot. This will cook the peas perfectly along with the pasta.
  4. Once the pasta and peas are cooked, strain out the water using a colander.
  5. Return the pasta and peas to the pot and add the butter, grated Parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of garlic salt (if using).
  6. Stir everything together until the butter is melted and the pasta is evenly coated with the cheese and butter.
  7. Serve warm and enjoy!

Why It’s Great for Toddlers and Families:

  1. Nutritious: This dish provides a balanced meal with carbohydrates from the pasta, protein, and calcium from the Parmesan cheese, and vitamins and fiber from the peas. It’s a great way to incorporate vegetables into your toddler’s diet.
  2. Kid-Friendly Flavors: The creamy, cheesy taste is a hit with toddlers, making it easier to introduce them to new textures and flavors.
  3. Quick and Easy: With minimal ingredients and steps, this recipe is perfect for busy moms who need to prepare a meal in a pinch. It’s also an excellent option for those evenings when you’re short on time but still want to provide a homemade meal.
  4. Customizable: You can easily adapt this recipe to suit your family’s tastes. Try adding in other vegetables like carrots or corn, or using different types of pasta for variety.

Storage Instructions:

  • Refrigerator: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply microwave until warm or heat on the stovetop.
  • Freezer: Although best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze this dish if needed. Place the cooled pasta in a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat as mentioned above.
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Parmesan Pea Pasta

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 lb ditlani pasta, or other small pasta
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4-1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • sprinkle of garlic salt

Instructions 

  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add a pinch of salt.
  • Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions.
  • About 5 minutes before the pasta is done, add the frozen peas to the pot. This will cook the peas perfectly along with the pasta.
  • Once the pasta and peas are cooked, strain out the water using a colander.
  • Return the pasta and peas to the pot and add the butter, grated Parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of garlic salt (if using).
  • Stir everything together until the butter is melted and the pasta is evenly coated with the cheese and butter.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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