Flickr photo by moonlightbulbIf your kids have reached what I refer to as the "pasta age" it can be really difficult to wean them off the white stuff. Instead my husband and I have gotten creative and add things in when they're not looking.
If we can trick them into eating a vegetable, fantastic. If the meal winds up being more exciting to us than pasta, butter and cheese -- we're ecstatic. This recipe for butternut squash and spinach pasta fits both bills. Big thanks to my friend Melissa!
Here's what you need:
1 butternut squash cut into one inch squares
1 yellow onion
1 bag of spinach
6-8 slices of bacon (or turkey bacon)
1 box of penne pasta (we like whole wheat pasta)
grated Parmesan cheese
In a roasting pan, roast the butternut squash drizzled in olive oil until golden brown and tender (about 40 minutes at 400 degrees).
About half way through roasting the squash add the yellow onion which has been cut up in small pieces.
In a skillet saute the spinach with olive oil and salt and pepper.
Fry up the bacon.
Cook the pasta.
Combine the squash, onions, spinach, bacon (ripped into small pieces) and pasta and liberally sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese.
What do you feed your kids when all they want is pasta?