It's no surprise that pasta recipes are right at the top of the list of kid friendly dinner recipes. Many of these recipes can be made ahead and are also great for parties.
I have four kids that are all involved in sports. Let me tell you, I make a lot of noodle dishes. In addition to the recipes below, I usually have a zip style bag of cooked noodles in my fridge ready to go. I have found that you can cook noodles in advance. Just rinse it after cooking, toss with a little light olive oil and store in the fridge in either a zip style pag or tightly closed container. You can heat it up by placing it in a colandar and running hot water over it. While I don't normally do this for pasta recipes it can save time in a pinch when prepping a recipe in stages, or is good just heated up with a little Parmesan cheese!
Linguine with White Clam Sauce
Pasta Pizza Bake
Lasagna Roll Ups
Spaghetti and Meatballs
No Boil Lasagna
Layered Lasagna Casserole
Baked Macaroni with Triple Cheese
Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp
Creamy Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce
Artichoke Chicken Linguine
Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli
Stove Top Mac and Cheese
Acapulco Pasta Bake
Fettuccini with Roasted Asparagus and Goat Cheese
Spaghetti with Basil and Double Meat Sauce
Rotini Taco Bake
Broccoli Chicken Pasta
Baked Ziti with Sausage and Fresh Basil
Easy Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole
Make-Ahead Meaty Mostacholi
No Time To Cook Spaghetti and Meatballs
For many pasta recipes, the most time consuming part is waiting for the water to boil and cooking the noodles. If you are in a hurry, place a lid on the pot of water to help it come to a boil faster.
Pasta recipes, especially those with red sauce, can be very
messy to eat! Taylor from Household Management 101 has some helpful laundry stain removal tips in case the sauce goes on your shirt instead of on your plate!
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To Rinse or Not To Rinse...
The rule of thumb that I use is that I don't rinse pasta after cooking if I'm going to be mixing it with a sauce. The starch that is left on the noodles after cooking seems to help the sauce adhere to the noodles.
If however, I will be serving the noodles seperately, storing them for later use, or using them in a cold salad then I rinse the noodles.
Do you rinse? Please submit what you do at the bottom of the page!
I've gotten cooking for a sports team out of a hotel room down to a science. One of my standby, make ahead dishes is spaghetti with meat sauce. I pre-cook the noodles at home, make up and freeze the sauce and just reheat in the hotel room!