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 bag 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!
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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