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Video:How to Make Easy Spaghetti for Kids

with Nicole Papa

Spaghetti is a staple for busy cooks because it's a hearty meal and kids love it. This About.com video will show you how to make easy spaghetti for kids.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Easy Spaghetti for Kids

Hi, my name is Nicole Papa and I'm here today with About.com to talk to you about how to make spaghetti for kids.

Spaghetti Ingredients

Before you begin gather all your ingredients. You will need:

  • A box of spaghetti
  • One jar of tomato sauce
  • Grated cheese
  • Frozen peas

Make Spaghetti a Healthy Meal

Making spaghetti for your kids should only take a few minutes and can make a well-rounded dinner. For example, many pasta brands are now making spaghetti with whole grains, such as whole wheat, lentils, chickpeas and other legumes. Your spaghetti could sneak in extra veggies, fiber and calcium. 

Boil Water

Use a large pot and fill it about half full with water from the faucet. Take 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 tablespoon of oil and add to the water. The salt will help add extra flavor to your pasta and the oil will help the spaghetti from not sticking together. Place the pot of water on the stove and turn the burner on high. Give the water time to heat up and come to a complete boil. Do not add your pasta to the water until the water is boiling. 

Boil and Test the Pasta

Once boiling, open the box of spaghetti and pour into the boiling water, along with the frozen peas. Be careful because some of the hot water can splash out and land on your skin. Add the pasta to the boiling water in smaller segments and not all at once to prevent scalding. After all the pasta is in the water, turn the burner down to a medium-low heat and allow to cook for about 5-7 minutes. 

After about 5 minutes pull a few strands of the spaghetti out of the water to test. Run the strands under cold water and then place in your mouth to determine if they are the proper texture. For kids, the texture should be semi-mushy to prevent chocking and making it easy to swallow.

Add Sauce and Serve Spaghetti

Once the pasta is at the desired texture, strain the water from the spaghetti. Add a jar of tomato sauce to the hot pasta and peas. Look for tomato sauces that include veggies in the puree. Serve the spaghetti in small bowls or on small kids plates immediately.

Using the sauce straight from the jar without heating it will help make the spaghetti the perfect temperate for your child. Have your child sprinkle some grated cheese on top of the spaghetti for a fun topping for your child to enjoy!

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