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Gentlemen and fellow kitchen hands! I’ve written up some dinner ideas for you that will satisfy your little one’s taste buds, not break the bank and not take forever to cook.

Super Easy Kid-Approved Pasta! These yummy pasta recipes are not only delicious but also quick to prepare, making them a lifesaver for busy dads like us.

We all know how challenging it can be to come up with dinner ideas that please our little food critics. That’s why I’ve put these recipes with minimal ingredients and fuss-free steps, ensuring that you spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying precious moments with your children.

From gooey, cheesy spaghetti to flavorful tomato sauce-coated noodles, these dinner ideas are designed to make your kids smile with every bite. With just a handful of ingredients and a few simple steps, you’ll have a meal on the table in no time. And that right there is great for you, the kids, and that lovely wife of yours.

**I’m no chef! I’m Daddy, Simply. These recipes are for those days that you run out of ideas or too pressed for time!

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Recipe 1: Cheesy Spaghetti

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of spaghetti or other pasta
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Add the milk to the saucepan and heat it until warm.
  4. Gradually stir in the cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese until melted and smooth.
  5. Season the cheese sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add the cooked spaghetti to the saucepan and toss until well coated with the cheese sauce.
  7. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the spaghetti is heated through.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!
Water kettle
Water kettle

**Tip~Instead of waiting for your pasta water to boil on the stove, prep the water with an electric kettle. You’ll save 10 minutes!

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Recipe 2: Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces spaghetti or other pastas
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the minced garlic to the skillet and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir well to combine.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the sauce for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the cooked spaghetti to the skillet and toss until well coated with the tomato sauce.
  7. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the spaghetti is heated through.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!

**Tip- Boil your pasta with a cube of Chicken stock! Try it out and leave me a comment!

I know these are not Gordon Ramsay-esque…but they are amazing and super easy…and that’s what counts! These recipes are quick, easy to make, and should be appealing to your kids. Feel free to adjust the seasoning and ingredients according to your preferences. Bonding together over a nice plate of pasta is an underrated bonding experience. Happy Cooking!

It might NOT look and feel like so much fun, but one day you’ll miss the times when your little ones waited impatiently to eat and get covered with sauce… They are only young once! Enjoy every moment.

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