We are always striving for that perfect weeknight meal – seasonal and locally grown ingredients, easy to prepare, and kid-friendly. This recipe makes that list.
But let’s be honest. Easy or hard, if Mackenzie loves it, it always makes the list.
Roasting the vegetables is super easy and gives you a chance to do other things. Then just toss with fresh pasta and grated cheese, and dinner is done.
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- 2 cups summer tomatoes, chopped into bite-size chunks
- 2 cups summer squash, chopped into bite-size chunks
- Sea salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Parmesan, grated for serving
- 1 package of dried pasta, like Rotini or wide egg noodles
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. In a bowl, stir together the vegetables and olive oil. Salt and pepper to your taste. Place baking sheet in the oven and roast until tender but not soft, approximately 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions and grate the cheese.
- Serve the roasted vegetables on top of the pasta, and garnish with Parmesan cheese.
- This recipe is pared down for an easy weeknight dinner. You can dress it up with more veggies, fresh herbs, or a blend of different cheeses. It is also great served with a salad.
I know I need to get my daughter into the kitchen with me, but I am too scared (and I like to be alone when I cook). Good for you! I hear it helps them overcome pickiness. 🙂
October 2nd, 2013 at 10:33 pm
It is tough cooking with little ones sometimes! We have made a lot of “guestimated” cookie and tortilla recipes. 🙂 But having her cook with me is sometimes the only way I can actually get it done!