Food For Our Brood – Pink Pasta (Italian Mac n’ Cheese)

(Last Updated On: April 26, 2013)

Food For Our Brood-post sizeOur brood hate a lot today, either they’re going through a growth spurt or I just made all the right foods! Either way, it was a good food day. I will have to be sure to remember these kind of days next time they fight everything I give them.

Oatmeal, apple slices, milk

Purple popcorn, juice

Pink Pasta (AKA Italian Mac n’ Cheese), cabbage salad with homemade ranch dressing, carrots, sliced strawberries, water

Scrambled Eggs, whole wheat toast with butter, asparagus (Little Guy ate it, the girls refused it), milk

Italian Mac n' Cheese

Pink Pasta A.K.A. Italian Mac n’ Cheese

I was looking for something quick and easy to whip up for lunch today that wasn’t the usual PB and J. We had some leftover tomato sauce from making pizza a couple of days ago, but it wasn’t enough to feed everyone. Eric brought home some ricotta cheese from work that needed to be used up as soon as possible, so I thought we could combine the two into a sauce. The result was a creamy pink sauce that the kids absolutely loved! The girls both said, “It’s pink mac n’ cheese!” I’ve never seen Faithy eat so fast, she even ignored the strawberries (her FAVORITE) on her plate most of lunch time because she was so excited about the pasta. YES! Here’s the recipe:

Pink Pasta (Italian Mac n’ Cheese)
Recipe Type: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian-American
Author: Donna Samuelson
  • 8oz Elbow Macaroni
  • 1/3 C Tomato sauce (tomato paste + spices could work here too)
  • 1/2 C Ricotta cheese
  1. Boil pasta until cooked. I have learned that kids don’t like al dente like I do, they like the pasta very soft. So I cooked the elbows for 10min.
  2. Drain the pasta and put it back into the pan.
  3. Add the tomato sauce and ricotta cheese and stir to combine. The cheese will melt slightly and the sauce created will be pink!


One Reply to “Food For Our Brood – Pink Pasta (Italian Mac n’ Cheese)”

  1. That mac and cheese looks yummy. I am going to test it on my son who is a picky eater. Anymore picky eater suggestions.

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