Kid-friendly Pasta: Cheesy Pasta Twists

Last updated on May 14th, 2023 at 02:42 pm

Are you on the hunt for a delicious and easy-to-make kid-friendly pasta dish? Look no further! I’ve got the perfect recipe for you. This Cheesy Pasta Twists Skillet is not only packed with flavor but also filled with colorful veggies that kids will love. If not love, at least tolerate 🙂 This meal is a great way to sneak in some healthy ingredients while still serving up a fun and scrumptious dinner. So, gather your ingredients and let’s whip up this fantastic kid-friendly pasta together. Trust me, your family will be asking for seconds in no time!

As parents, we know the struggle of trying to find meals that are not only nutritious but also appealing to our kids. With the Cheesy Pasta Twists, you’ll hit the perfect balance of taste, nutrition, and fun. This kid-friendly pasta is guaranteed to become a family favorite in no time.

Photo of a skillet of pasta with cheese sauce, tomatoes and broccoli

The magic of this dish is in its colorful ingredients. Your kids’ favorite pasta shapes, vibrant broccoli, and cherry tomatoes come together to create a visually exciting meal that kids can’t resist. Plus, the gooey cheese sauce makes it even more tempting for the little ones. You’ll be amazed at how quickly they’ll gobble up their veggies with this kid-friendly pasta.

As a busy parent, I understand the importance of quick and easy meals. That’s why I designed this kid-friendly pasta recipe with simplicity in mind. In just a few steps, you’ll have a delicious dinner on the table, leaving you more time to enjoy with your family. The best part? Cleanup is a breeze since this dish requires minimal pots and pans.

Another fantastic aspect of this kid-friendly pasta is its versatility. Feel free to customize the recipe to suit your family’s preferences or dietary needs. You can swap in spaghetti, tri-color rotini, whole wheat or gluten-free pasta, or use different veggies like bell peppers, peas, or zucchini. You can even experiment with other cheeses to create a unique flavor profile that your family will adore. You’ll definitely want to keep it easy and flavorful with Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic Seasoning and their Mama Mia Marinara Mix.

When serving this dish, be prepared for the compliments to roll in. The Cheesy Pasta Twists are not only a crowd-pleaser among kids, but adults will love it too. It’s perfect for busy weeknight dinners, playdates, or even weekend gatherings with friends and family.

Plate of pasta with cheese sauce, broccoli and tomatoes.
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What I particularly love about this kid-friendly pasta recipe is that it’s an excellent way to introduce kids to cooking. The simple steps and easy-to-follow instructions make it a fun activity to do together as a family. Your little ones will be so proud of their culinary creation, and you’ll be fostering their love for cooking from an early age.

Don’t forget to make a little extra, as the leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day. You can even freeze individual portions for a quick meal on those hectic days when cooking is just not an option. Your kids will be thrilled to have their favorite kid-friendly pasta ready to go at a moment’s notice.

In conclusion, the Cheesy Pasta Twists recipe is a must-try for any family looking to add a fun, nutritious, and easy-to-make meal to their repertoire. With its colorful ingredients, gooey cheese sauce, and customizability, this kid-friendly pasta is sure to become a staple in your household. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to create some delicious memories with your family, one cheesy twist at a time.

Remember to share your cooking adventures with us by tagging your photos on social media. We can’t wait to see your take on this delightful kid-friendly pasta dish. Happy cooking!

Photo of a skillet of pasta with cheese sauce, tomatoes and broccoli

Cheesy Pasta Twist Skillet

Discover a fun, nutritious kid-friendly pasta recipe: Cheesy Rainbow Pasta Twists! Packed with veggies & cheesy goodness, it’s perfect for busy families.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 12 oz. pasta pick one your kids love — tri color is so much fun!
  • 2 cups broccoli florets chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Tastefully Simple Mama Mia Marinara Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or parsley for garnish


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the tri-color rotini pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. During the last 2-3 minutes of cooking, add the chopped broccoli to the pot. Drain the pasta and broccoli in a colander and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic and Mama Mia Marinara Seasonings and cook for 1-2 minutes until butter is browned.
  • Pour the milk into the skillet, and then gradually add the mozzarella, cheddar, and Parmesan cheeses, stirring constantly to create a smooth, creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the cooked pasta and broccoli to the cheese sauce, stirring gently to evenly coat the pasta and vegetables.
  • Gently stir in the halved cherry tomatoes, taking care not to break them.
  • Remove from heat and let the dish sit for 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  • Optional: Garnish with fresh basil or parsley for an added pop of color and flavor.


Serve warm and enjoy the fun, kid-friendly Cheesy Pasta Twists!

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