Top 5 family pasta recipes

Our top five family pasta recipes are bursting with flavour and nutritional benefits as well as keeping you fuller for longer – and the kids will love them.

Packed with veggies along with hidden vitamins, minerals and fibre, these family pasta dishes aren't just simple, hearty fare to keep hunger at bay. They're specially designed to fill growing children with good things – and grown-ups, too. Just as importantly, they taste great. 

Spaghetti & meatballs with hidden veg sauce

Cooking with kids: spaghetti and meatballs with hidden veg sauce
This classic dish is always a winner with little ones and adults alike. On top of that, our super easy spaghetti & meatballs recipe includes steps in the method where kids can get involved in the cooking. This simple, top-rated recipe is sure to go down a treat.

Secret green sauce spaghetti

Spaghetti with green sauce in bowl
Sneak some greens into this pesto-based spaghetti dish that is topped with cheese and even more fresh, green basil leaves. Using peas and baby spinach in the pesto sauce boosts the nutritional content of this creamy comfort food. 

Salmon & pea pasta

Salmon and pea pasta
This 20-minute pasta dish is packed with fibre from the wholewheat fusilli and omega-3 from the fish and it only needs a handful of ingredients to make. The salmon is perfect with our simple creamy sauce (made with low-fat crème fraîche), so a great low-calorie option for a midweek meal. 

Veggie lasagne

Veggie lasagne
Low-fat crème fraîche comes in handy again for topping this healthy veggie lasagne that offers an easy way to get your five-a-day. Underneath, it's layered with soft aubergine, red pepper, onions and tomatoes – just the thing for warming up on cold nights. 

Pasta with tomato & hidden veg sauce

Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce
Who knew pasta could be so healthy! This simple tomato pasta dish boasts a wholesome sauce made with carrots, celery and leek – and it's freezable to make midweek meals even easier.

If you're looking for more clever recipes to get even more veg into your child's diet, read up on the best hidden veg recipes for kids

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