5 Italian Dishes Kids Can Make

Squished Tomato Pasta Sauce
Even the youngest children can squash tomatoes for this pasta sauce. Jupiterimages/Pixland/Thinkstock

The great thing about Italian food is that the recipes can be delightfully simple and still incredibly flavorful. Take this fun variation on pasta sauce, for example. This recipe is ideal for children as young as 3 because it doesn't require heat or knives.

Place a dozen cherry tomatoes in a bowl; have your kids squeeze each one until the orbs burst and then tear the fruit into small pieces. Add the juice of two large tomatoes. (An adult can cut the tomatoes in half and the kids can squeeze the juice into the bowl). Next, have the children tear small pieces of basil and chives on top of the mixture. They can do the same with a few black or green olives, if they'd like. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top and — voila!— it's a kid-friendly concoction perfect for spooning over pasta [source: BBC Good Food]. Which brings us to the next item on our list.

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