5 Italian Dishes Kids Can Make

Fresh Pasta
Pasta from scratch is very easy to make. wanderluster/iStock/Thinkstock

Even if your child is a picky eater, he probably loves pasta. And what better way to engage in some food-centric fun than by whipping up a batch of fresh noodles? Pasta recipes are surprisingly simple and are practically built for fun.

To make a basic pasta recipe, simply mix flour, eggs, milk, olive oil and a pinch of salt until it reaches the consistency of Play-Doh. Children can roll and shape the dough to their hearts' content (which, in recipe terms, is about 20 minutes).

Don't worry, you don't need a pasta roller or specialized equipment to finish the job. Once the dough is sufficiently elastic, children can use a rolling pin to spread it across a floured surface. Then, let them cut the dough into strips or quirky shapes with a butter knife or pizza wheel. After the pasta has taken shape, adults can step in to boil the pasta for a just a few minutes (perhaps as few as three minutes – cooking time is much less than for the store-bought version).

Toppings can be quick and easy, too. Butter, olive oil or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese are all kid-friendly options [source: Scattergood]. Or you can use the sauce from the previous page.

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