5 Italian Dishes Kids Can Make

Spaghetti Squash
Kids will love pullin the strands out of this squash so they look like spaghetti. Brand X Pictures/Stockbyte/Thinkstock

The recipe is simple but requires the use of an oven, so adults will need to step in and help. Start with a spaghetti squash (these are usually clearly labeled, but if not, just look for a yellow squash with an elongated bell shape). Cut the squash lengthwise so your junior chef can take over and scoop out the seeds. Place each half of the squash, cut side down, on a baking sheet coated with olive oil or cooking spray and bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for about one hour.

While the squash is baking, kids can prepare a simple pasta sauce using diced tomatoes, a pinch of garlic and a generous amount of fresh basil. Just be sure to supervise children as they cook the sauce on the stovetop at a medium heat.

When the spaghetti squash finishes baking, let it cool and then have kids tackle the fun part. They'll use a fork to scrape around the outside of the squash and then pull the fork through the squash from the outside to the center to create spaghetti-like strands. Add a bit of salt and pepper, top the squash with pasta sauce and dinner is served [sources: Pittman, Smart].

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