The tried and true kid meal of spaghetti doesn’t have to be boring. We’ve found eight ways to revamp your noodle dish into something delish that the kids will devour. Scroll down for our favorite variations on classic spaghetti meals that are cheap, easy to make and ready in no time.

1. Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites

This fun idea from Damn Delicious gets the tots involved in the cooking. Have them thread uncooked spaghetti through hot dogs before you boil the pasta, and pair it with homemade or jarred marinara sauce for a delicious meal. To get the recipe, click here.


2. Revamped Spaghetti Carbonara

Bacon, eggs and parmesan cheese—what more could you need? Keep things simple with a delicious bowl of pasta carbonara. Find out how it’s done by clicking here.


photo: Give Me Lemons

3. Spinach & Avocado Pesto Pasta 

This lightened-up pesto recipe swaps the traditional olive oil for avocado, making it a great option to get some extra veggies into your tot’s diet. Top with a generous sprinkling of parmesan and no one will know the difference. To get the full recipe, click here.


4. Dairy-Free Perfect Noodles

This easy dish subs nutritional yeast for parmesan and olive oil for butter to make a simple, dairy-free alternative to your kiddo’s favorite go-to pasta dish. Just cook spaghetti or linguine noodles according to package, toss in enough olive oil to coat and sprinkle liberally with nutritional yeast. You can add parsley, pepper and a pinch of salt if you’re a rule-breaker.


5. Spaghetti Squash & Cheese

Get inspired by Sue Bee Homemaker to swap our your usual noodles for spaghetti squash. Add peas and bacon to the mix and you’ve got a tasty and balanced meal. To get the recipe, click here.

photo: Sue Bee Homemaker


7. Spaghetti del Contadino

For those of you who live close to farmer’s markets and local produce, this Italian dish from Girl’s Gone Child is a must-try. Colorful, flavorful, filling, this arugula-laden dish is a nutrient-boosting, tasty reward for your hungry little market shoppers.


8. Baked Spaghetti Lasagna

A perfect alternative to a big lasagna dish, you can vary the spaghetti lasagna by adding different sauce or veggie combos. Get the basic recipe here and get cooking! 


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