August 28, 2013

A Pasta Recipe for your Picky Eater(s)!

Do you have a picky eater in the house?  If so, I’m assuming they are somewhere between the ages of 3 and 8?  I have a 3 year old and she has been quite picky in the past to say the least.  Just when I thought I was understanding her taste, it would change drastically.  First she was interested in tasty foods with lots of spices, then it was bland foods like a piece of white wonder bread or plain chicken.  Today, I am happy to report she is more open minded and will eat a variety of foods with only a little coaxing!  If you can believe it, I’ve been feeding her foods like cereal, scrambled eggs, or French toast for breakfast, salami and bread or chicken nuggets for lunch, and pork tenderloin, lamb chops (her favorite), steak, chicken cutlets, sweet potatoes, broccoli, corn on the cob, or spaghetti for dinner. 

For those of you that are still dealing with a picky eater, more importantly one that would prefer more bland than tasty foods, I’d recommend my linguini dish.  Of course, it doesn’t have to be made with linguini.  Any pasta would do.  It’s a simple recipe with only few ingredients. 



Kosher and Iodized Salt to taste (Iodized to salt your water to boil your pasta in)
Pepper to taste
1 cup of Pastene ‘Kitchen Ready’ Ground Peeled Tomato Sauce
Extra Virgin or Extra Light Olive Oil (I used Extra Virgin Carapelli)
6-8 garlic cloves depending on their size
Grated Romano or Parmesan cheese (I used Imported Romano)
1 box of linguini (I used Prince and made a 1/2 lb. to feed 2-3 people)

Linguini pasta for picky eaters recipe


Fill a pot about 3/4 full and salt with iodized salt.  This keeps the pasta from sticking and adds flavor.  Put it on high heat and cover it (it will come to a boil faster).

While you are waiting for you water to boil, you can start your sauce.  In a reasonable size frying or saucepan, fill the bottom with about 1/4 inch of olive oil.  Add a little kosher salt and pepper for taste.  Add your garlic cloves and cook over medium heat flipping the cloves frequently to keep them from burning.  Once the oil has absorbed the garlic (you’ll be able to smell it); add your cup of Pastene Kitchen Ready Sauce.  It will not mix in well but that’s okay; it’s not supposed to.  The sauce is only to add a little flavor and color without making it a marinara.  Now you can remove your garlic cloves.  Stir the rest of the mixture frequently and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.  Now cover and let simmer on very low heat until  your linguini (or the pasta of your choice) is done.

Once I’ve strained my pasta thoroughly, I pour it back in the pot.  Using a regular spoon, I try to remove as many tomato pieces as possible from my sauce as this tends to the part a picky eater may not like to see or eat.  I then use a ladle to spoon the sauce over my pasta.  Now add some Romano (or Parmesan) cheese and mix well.  The image you see above is my plate.  I add additional Romano on top!  I’m a cheese lover; what can I say!

That’s it! Now, Bon appetit!

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Okay kids, that’s a wrap!  If you get to try my pasta recipe, feel free to leave me a comment letting me know how it turned out!


  1. I am totally pinning this, because I do have a picky eater in my house with Lily!! but even funnier is, I am running a picky eater recipe post on Friday int he form of Sliders (that Lily just seems to love). When I started reading this I couldn't help, but smile, because apparently great minds really do think alike!! :)

  2. Yum...trying this with my Cherubs this week...thanks, Elena! Also - I have a Sverve-y question for you but can't for the life of me find your email address on your site! Could you please inbox me at susan(at)sverve(dot)com at your earliest convenience? Thanks much!

  3. Yum! Trying this for The Cherubs next week..thanks, Elena! Also - I have a Sverve-y question for you and can't for the life of me find your email address on your blog! Could you please inbox me at susan(at)sverve(dot)com at your earliest convenience? Thanks!

  4. Great post. My 3 year old is a such a picky eater. I need to try this. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  5. I'm SO trying this! Madison LOVES pasta so I'm sure this will be a hit with her and it sounds so simple which is a definite hit with me!

  6. I have a picky 6 year old. She won't eat sauce. Pasta is 1 of her faves. She has it with butter & cheese.

  7. looks delicious....just mouthwatering!

  8. Looks good, picky eater or not! My kids are pretty good eaters...they eat every veggie there is, and try new stuff all the time. The thing that drives me nuts is my oldest no longer likes sauces on anything...but at least I can just leave the sauce off.

  9. I bet my grandson would love this! He loves pasta.

  10. I've never seen "Kitchen Ready" on a can of tomato sauce before. Between the three of us I'd be the only one using the cheese.

  11. This is a great recipe Elena. One of my daughters is a picky eater and I will definitely think of this next time. :) Hope you are having a wonderful day.

  12. Love this recipe! It's simple and you really can't go wrong with cheese. Pinned!

  13. Nice, my toddler would definitely appreciate this! He loves his pasta.

  14. Great post. I will have to try this on my picky eater

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    looks so delicious! Can't wait to give it a try!

  16. Thanks for share this blog.really your pasta dishes recipe are so delicious.i love this dish.thanks again.

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