9 Fast Weeknight Pastas Kids Will Love

Muffin Cup Macaroni and Cheese © Kate Winslow
By F&W Editors Posted September 15, 2015

Say so long to plain buttered noodles and instead try one of these fast, kid-friendly weeknight pastas from fun-shaped wagon wheels with broccoli to healthy carrot mac and cheese.

Pleasing even the pickiest of eaters doesn't have to be a chore—and it definitely doesn't have to be boring. Say so long to plain buttered noodles and instead try one of these fast, kid-friendly weeknight pastas from fun-shaped wagon wheels with broccoli to healthy carrot mac and cheese.

1. Muffin Cup Macaroni and Cheese
These bite-size "muffins" are ready in just 30 minutes.

2. Wagon Wheels with Broccoli and Parmesan Cheese
Get kids to eat broccoli with this fun-shaped pasta.

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3. Baked Shells with Pesto, Mozzarella and Meat Sauce
This fast-baked pasta features a simple sauce of ground beef, tomatoes and pesto, layered with mozzarella and Parmesan.

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4. Sauce-Simmered Spaghetti al Pomodoro
What's the secret to Top Chef alum Sarah Gruenberg's incredible spaghetti? She cooks it directly in the tomato sauce so it’s infused with flavor.

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5. Cheese Tortellini with Walnut Pesto
This terrific, ultraquick pesto is superb with cheese tortellini, but it's also great with any plain pasta.

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6. Pasta Shells with Peas and Ham
Salty country ham is the perfect accent for this homey pasta dish.

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7. Speedy Baked Ziti
Adding ground meat, onion and garlic to good-quality jarred tomato sauce makes quick work of this delicious pasta recipe.

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8. Carrot Macaroni and Cheese
This healthier version of the classic pasta features a silky carrot puree, which is rich in vitamin A.

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9. Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Sausage and Peppers
Make this updated classic with mild Italian sausage and any color of bell peppers.

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Kid-Friendly Dishes
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