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How to get kids to eat their veggies: Swap in the ones they actually like! Customize this delicious dish, made with our Traditional Basil Pesto, to suit your picky palates.



Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring 4 to 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil, add salt to taste and the Penne, and stir gently.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions adding the vegetables and peas for the last 4 minutes of cooking; remove from heat and drain well.

  • Meanwhile, in a large pot bring the Traditional Basil Pesto and half-and-half* to a low simmer.

  • Add pasta to the sauce in pot; heat through.

  • Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.

Cook's Notes:

*Or reserve 1/4 cup pasta water and use in place of half-and-half or whole milk.

Customize it: Customization is clutch when it comes to making meals to please even the pickiest eaters. With this dish, any fresh vegetable mixture will do.

Nutrition Facts

348 calories; protein 12.6g; carbohydrates 51.2g; fat 11g; cholesterol 9mg; sodium 296.8mg. Full Nutrition