Kids' Pasta Recipes

Kids love pasta! Browse the kid-friendly spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, pasta salad, and beef and noodles recipes they'll never turn down.

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Restaurant Style Mac and Cheese

Rating: 4 stars 206
Excellent restaurant-style macaroni with cheese that knocked me away!
By sal

Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

Rating: 4.5 stars 1702
No canned soup mix in this recipe! Mushrooms, onions, celery, and peas all go into this comfort casserole.

Old Fashioned Mac and Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars 825
This is a classic recipe for macaroni and cheese. The kids will love this!

Allie's Delicious Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars 443
I took my grandmother's basic, but delicious, recipe and improved it. Very creamy and cheesy! Unlike any you've ever tasted!! Well worth the prep time. Get all the ingredients together first and it will be a cinch to prepare.

Tuna Noodle Casserole with Potato Chips

Rating: 4.5 stars 217
A creamy classic, great to make for those busy nights when a time consuming recipe just isn't an option.
By Allrecipes Member

Spaghetti Tacos

Rating: 4.5 stars 79
My kids wanted these after seeing them on one of their favorite TV shows. Very quick and easy.

Ham and Cheese Bowties

Rating: 4.5 stars 503
This is like homemade macaroni and cheese but with the fun bow tie pasta and hearty ham. While this makes perfect use of leftover ham, there usually aren't any leftovers when I serve this! My family gobbles it right up.

Pizza Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 466
Very easy to make, and kids will love it! Garnish with your favorite pizza toppings, such as sliced black olives.

Cheating Cheeseburger Macaroni

Rating: 4 stars 26
This is one of those happy accidents that happened when I had to make up dinner from what I had in the cabinet. It serves a whole family and the kids love it. I used a mixture of what was left in the bottom of the pasta boxes for the pasta. Any short pasta will work. Try adding broccoli, peas or carrots as a variation.

Baked Spaghetti with Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 72
This baked spaghetti dish with chicken, cheese, and veggies is the perfect comfort casserole.
By Allrecipes Member

Asian Chicken Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 615
A perfect salad for leftover BBQ, boiled, broiled or baked chicken. A very crunchy salad with a tasty sweet Asian-style dressing. The kids love it too! The Chinese rice noodles are of the cellophane type and can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores. They are often in rectangle form and in clear packaging.
By Allrecipes Member

Simple Beef Tips and Noodles

Rating: 4 stars 56
Beef tips and noodles made in an Instant Pot is one of my family favorites; it's a great starter recipe for using a pressure cooker. It is wonderful any time of year, but we like it best in cooler weather. Very quick and easy to make after a day at work. It can also be made in a slow cooker.

Inspiration and Ideas

Pumpkin Pasta
Rating: Unrated 133
Tasty! Connor approved!
Asian Coleslaw Light
Rating: Unrated 45
This Asian coleslaw is lightened up a bit by using only 3 tablespoons of olive oil and a sugar alternative like Splenda to make this kid friendly, flavorful crunchy salad. Try it with white or balsamic vinegar, too.
Pasta with the Works
Rating: 4.5 stars 29

Pepperoni, olives, green peppers, Prego® Traditional Italian Sauce, and mozzarella cheese are heated together to top corkscrew pasta sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.