Alfredo Pasta with Peas & Carrots

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Last Updated on June 4, 2015 by Chef Mireille

Blogging Marathon #18
Theme: Kids Delight Warming Foods


Cheesy & Creamy, this is another comfort food that is a delight for every kid, especially on a rainy or cold winter day.  

In case you missed the other Kid’s Delight Warming recipes I did this BM:
Broccoli & Cheddar Baked Potatoes
Pasta Fagioli

…and Don’t forget to check out all the other BM participants who are busy creating so many amazing recipes this month!

Although Alfredo pasta is most often served with fettucini, I chose to use what I had – orecchiette.

Alfredo Pasta with Peas & Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley or 2 tablespoons fresh, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups pasta
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, defrosted (you can also use spinach, even for spinach hating kids – this is one way most of them will eat it)
  • 1/2 cup carrots, grated

Cook pasta according to package directions, until al dente.
Put green peas and carrots in microwave for 1 minute.
In a saucepan, melt butter.  Add cream, cheese, nutmeg, salt, pepper and  dried parsley.  On medium heat, simmer for 5 minutes.
Add peas and carrots and cook for 2 minutes  Add parsley now if using fresh parsley and cooked pasta.  Toss to combine.

Don’t worry if sauce looks a little thin.  It will thicken as it cools, within a few minutes.

Creamy Alfredo Pasta

In this recipe, I used veggies that most kids like.  Here is a list of most loved and most hated veggies I discovered from my Nursery Chef days.  Unless your kid is one of those that does not eat any veggies at all, you should be able to get them to eat off of this list.  Of course, method of preparation does play a role, but these were the biggest hits at the nursery:

Most Loved Veggies

  • Carrots
  • Green Peas 
  • Corn (although technically is a starch)
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber (they loved pickled cucumber salad in vinegar-sugar solution)

Most Hated Veggies

  • Eggplant (can’t say I blame them 🙂
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • squash (summer or winter squash, they were not big fans of any from zucchini to butternut)
  • beets
*another helpful tip – they love anything in soy sauce*

Hope this info is helpful as you try to get your kids to eat more vegetables.

 Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#18

this yummy bowl of pasta is being served at Srivalli’s Kids Delight hosted by Pradnya

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Comments

  1. Srivalli

    First thing I can't pronounce either of those words..:)..but who cares when the dish looks so inviting!..thanks for sharing all those tips from your experience. I am sure many will find it useful when dealing with their kids. kids are same anywhere..:)

  2. Pavani

    Alfredo pasta is my kind of a dish, though the men (husband & 4yr kid) in the family are not big fans of creamy milky sauces. So I rarely make it at home. Love how rich and decadent your dish looks. May be I'll make it for myself soon.

  3. Jayanthi

    I love pasta with peas and carrots. Comfort food …though I tend to stay away from cheesy sauce, not that I don't like but I want to watch what I eat. My family loves it, so I make it for them. Will try your version sometime.

  4. PJ

    This would be something that Lil Angel would love to have.Bookmarked this one too.[My list is growing biggg!!].Yeah, soya sauce does change the flavor and the hate-list of veggies – its same here but minus Cauliflower…

  5. Archana

    Sounds delicious Mir! I will wait till the girls move before I try making this alfredo. Simply because we are eating far too much of rich foods right now. Bookmarking.

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