Put the Kids in Charge of Dinner

This easy pasta salad recipe is fun to make and tasty

As family experts will tell you, preparing and eating a meal with your kids is not only a great way to share quality time together, but makes it more likely they won’t fuss about eating it. After all, the meal is their creation too. Shared kitchen time is also a great learning opportunity for youngsters. Math skills, fine motor skills, time management and creativity “get cooking” right along with favourite dishes.

At any time, it doesn’t have to be a chore.  You can make it a fun activity  the whole family will enjoy.

“For an easy yet delicious pasta dish, you can try Barilla’s Farfalle Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Artichokes and Quebec Mozzarella,” says Canada’s celebrity chef, Stefano Faita. “It has all the necessary ingredients that make up a healthy dish, and the fun butterfly shape of the pasta is guaranteed to be a hit with the kids.”

More recipe ideas are available at www.Barilla.ca.

Farfalle Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Artichokes and Quebec Mozzarella

Serves up to 6

• 1 box (454 g) Barilla Farfalle
• 1/3 cup (75 mL) extra virgin olive oil
• 1 can of (398 mL) artichokes in water, drained and quartered
*If the kids won’t eat artichokes, substitute broccoli
• 1 – 1/3 cups (325 mL) halved cherry tomatoes
• 2 cups (500 mL) mozzarella cheese, diced into 1/2-inch (1 cm) cubes
• 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
• 1 cup (250 mL) shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
• 8 fresh basil leaves, torn (optional)
• Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions just until al dente. Drain and toss with 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the extra virgin olive oil. Lay flat on a baking sheet to cool.

In large bowl, combine pasta, artichokes or broccoli, tomatoes and mozzarella. Add remaining extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Toss with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and basil, if you wish.

Let stand for 20 minutes before serving, to allow the flavours to combine.

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