Clipping basil with kitchen shears

Kids Make Bow Tie Pasta Salad

This recipe is so simple that kids can really get involved and take ownership of the meal-prep. Kids can help chop vegetables, prepare the pasta, and measure out the seasoning.  

While your kids are helping out, you can also pause to discuss which FOOD GROUP each ingredient belongs to and share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient: BOW TIE PASTA.

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    • Fruit: none
    • Veggies: tomatoes2, pepper, cucumber, basil 
    • Grains: Pasta
    • Protein: none
    • Dairy: none

    1For information about food and health, go to

    2Tomatoes are classified by botanists as fruit, but nutritionally and legally they are considered veggies.

🎀Bow Tie Pasta🎀

Bow TIe Pasta in bowl


    • Bow tie pasta are small pieces of pasta that are pinched at the center, thus resembling bow ties or little butterflies.
    • Bow tie pasta is also referred to as Farfalle (Italian for “butterflies”).
    • Farfalle was first created in the 16th century in Lombardia and Emilia-Romagna part of Northern Italy.
    • Bow Tie pasta is a good source of carbohydrates, which give our body energy.

Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Bow Tie Pasta Salad. Simply hover over each image for details. Make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!

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🍴Pasta Salad🍴

To help out, kids can:


Grown-ups can teach kids how to use a timer for cooking.

Cut veggies*

Kids can feel special using knives and cutting boards, just for them (see link below).

Cut basil with special scissors*

For older kids and adults, kitchen shears work really well! For younger ones, use kids craft scissors (see link below).

Learn about measurements

Kids can measure out the herbs and oil/vinegar. Explain how 3 t = 1 T, and how you need 3x more fresh herbs than dried herbs.

Toss the salad!

We’re big fans of these Curious Chef kid-safe knives and Core Kitchen Grip Back Cutting Boards. And for cutting herbs, these Kitchen Shears are great for adults/older kids, and these Craft Scissors are great for lil’ kiddos.

*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous. 

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