Kids can get really into all the measuring and pouring required to make this meal’s sauce. It’s also a great opportunity to show kids how to measure out ingredients in different quantities.
And of course, my daughter loved chopping the onions using these amazing knives.
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: TORTELLINI.
- Fruits: none
- Veggies: onion, garlic, tomatoes2, spinach, peas
- Grains: tortellini
- Protein: sausage
- Dairy: cream, cheese
- Tortellini are ring-shaped pasta that are typically stuffed with cheese and/or meat. The pasta originated in the Italian region of Emilia.
- According to legend, the pasta’s shape (often likened to a “belly button”) was originally inspired by the naval of the goddess of love, Venus.
- Tortellini are 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 One Pot Easy Pea-sy Cheese Tortellini. Simply hover over each image for details. Make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!
Kids can use a safe knife to chop onion. PRO TIP: have child wear goggles. Kids aren't used to the sting on the eyes you get when chopping onions.
BREAK UP SAUSAGE IN POT*
Kids can use a potato masher, spatula or spoon.
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OPEN CANS OF Tomatoes USING A CAN OPENER*
Measure and Add Chicken Broth & Cream to Pot*
Measure and add spinach and peas to pot
Have your kids watch how fast the spinach wilts and the frozen peas cook.
Boil the sauce
This teaches kids to pay attention to the stovetop and see what happens to liquid when it gets that hot. Yay science!
We always use a Pyrex Measuring Cup to measure liquid ingredients .
Measure and add cheese to the pot*
My kids can't stop tasting the cheese during this part! You can explain a bit about measurements, i.e. how there is 4x as much spinach and peas as cheese in the mix.
Read Instructions together
After adding the tortellini, have your child help to read the package instructions for cook time (even if it's just identifying a number).
SET TIMER FOR tortellini
Grown-ups can teach kids how to use a timer for cooking.
Stir the pot contents until well mixed*
Make sure kids use a long spoon so they don't burn their arms.
*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous.