clipping off parsley stems with kitchen shears

Kids Make Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes & Sugar Snap Peas

Kids can get very involved in measuring ingredients and preparing the veggies for this pesto pasta dish. Once your kids make pesto pasta one time, they’ll be excited to see what other sauces they can whip up! Just watch out for ambiguous “magic potion” sauces. I speak from experience here. Lol 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: SUGAR SNAP PEAS.

🌱food groups1🌱


    • Fruit: none
    • Veggies: spinach, basil, parsley, garlic, tomatoes2, sugar snap peas
    • Grains: pasta
    • Protein: pine nuts
    • Dairy: cheese
    1For information about food and health, go to

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

    🌱Sugar Snap Peas🌱

    Sugar snap peas in strainer


      • Sugar snap peas can be eaten whole. You can eat the pods with their peas!
      • Sugar snap peas can be eaten raw or cooked.
      • While sugar snap peas are very similar to snow peas, sugar snap peas tend to be sweeter and crispier.
      • Sugar snap peas are high in dietary fiber, and that makes them good for our digestive system.
      Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes & Sugar Snap Peas. Simply hover over each image for details. Make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!


      To help out, kids can:

      Remove stems from parsley*

      Kitchen shears work great for this task

      Measure out pesto ingredients

      Break apart garlic bulb

      Put your garlic bulb on a solid surface and have your child slam down on the garlic with the pasta pot lid. This will break the bulb up into cloves.

      Blend pesto ingredients together

      My kids love operating our Vitamix!

      For de-stemming parsley, these Kitchen Shears or any standard scissors are great, with adult supervision. And we’re big fans of  Vitamix for making pesto.

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      To help out, kids can:

      Slice cherry tomatoes

      Kids can feel special using knives that are just for them (see link below).

      Set oven temperature

      This is a great opportunity to talk to kids about what heat does to food at different temperatures.

      Spread tomatoes onto baking sheet

      Set timer for pasta

      Grownups can take this opportunity to teach kids how to set cooking times.

      We’re big fans of these Curious Chef kid-safe knives.

      🍴Peas & Pasta 🍴

      To help out, kids can:

      Rinse and trim sugar snap peas

      You can use kitchen shears to trim the sugar snap peas, if necessary.

      Bring water to a boil

      This teaches kids to pay attention to the stovetop and see what happens to water when it gets that hot. Yay science!

      Strain cooked pasta and sugar snap peas and return to pot or a large bowl

      Stir in pesto and watch pasta turn green 🙂

      These Kitchen Shears were great for trimming the sugar snap peas.

      *Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous. Back to Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes & Sugar Snap Peas

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