Kids Make Shrimp & Tomato Linguini

Kids may really enjoy making this shrimp dish. Seeing the shrimp turn pink alone is quite fascinating. There is also plenty of stirring and pouring to satisfy the younger ones.

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: SHRIMP.

🍤food groups1🍤


    • Fruit: none
    • Veggies: garlic, tomatoes2, spinach
    • Grains: pasta
    • Protein: shrimp
    • Dairy: cheese, milk

    1For information about food and health, go to
    2Tomatoes are classified by botanists as fruit, but nutritionally and legally they are considered veggies.



    • Shrimp are small shellfish that can be found in both saltwater and freshwater.
    • Most shrimp are actually white/grey, but they turn pink when we cook them.
    • Shrimp are really good swimmers and can even swim backwards.
    • There are over 2,000 different kinds of shrimp.
    • Shrimp are high in protein, low in calories, and contain important nutrients.

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


To cook the pasta, kids can:


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

Try noodles

Let kids decide if noodles are done. Hungry toddlers love this job!

We love these silicon tongs by Core!

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🍴Tomato & Shrimp Mixture🍴

To prepare the and tomato and shrimp mixture, kids can:

Prepare butter*

Let kids measure and cut butter with a plastic knife or butter knife. This is a good opportunity to explain measurements.

Stir shrimp as it cooks

Kids may enjoy watching the shrimp turn pink.

Rinse tomatoes

Pat dry the tomatoes with a towel after rinsing.


Kids tend to like crunching spinach in their hands!

🍴Shrimp & Tomato Linguini🍴

To combine the shrimp, tomatoes and pasta, kids can:

Combine shrimp mixture with pasta

Measure and stir in parmesan, parsley, & milk

Little ones will love tasting the cheese during the process.

*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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