Your pasta-loving kid could carbo load all day, but serving him the same olive oil and parmesan spaghetti on the daily isn’t your idea of a healthy meal. Good news: we’ve uncovered five different pasta recipes that reinvent dinnertime in all the best ways possible. Read on for all of the pasta-bilities.

MONDAY: Revamped Spaghetti Carbonara
A classic spaghetti alla Carbonara is basically just pasta, bacon and eggs. This, of course, is a dynamic trio of ingredients, but Evan of Gourmet Dough, adds a few twists that kick things up several delicious notches. Get the recipe by clicking here. 

 

 

TUESDAY: Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta
Take advantage of fresh tomatoes and basil with this easy recipe from Leah’s Thoughts that encourages you to toss is any ingredients you have in the fridge. We suggest veggies or chicken to make this dish a little heartier. Get the recipe by clicking here.

photo: Nadja Tatar via flickr

WEDNESDAY: Veggie Pasta Salad
A quick and easy veggie pasta salad that is perfect for a side dish or a light and refreshing main meal. It’s gluten free and tastes great even the next day (hint: make it for the rest of the week’s lunches). Get the recipe from Veggies Don’t Bite by clicking here. 

 

 

 

THURSDAY: Pasta with Peas and Bacon
You almost made it to the weekend, which means you deserve some bacon. This 30-minute meal comes together quickly, which means you can spend your evenings doing things that matter like building forts and playing hide-and-seek. Get the recipe by clicking here. 

photo credit: Glenn Dettwiler via Flickr

FRIDAY: Chicken and Veggie Pasta Casserole
Courtesy of Jo Cooks, this chicken and veggie pasta casserole will make more servings than your fam can eat in one night, which means you already have tomorrow night’s dinner ready to go. Score! Get the recipe by clicking here.

What is your kids’ favorite pasta dish? Got any to add to our list? Sound off below!

— Erin Lem