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Berry, Berry Good One Pan Spaghetti Recipe for Kids

Let kids know that healthy fruits & veggies can be fun and tasty, too! Pick a familiar gardening vegetable, like tomatoes, that can provide healthy learning.

Use the activity below from our Berry, Berry Good booklet that can be adapted to suit any age level!

  • Help kids hear the message that veggies are tasty!
  • Let them see a familiar veggie like tomatoes.
  • Let them do by tasting and making a tasty tomato sauce and spaghetti recipe.

Ask kids:

  • How often do you eat tomatoes?
  • What veggies are in spaghetti sauce?
  • How can spaghetti sauce be made with tomatoes from the garden?
  • What other garden veggies could be added to spaghetti sauce?

Explain they will be making a spaghetti recipe with a "healthy extra" to taste.

Berry, Berry Good One Pan Spaghetti

1-15 oz. can carrots or freshly steamed carrot coins
1-26 oz. can spaghetti sauce
4 cups water
10 oz. package whole grain spaghetti


  1. Mash or puree carrots and liquid until smooth. Pour into a large saucepan.
  2. Add spaghetti sauce and water.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Break spaghetti pieces into thirds. Add to pot.
  5. Simmer until spaghetti is tender, stirring often.
  6. Serve bite size tastes to kids on small plates with plastic forks.

***LInk to families at home: Copy and send the recipe with kids for home use.

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