This week’s Cooking with Kids A to Z instead of a key ingredient is a category of food – we’re sharing food that is I is for Italian. Now we all LOVE Italian food in this house, whether it’s the more recognisable Pasta and Pizza so some of my husband’s favourite Fish dishes Italian food is a regular on the menu here and getting the kids involved in making the main course is one of the ways that we are trying to get them to taste new food and expand their limited taste. When our kids of different ages can also join in making the dish you know it’s ideal for introducing kids to cooking for the first time. This Squashed Tomato Pasta Sauce is ideal as we were able to make is with kids from Toddler Up in age and they all enjoyed it and loved the meal.

Easy recipe for a summer pasta with squashed tomato sauce ideal for cooking with kids and delicious on a summer evening to enjoy as a family

Ingredients needed for Squashed Tomato Pasta Sauce

6 cherry tomatoes per child
3 Salad Tomatoes per child
1 onion for all to share
Leaves from a basil plant
Olive Oil

Your choice of pasta cooked with enough to serve everyone

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How to make Squashed Tomato Pasta Sauce

Place the cherry tomatoes for each child into a bowl – we use none breakable plastic ones especially with the youngest children, but you know your children best. Then they get squashing and squeezing.

Easy recipe for a summer pasta with squashed tomato sauce ideal for cooking with kids and delicious on a summer evening to enjoy as a family

As well as making a delicious pasta sauce this is a fantastic activity for fine motor skills, the squashing and squeezing of the cherry tomatoes. It was interesting to watch – T who is 4 was great at squeezing and squashing quickly demolishing the tomatoes in her dish, whereas H was great with the over-ripe cherry tomatoes but as soon as the less ripe tomatoes were in her dish you can see the strength that she needed to squish and squeeze them.

Easy recipe for a summer pasta with squashed tomato sauce ideal for cooking with kids and delicious on a summer evening to enjoy as a family

With all of the tomatoes squashed and squeezed they then need to be torn. Another fantastic fine motor activity for all of the kids – we’ve torn up paper before but tomatoes are a different matter and so much tougher than tissue paper and construction paper.

Easy recipe for a summer pasta with squashed tomato sauce ideal for cooking with kids and delicious on a summer evening to enjoy as a family

With all of the cherry tomatoes squeezed, squished and torn, the salad tomatoes need to be cut in half and then squeezed as if you’re squeezing a lemon – we don’t have a lemon squeezer so instead we used our hands.

Easy recipe for a summer pasta with squashed tomato sauce ideal for cooking with kids and delicious on a summer evening to enjoy as a family

With the tomatoes juiced then tear up the flesh again.

Because in the same day we’d made our Easy Kids Bruschetta’s we had left over onions that they had chopped up we also added them to our tomatoes.

Easy recipe for a summer pasta with squashed tomato sauce ideal for cooking with kids and delicious on a summer evening to enjoy as a family

When the pasta was finished cooking pour that onto a plate – before adding the squashed tomatoes sauce – tear up some basil leaves and mix in a splash of olive oil.

Easy recipe for a summer pasta with squashed tomato sauce ideal for cooking with kids and delicious on a summer evening to enjoy as a family

Pour the sauce over the top of the cooked pasta and then serve.

Easy recipe for a summer pasta with squashed tomato sauce ideal for cooking with kids and delicious on a summer evening to enjoy as a family
Easy recipe for a summer pasta with squashed tomato sauce ideal for cooking with kids and delicious on a summer evening to enjoy as a family

Squashed Tomato Pasta Sauce

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Author: Cerys Parker

Ingredients

  • 6 cherry tomatoes per child
  • 3 salad tomatoes per child
  • 1 chopped onion per group of children
  • leaves from a basil plant
  • A splash of olive oil
  • Any type of pasta pre-cooked

Instructions

  • Place cherry tomatoes in a dish and give to each child
  • Get the children to squash and squeeze the cherry tomatoes
  • Tear the flesh of the cherry tomatoes
  • Chop the salad tomatoes in half
  • Squeeze the juice out of the salad tomatoes
  • Tear the flesh of the salad tomatoes and add to the cherry tomatoes
  • Mix in a small portion of the chopped onion
  • Tear up basil leaves to taste and add the tomatoes
  • Pour in a splash of oil
  • Mix with your hands
  • Pour your squashed tomato pasta sauce over your salad and enjoy!
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Easy recipe for a summer pasta with squashed tomato sauce ideal for cooking with kids and delicious on a summer evening to enjoy as a family

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Easy recipe for a summer pasta with squashed tomato sauce ideal for cooking with kids and delicious on a summer evening to enjoy as a family
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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