Meal time (especially dinner time) can get stressful pretty quickly in my house. It always amazes me that my 2 kids start asking for dinner, sometimes as early as 5PM. Usually, the times when I have a simple meal plan in place are the days that I find running much smoother overall.
I am a huge fan of mixing vegetables into the main course, especially when it comes to kids. In my own experience, I have found that my kids are much more tolerant of eating lots of veggies, or trying a new veggie, if they are mixed into something else. The whole "hidden vegetables" theory is genius!
Cheesy Bow Ties with Peas
- 8 ounces bow tie pasta
- 2 tablespoons pure butter
- 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup of milk
- 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup of frozen peas
Step 1: Cook the pasta according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Step 2: To make the sauce, add the butter to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and chicken broth and cook until the flour dissolves. Then, add the milk, cheese, and spices. Continue whisking until the sauce thickens. Add the frozen peas, and stir into the sauce until thawed.
**A couple of quick notes about incorporating cheese...in my opinion the best way to add more delicious flavor to your meals is to grate your own cheese. It takes a couple extra minutes, but I assure you that it makes a huge difference flavor-wise.
To complete the dish, add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce and peas mixture. Stir well to combine, so that the pasta is evenly coated with the sauce.
Hope your kids enjoy this meal as much as mine do!!