This was an absolute favorite with my oldest, and it remains a favorite with my twins. I don’t know what it is about tomato sauce, but kids will eat anything when it’s covered in it! Here’s how I do it, but you can add any vegetables you want.
Cook 1 pound of ground beef in a large stockpot. Drain it, rinse it, and it return to the pot.
While it’s cooking, prepare 2 cups ditalini pasta according to package directions. I’ve also used stars, alphabets, or mini elbows (elbows aren’t my favorites though).
Add 1 small chopped squash, 1 cup diced onion, 1 small diced carrot, and 1 clove minced garlic to the meat pot.
Mix well and sauté for about 5 minutes.
Stir in 4 cups bone stock and 6 ounces unsalted tomato paste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat. Stir in cooked pasta, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, and 1 tablespoon dried basil. Or use fresh basil if you have it! Yum!
That’s it! It’s super easy and makes about 24 servings. I freeze them in muffin pans, pop them out once frozen, and store them in freezer bags. It’s always handy to have a lunch waiting for you in the freezer.
And I’m telling you, these are seriously kid approved.