Creating Pumped Up Pasta That Kids Like

By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
April 15, 2015
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Have you ever felt like you make the same dishes over and over again? Do you have a dish that you know your kids will eat and like, but want to pump it some more? Our favorite family dish is spaghetti. Now I’m not sure about you, but just noodles with spaghetti sauce is too boring for me. So what we do in our family is pump it up with Johnsonville Sausage!

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I love Johnsonville Sausage! In fact, we use it on our pizzas, in our lasagna and baked ziti, with eggs for breakfast and even in our spaghetti sauce. The kids love it and Frank and I love it! 

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When I buy Johnsonville Sausage, I typically put it in the freezer right away. Then when I want to cook it, I just pull it out of the freezer and defrost it in the microwave. Once defrosted, I cook it up in the pot and wah-lah – our sausage is ready!!! Once the sausage is cooked, I simply add our favorite spaghetti sauce and stir it all together.

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I’ve made our pumped up pasta two different ways. I make it in the Ninja Cooker, where I add all the ingredients at once (with the sausage cooked). This way is actually the quickest and easiest and results in less dishes. Or I cook the noodles and sauce separately (again cooking the sausage first). Either way, our kids are super happy when it’s spaghetti night and they’re pasta is pumped up with Johnsonville sausage!!!

Do you have a favorite way you pump up your pasta?

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Shannon Gurnee (formerly Shannon Gosney) is the author of The Mommy-Files, a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

21 Responses to “Creating Pumped Up Pasta That Kids Like”

  1. Sarah L says:

    That’s a great way to make extra-tasty pasta.

  2. Jeanine says:

    Yum! That looks good. We make two timin pasta a lot. We add chicken or sausages. Kids just love it!

  3. Tami says:

    We haven’t tried sausage in our spaghetti sauce before. Hubby would probably enjoy the flavor it brings to the sauce.

  4. I love those pasta shapes!! I have not tried sausage in our spaghetti before it looks delicious!

  5. Heather says:

    I’ll have to try ours with the Johnsonville sausage. I love changing or tweeting recipes a little bit.

  6. Erica Brooks says:

    Looks delicious! My kids love pasta. I will have to try pumping it up with sausage next time I cook it.

  7. Kim says:

    Looks like it was a huge hit. I see lots of happy faces!

  8. Franc Ramon says:

    This looks tasty not only for kids but also for people like me. The sausage makes it extra delicious.

  9. Tyra says:

    This looks yummy for a whole family. Great way to change it up a bit for variety!

  10. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This looks and sounds totally delicious indeed. I love Italian sausage and will be making this for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Stephanie says:

    My husband is Italian, so we always put Italian sausage in our pasta sauce. My daughter, however, will only eat pasta with garlic, parmesan cheese, and butter! No sauce whatsoever.

  12. NYC SingleMom says:

    I love your choice to pump up your pasta. Never considered adding sausage, will have to try this next time I make pasta for the family.

  13. michele d says:

    Love Johnsonville.. The best ever. I just tried their shaved beef last night and it was so good. Love their sausages too.

  14. Sausage spaghetti is always good. This looks really good. Your kids seem very happy with this meal idea too.

  15. Briton says:

    We prefer adding Italian sausage to our spaghetti sauce, too! I also saute bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, and zucchini with garlic and add that to our sauce. It sneaks in more veggies and gives jarred sauce more of a homemade flavor!

  16. CourtneyLynne says:

    omg this pasta looks pretty tasty! I think not only is it pumped up for kiddos, but for this mom as well! Yummy!!!

  17. Marie says:

    That looks good! My kids love pasta too!

  18. Terri Ramsey Beavers says:

    Oh! Yes, lasagna is my favorite one to pump up with pasta. Yours looks delicious and tasty, I love all of your photos an makes me hungry right now lol.

  19. Fi Ní Neachtáin says:

    Never mind the kids, I’d love a bowl of that for dinner myself 🙂 I need to make this for my little guy, he is SO fussy!

  20. rochelle haynes says:

    This looks good will fix it for my kids

  21. Anne Marie says:

    Love this recipe! Definitely going to have to try it. Love family dinners.

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