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  • Pasta Every Day! This Week-Long Meal Plan Will Not Bore Your Pasta-Loving Kid

    When planning for pasta, you need to love all kinds of sauces.
    by Roselle Miranda for Yummy.ph .
Pasta Every Day! This Week-Long Meal Plan Will Not Bore Your Pasta-Loving Kid
PHOTO BY MIGUEL NACIANCENO and MICHAEL ANGELO CHUA
  • Pasta is undeniably a favorite meal for most. It's a simple dish made tasty and delicious with what can be a variety of sauces, toppings, and other mix-ins that you like. In truth, you can put together all your favorite things in a pasta dish.

    The trick to having a successful pasta meal plan is learning to love all the different kinds of pasta recipes. There are at least three kinds of pasta sauces that you can make: tomato-based, cream-based, and oil-based.

    However, the traditional boiled and cooked pasta tossed into your choice of sauce is not the only way to enjoy pasta. Pasta can also be baked, it can be made into soup, and it can be the optional ingredient in a recipe that calls for other ingredients to make it whole. It can even be made a part of the dessert!

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    If you're worried that this pasta meal plan will become boring and leave you hating pasta when the week is through, the variety and ways that you can tweak this meal plan might make you evaluate your view of the humble pasta.

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    Day 1: Easy Creamy Tomato Pasta and Garlic Oil Pasta

    Penne Vodka Pasta Recipe
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    An easy 5-ingredient tomato pasta recipe is a great way to make that first pasta meal easy yet satisfying. You can follow it up with a similarly simple garlic oil pasta or aglio e olio pasta which you can beef up with some chopped chorizo or sausages to make a hearty dinner.

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    Find recipes for Easy Creamy Tomato Pasta here, Penne Vodka Pasta Recipe here, and Pasta Chorizo Aglio Olio here.

    Day 2: Chicken& Sopas and Macaroni and Cheese

    MIlk Sopas
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    There are many ways to make sopas but the classic version is always a satisfying winner of a meal. Serve it with toasted bread to help sop up the soup if you want it more hearty or crush saltine crackers over it to beef it up without rice.

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    For dinner, make the flavors simpler but still creamy with a simple macaroni and cheese meal that you can also easily make more hearty with chunks or slices of your choice of vegetables and meat.

    Find recipes for Milky Sopas here, Bacon and Cheese Macaroni here, and Chorizo and Cheese Macaroni here.

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    Day 3: Corn and Tuna Pasta and Baked Ziti

    Corn and Tuna Pasta
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    Baked pasta dishes and canned food recipes are fantastic for making pasta dishes super appetizing. Canned food are usually already cooked so it's just mixing ingredients together to make your sauce.

    Prepare things in advance and you can just put everything together into a large baking dish, top it off with some melty cheese, and cover and store it in the refrigerator until its time to prepare your meal. This make-ahead prep can be your salvation when you need to rush through the day and don't have time to do much else other than place this in an oven with extra time (at least 30 minutes).

    Find recipes for Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage and Peppers here, Corn and Tuna Pasta here, Creamed Tuna and Mushroom Pasta here.

    Day 4: Minestrone and Cheese and Pepper Pasta

    Minestrone With Pork and Beans
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    Soups will be your change of pace when it comes to pasta. When it's cooked as a soup, you fool yourself into thinking it's a different kind of meal altogether.

    Find recipes for Pesto Minestrone here, and Cacio e Pepe here.

    Day 5: Creamy Tinapang Bangus Pasta and Salted Egg And Tomato Pasta

    Salted Egg and Tomato Pasta
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    The end of the workweek is usually when you feel like you need a break from all the stress of the days before it. You can opt for these super flavorful pasta dishes that use ingredients you might not have thought to use for pasta. Tinapang bangus is flaked and added to a creamy sauce while salted egg or itlog na maalat is paired with tangy fresh tomatoes for a surprisingly delicious pasta that you can eat without the guilt.

    Find recipes for Creamy Tinapang Bangus Pasta here, and Salted Egg and Tomato Pasta here.

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    Day 6: Pasta with Chicken, Garlic, and Basil and Pinoy Carbonara Recipe

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    Weekends are days when you can go all out! Feel free to play around with your creativity in the kitchen and dole out these two creamy pasta recipes that are as different in flavor from each other as can be. One is the classic Pinoy favorite that everyone will enjoy with its intense creaminess and bacon-loaded sauce while the other is the adult version with its simply shredded chicken tossed in a creamy garlic sauce made more aromatic and fresh with the slivers of basil.

    Find recipes for Pinoy-Style Carbonara here, and Pasta with Chicken, Garlic, and Basil here.

    Day 7: Spaghetti with Meatballs and Lasagna

    Meatball Spaghetti
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    One of the best ways of making meals easier to prepare is to double up on ingredients that you can use for more than one dish. These meatballs will be the main ingredient of both meals but it will come in different forms so you're not eating the same pasta dish. Make it simple and easy with the meatballs gracing your spaghetti in rounded heaps and later, stuff it into the layers of a creamy lasagna that you can put together when you cook your meatballs and chill until you're ready to prep dinner.

    Find recipes for Spaghetti with Baked Pork Meatballs here, Spaghetti and Meatballs here, Meatball Lasagna here.

    We're pretty sure pasta is one of the most versatile ingredients you have in the kitchen but the range of ideas of how to prepare it is what makes it a winning ingredient to always have in your pantry. Feel free to switch pasta recipes around because in truth, only you and your taste buds can determine if the meal plan is a boring one or not.

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    This story originally appeared on Yummy.ph.

    *Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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