Homemade Alphabet Pasta


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time35 mins
  • Makes4 servings
Homemade Alphabet Pasta

One of the easiest lunches you can pack, this alphabet pasta will fill them up good. Make it the night before and simply reheat for the Thermos.


  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced

  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 carrot, coarsely chopped

  • 3 red sweet peppers, coarsely chopped

  • 1 yellow zucchini, cut into 1/4-in. coins (optional)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 600-mL jar passata

  • 1 tsp granulated sugar

  • 3/4 tsp salt

  • 1 1/2 cups alphabet pasta

  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan


  • Pulse garlic, onion and carrot in a food processor until chopped. Add peppers and zucchini, and pulse until very finely chopped.

  • Heat a pot over medium. Add oil and then vegetable mixture. Cook, covered, stirring often, until vegetables are very tender, about 20 min.

  • Add passata, sugar and salt during the last 2 min. of cooking.

  • Meanwhile, cook alphabet pasta in a pot of boiling water following package directions, but omitting salt, until tender, 7 to 8 min. Drain and return to pot. Stir in sauce and Parmesan until combined.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 407, Protein 14g, Carbohydrates 69g, Fat 8g, Fibre 5g, Sodium 904mg.

Packing tip

Scoop hot pasta into a Thermos and pack cheese on the side so kids can do their own sprinkling.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent September 2015 issue, this recipe has a triple-tested guarantee from the Chatelaine Kitchen.

This article was originally published on Aug 10, 2015

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