These Meatball and Pasta Skewers are a fun way to get your kids excited about dinner! Not only is this a kid-friendly dinner, it’s also a great way to serve pasta at a party.
I have found that two things seem to always make food more appealing to my kids: Skewers and dipping. Food is somehow more delicious when it’s on a stick as far as they are concerned, so I wanted to bring that idea to their standard pasta dinner. It’s not pictured here, but you can serve these pasta skewers with marinara or alfredo sauce to cover your dipping bases too.
This is hardly even a recipe. Just gather these things and start assembling:
- Whole wheat cheese tortellini, cooked according to package directions and tossed with olive oil or butter
- Frozen meatballs (store bought or homemade), heated in microwave
- Vegetables your kids will eat (I chose grape tomatoes and steamed broccoli)
- Marinara and/or alfredo sauce for dipping
Quick dinner ideas like these are perfect for back-to-school time when schedules get hectic. Want a couple more great meals for school nights? How about these?
Paula V says
Did Jessica claim her wonderful prize?
Yes she did! I’m working on getting another giveaway together soon. I wish I had lots more prizes to give to more winners!
Thanks for linking to Tickle My Tastebuds! This is a feature for tomorrow. Would love a social media shout out if you get a chance! Please link up again this week!! laura
Hi, Laura. I stopped by yesterday to link up. Thank you again for the feature. I really appreciate it!
Serena Adkins says
Following all boards and shared giveaway – Thank you for the chance!
Thank you, Serena! Good luck :)
Sara @ Bitz & Giggles says
Andi, my kids would absolutely LOVE these. Anytime they can use their fingers rather than utensils, it’s the coolest meal ever! And pasta on a stick. . .get atta’ here! Brilliant.
Thanks, Sara! Kids love food on sticks!
Healthy and delicious dinner. Blessings, Catherine
Thanks so much, Catherine!
Shashi @ RunninSrilankan(dot)com says
Such a fun recipe – I am way past my kid years, but I would love these skewers after a long day at work! And thanks for the giveaway!
Hi, Shashi! I’m glad you like this dinner idea. Thanks for entering, and good luck :)
Sydney G says
I don’t have kids but these still look like a fun appetizer idea for a party! I’ll definitely be trying it out!
Thanks, Sydney! They are definitely good for all ages :)
Michele @ Alwayzbakin says
These look SO good! And such a great idea for the kids. ;-D
Thank you, Michele! I hope your kids like them too :)
Shawn McFadden says
What if you don’t have a pintrest account? I have absolutely no interest in setting up an account there. I don’t have a facebook or Tumblr account either. That really limits the # of entries that I can get for these contests.
Hi, Shawn. Sorry, but all the entries for this giveaway are for Pinterest. I added that first entry so people would only have to enter their username once and not on every entry. I typically have a variety of ways to enter my giveaways, so I hope the next one is a better fit for you. Thanks!
Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) says
Andi!! How fun are these! I can’t wait to go get some meatballs now!
Thanks, Jaren! I hope you guys like them too!
Isabella T. says
Thank you for the amazing giveaway AND recipe!!!
Isabella T. says
***Well, I still consider it a recipe even though it’s technically not cooking, haha. Still, it’s a great idea!!! The photos look so nice; I hope mine come out like that.
Thank you, Isabella! I don’t mind if you call it a recipe :) I’m sure yours will turn out perfect! This is really a foolproof dinner I think. Thank you so much for stopping by and entering our giveaway!
Thank YOU, Isabella! Good luck :)
Jerry Cartwright says
I like slow cooker tri-tip roast. That and anything BBQ’d.
I’m a meat lover, so that all sounds good to me, Jerry!
Maxine Rendulic says
Recipes look so good! Sometimes, my kids can be so picky!
Thanks, Maxine! My kids are pretty much always picky ;)
Karen @ The Food Charlatan says
This is a rockin’ awesome idea Andi. It’s so true about the dipping thing with kids. I actually made something kind of similar to this recently but my daughter Charlotte still wasn’t fooled by the broccoli on a stick thing, haha. I should have given her something to dip it in! Andi I’m so glad we met at BlogHer. You are definitely on my list of “coolest people I met over the weekend.” :)
Hi, Karen! I am lucky that my picky kids like broccoli (but not much else). Maybe Alfredo or cheese dip would convince Charlotte to try it.
If I was one of the coolest people you met then I feel a little sad for you because I’m a big nerd ;) I am SO happy we met too, and I look forward to getting to know you better! xo
Carol at Wild Goose Tea says
This is THE most original skewer idea I have encountered. It really works for me because meatballs are high on my ‘Like” list. A meal on a stick. You get MAJOR points!
Thanks, Carol! I love me some meatballs too. Glad you like this one!
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I’ve been doing a LOT of skewers lately and these are super fun! I think my kids would love eating pasta this way so much more. :)
Hi, Marcie! Don’t you agree that kids love food more when it is skewered? I need to go check out if you have some other good kebab ideas posted. Thank you!
Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy says
Seriously, this is the COOLEST idea!! Not only would my boys love to eat these, but they would enjoy making them too! Super cute, Andi! Pinned!
Thanks, Jen! You’re right that older kids (who aren’t going to stab themselves or others with the skewers) would have fun making these themselves. It could even be an activity for a party to keep the kids busy! Thanks so much for the pin :) xo
These are awesome!! Im going to try them ASAP! My kiddos will go bananas for them!
Thanks, Kelley! I hope they love them!