If your kids like all this canned pasta in tomato sauce nonsense, they will love this clean eating alphagetti recipe. I never bought a single can of Heinz Alphagetti but I bought organic Trader Joe’s O’s and my kids love it! Not sure why and I’m not even sure is it a soup or a pasta dish?! I have no idea. The whole idea of my lunch or dinner coming from a can sounds disgusting to me. I remember first seeing Alphagetti in kids’ lunch bags at my son’s daycare years ago and really felt sorry for the kids. Let’s be honest – would you love this lunch?! Do they even know what real food tastes like?! All these pretty cans, packages and boxes. Even fruit is in a plastic cup. Stop supporting marketing inventions of big corporations and go buy fruit in season and cut them up if you wish.
A few weeks ago, I got a new thermos for my son’s lunches and right away thought of making my own clean eating alphabet (or whatever it’s called in your neck of the woods). Lately he has been bringing many hot lunches back uneaten and it’s not like him. Then I figured out the thermos he had didn’t keep food warm long enough. Tadaah, issue solved. If your kid is not eating their lunch, this might be why. Also the trick is to pour boiling water in a jar for 5 minutes before adding hot food. BIG difference!
Alphagetti thickens with time as pasta keeps cooking in a hot sauce. So, don’t worry if it’s too thin first thing off the stove. Photo above shows you before and after an hour or two sitting on a counter. It can be refrigerated for days and even frozen. My son had it for lunch 3 days straight and I had nothing to freeze. In fact, both kids had it some days twice, for lunch and dinner. You can easily freeze the leftovers as soon as your kids get tired of it. In fact, I have made this pot mainly for freezing.
I went to the store a few days ago and couldn’t find Alphagetti. Instead I found Moshi Monsters. True, there are monsters – ingredients inside the can. Heinz played smart and removed preservatives but kept all GMO ingredients. Thank you very much, I’m not feeding that to my kids.
Last week I received, let’s call it rude, comment calling me irresponsible claiming GMOs cause autism in one of my posts. Reader also said that I’m not a scientist, just a food blogger, so everyone is safe to eat chicken nuggets. Yes, I’m not a scientist, neither is she, but all I can tell you is that where I grew up, in Ukraine, we didn’t have mass peanut allergies, autism, ADHD and a ton of special needs kids along with their assistants at schools. What is more important than ANY science degree is COMMON SENSE! GMOs are just not natural for a human body! I run this blog to help people be healthy and no way I will tolerate rude comments. It is OK to disagree but don’t be rude. More importantly know where your food comes from. Hopefully not from a can.
Make this clean eating alphagetti for your kids, they will love it!
- 2 x 14 oz cans tomato sauce (low sodium)*
- 8 cups water, divided (I used boiled kettle water)
- 2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp oregano, dried
- 1/2 tsp coriander, ground
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 3 1/2 cups any small pasta (I used brown rice for GF version)
- 1 cup any cheese, shredded
- In a large pot, add tomato sauce, 7 cups water, honey, garlic powder, salt, oregano and coriander; bring to a boil. Add 1 cup water and cornstarch into a small bowl and whisk until dissolved. Pour into a boiling pot.
- Add pasta and cook uncovered on low - medium heat for about 7 - 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente, stirring occasionally. Do not over cook pasta as it will continue cooking off the heat. Add cheese and stir until melted; remove from heat. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes to thicken and flavours merry each other although it's OK to eat right away. After an hour or two it will be even thicker. Serve hot.
*Feel free to use not low sodium tomato sauce (that's what I had) and adjust salt to taste.
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving = 1 3/4 cups:
Total Fat: 7.8 g
Cholesterol: 16.7 mg
Sodium: 945.3 mg
Total Carbs: 61.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.4 g
Protein: 9.8 g
WW Points+: 9