Adriana’s Fave 10-Minute Pasta (toddler-friendly)

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 23, 2017

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At long last, I’m sharing the recipe I’ve probably made the most since Adriana started eating solids (which somehow feels like forever ago and just yesterday at the same time). I’ve had so many requests for this recipe, but never got around to sharing it because it would always be devoured right away, leaving no time for photos. Last week, I finally made it in the morning so I’d have a bit of time to snap a few shots.  

I use the term “recipe” lightly here because I never measure the ingredients for this pasta; not having to measure anything is part of its beauty and ease. I measured it here so you can get a feel for it, but once you do, I encourage you to throw caution to the wind and wing it! It’s really hard to mess up. You can often find me glugging marinara, spooning hummus, and dumping hemp hearts with abandon into the cooked pasta. The quicker the better, especially when there’s a hangry toddler screaming “Paaaaaaaasta!” at your feet.

Not only is this pasta fast and delicious, it packs in tons of protein, fibre, and healthy fats. You can also change it up and customize it so many different ways—I’ve provided a few ideas in the recipe, but I’d love to hear what you come up with, too!

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I’ve been hesitant to share “toddler-friendly” recipes on here because I’ve learned a few things about feeding a toddler: 1) what they claim to love and hate changes by the day (or minute), 2) toddler likes and dislikes are not one size fits all, and 3) the food my daughter loved at one year old (virtually everything!) is certainly not what she loves at two years old (this age is much more hot and cold, as she loves to assert her independence). It’s not uncommon for me to think I’ve found a foolproof toddler-friendly recipe to share with you, only for it to then be rejected for a month straight. (And I once read that a little one often needs 20 exposures to the same food before they take to it, too.) Luckily, my dear recipe tester, Nicole, runs a daycare and she shares most of my recipes with her daycare children, which gives me a much better idea whether a recipe will be, generally speaking, a winner. I’m happy to say this one was enjoyed!

Anyway, I’m sure we’ll have a mix of “my baby/toddler/kid loved this” and “my kiddo only ate one bite” in the comments—that’s just the nature of the beast. (And by “beast” I mean toddler, in a sometimes cute/sometimes scary kinda way…am I right?) But my hope is that some of you will be able to fall back on this recipe as often as we do. I don’t know what I’d do without it as it’s just so easy. Oh, and yes, us adults like it too, so even if you don’t have kids you may want to give it a try on those busy, too-tired-to-cook weeknights. It’s great paired with a simple side salad and Lemon-Tahini Dressing, which can be thrown together while the pasta cooks.

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Adriana's Fave 10-Minute Pasta

Vegan, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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I’ve made this pasta countless times for our family; it’s hard to beat how fast and nutritious it is, and it can be changed up so many ways. It packs in around 20 grams of protein and 11 grams of fibre per (adult-size) serving (depending on which kind of pasta you use, of course—see my notes), not to mention healthy fats from the hemp hearts. My advice if you’re in a rush is to start heating up the water first, before you gather any other ingredients, as it can take some time for the water to come to a boil. If you happen to have a batch of my Fail-Proof Marinara Sauce from Oh She Glows Every Day (p. 175) on hand, it works wonderfully in this dish. Of course, store-bought marinara works just as well, too.

Yield
4 (adult-size) servings
Prep time
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Ingredients:

For the pasta:
  • 1 box (340 g/12 ounces) rotini or fusilli pasta*
  • 2 cups (500 mL) marinara sauce
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup (80 mL to 125 mL) hummus
  • 1/4 cup (35 g) hemp hearts
Optional add-ins:
  • Fine sea salt, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Frozen peas or other veggies**
  • Cooked lentils or beans
  • Fresh spinach or basil, minced in food processor
  • Puréed cooked carrots or cauliflower***

Directions:

  1. Add water into a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat. While you are waiting for it to boil, gather the rest of the ingredients. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium, add the pasta, and stir with a wooden spoon. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, stirring every now and then to prevent the pasta sticking.
  2. Drain the cooked pasta well and place it back into the pot. Stir in the marinara, hummus, and hemp hearts until combined. Taste and add a bit of salt or other mix-ins if desired.
  3. Heat over low until warmed throughout. If serving this pasta to a little one, spread a scoop of pasta out on a plate to gently cool it before serving.
  4. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple days. To reheat, add the pasta into a pot along with a bit of extra marinara sauce (this adds moisture back) and stir to combine. Heat over medium-low heat until warmed throughout.

Tips:

* I typically use whole-grain kamut pasta. And sometimes, I mix in a bit of red lentil pasta for a protein boost. Feel free to use any kind of pasta you and your family enjoy!

** To quickly thaw frozen peas, add them to the pot during the last minute or two of cooking the pasta.

*** When I have time, I love to steam or boil carrots (or cauliflower) and then purée them until smooth. Then I stir the puréed veggies directly into the pasta. It’s an easy way to add even more nutrition without impacting the flavour too much.

This pasta goes lovely with a simple side salad and garlic bread. If your little one isn't a salad fan, try giving them small lettuce leaves for dipping into the dressing.

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Stephanie February 23, 2017 at 11:41 am

Hummus in pasta sounds interestingly delicious. I’ve had hummus on a lot of things, but not on pasta.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 23, 2017 at 12:33 pm

I agree, it’s kinda weird, right?! My daughter is a huge hummus fan, so one day I was just like…why not? heh. It makes it so creamy.

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Michelle February 24, 2017 at 12:14 pm

It definitely is yummy on pasta. Gives it a creamy texture and flavour!

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Sanita April 24, 2018 at 7:06 am

I do similar with white beans (purée or mash them) as they are soooo nutritious and makes tomato sauce milder to kids taste buds. Can add them even to smoothies.

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Nicole W February 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm
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This recipe is so flavourful and quick to make…I love love love the way the hummus cuts through any acidity in the tomato sauce and makes the sauce velvety. I think the hummus might be the secret weapon that makes the children (and me!) fall in love with this dish; it has a “gentle” flavour.

Plus, its a great excuse to make or buy some hummus for dipping veggies the next day.

Cauliflower puree was undetectable in the sauce … I love that I can add the benefits of cruciferous veggies without changing the flavour. Thanks, Angela, for this superfast recipe :)

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Hélène February 23, 2017 at 1:49 pm

Will share this with my bestie who’s got a very hungry toddler :-) Personally I always have cooked Puy lentils in the fridge (I’m French, that’s why) and make a quick “sauce” with those + onion, garlic, miso, bay leaves, red wine and vinegar + lots of pepper. It is super fast to make and my boyfriend loves it too. Thanks for all the inspirations!

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Aleeha February 23, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Oooh, I love hummus, I’ll have to try this!
Aleeha xXx
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Paige February 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm

This is totally being made next week!

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Lauren February 23, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Haha! This post made me laugh. I’m glad to hear another mom has the same problem with finicky eaters. ‘Noodles and sauce’ is a go-to for us too, but I never thought to add the hummus or hemp. I’ll have to give a try next time with them! :-)

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Connie February 23, 2017 at 4:12 pm

Yum; I don’t have hummus at home, but I have tahini, so I’m thinking I’ll toss that in instead – our whole family loves it in your Fusilli Lentil-Mushroom pasta recipe. My co-worker is a nutritionist and she raves about that recipe as well – and she, by the way, has guided me through my twins’ food phases: my daughter, who will try anything, and my fairly picky son – they really do come with those inclinations intact!

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Connie February 27, 2017 at 7:42 pm
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It came out great, and this makes me feel less guilty on “pasta nights,” since I’m still getting some protein into them.

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Kelsey @ So Much Life February 23, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Oh my gosh, I was literally just thinking that I have ZERO ideas of what I’ll make for dinner tonight when this post popped into my feed, and I think I have everything at home to make it….so I know what’s for dinner now! Ha! Thanks so much!!

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Izzy | pinch of delight February 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm

This looks amazing!
I love how quick it is. x
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Kery February 24, 2017 at 9:42 am

This sounds really great and I’m definitely going to make it. Is there a fave brand of marinara sauce that you recommend? Also where would I find kamut pasta in the GTA…regular health food store? Thanks :)

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Angela Liddon February 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Hi Kery, my favourite store-bought marinara is Costco’s White Linen Collection Marinara Sauce. I highly recommend it! As for kamut pasta, I’d say check out the health food/organic section of your grocery store. I use Eden Organic brand and looooove it. Hope this helps!

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Bunny February 24, 2017 at 11:45 am

Do you use plain hummus or is there a particular flavored hummus you find works best?

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Michelle February 24, 2017 at 12:15 pm

Try roasted red pepper on pasta! It is a favorite in our house!

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Angela Liddon February 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm

I tend to use plain, but you can use any flavour you love to change it up. :)

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DavidL February 24, 2017 at 12:05 pm
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My kids don’t like hummus.. but I’m going to sneak some in the next time I make them pasta to see if they notice since I have some leftover.

The kids are also willing to try blended spinach in their pasta next time (they do enjoy it already in smoothies so they are a little less apprehensive)

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Hails February 24, 2017 at 8:22 pm
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Oh my goodness, I mix tomato sauce with hummus ALL the time, and everyone I know finds it so odd. I guess maybe now I can just say that I have the tastebuds of a toddler? :)

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Annette @ Wellness WA February 24, 2017 at 10:18 pm

Whilst I’m not a toddler (just at heart) I’m definitely going to be keeping the ingredients on hand to make this simple dish. Hummus in pasta – WHO KNEW?! But I love the idea! x

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Sarah February 25, 2017 at 11:21 am
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I thought I was the only one who put hummus in pasta sauce! I find my 2 year old suddenly rejecting lentils in their whole form (just a phase, I hope), so it’s been my go-to along with red lentils, which are pretty much mush anyway and can’t easily be spit out!

My advice based on experience for those with picky (or newly picky in my case) eaters that will ALWAYS eat pasta is to mix it up as much as possible. Every pasta shape and sauce I can think of has been tried to make sure she doesn’t get “stuck” on one food until she’s 18. Anytime I have leftover soups, sauces, etc., I freeze them in silicone ice cube trays or silicone muffin cups and they all work GREAT to throw on various pastas and grains. Angela, your Thai soup from the new cookbook makes a great creamy pasta sauce, FYI ;)

My fridge freezer has a bin of ready to go soups/sauces, a bin for grains/proteins (also frozen in pucks), and a bin with pre-cooked/cut up/pureed veggies. Meals are SO EASY, especially since our supper is often not on the table until late evening. At least she eats on time! Good luck to all the toddler mamas and papas out there, and thanks again Ange for always inspiring us!

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Angela Liddon March 3, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Hey Sarah, Oh I LOVE your tips and tricks! I too have tried adding soup into the pasta and find it works great. I’ve never thought of adding frozen cubes though, but I will definitely try this out soon. Your frozen “bin” sounds like a perfect solution. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Christina @ montessoriishmom.com February 25, 2017 at 7:06 pm

This sounds so good and healthy! I would never have thought to add hummus with marinara. I would love to see more toddler recipes!

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Angela Liddon February 27, 2017 at 11:59 am

Hope it’s a hit when you give it a try, Christine! We just love the addition of hummus.

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Michele February 26, 2017 at 2:25 am

I’ve just made my first recipe from your book …tex mex casserole …I loved it ..my meat eating husband loved the cashew sour cream ..I loved the tastiness of the tex mex and that it will feed me for a few days xxx

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Angela Liddon February 27, 2017 at 11:50 am

I’m so happy you enjoyed the casserole, Michele! I hope you love whatever recipe you try from the cookbook next just as much. Enjoy those leftovers!

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Erin February 26, 2017 at 12:22 pm

I’m wondering about freezing the sauce in ice cube trays so it’s easy to reheat a few for a toddler sized portion on demand?

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Erin February 27, 2017 at 11:22 am

What I ended up doing was steaming carrots and cauliflower and then pureeing. I also cooked some lentils. I then froze the pureed veggies and cooked lentils in ice cube trays. Today I made the pasta and it was super easy to throw the ice cubes (4 veggie, 2 lentil) into the sauce and heat while the pasta was cooking for added veggie and protein boost. My one year old is on his third helping now and I have to admit I am eating a bowl too and it’s delicious!

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Angela Liddon February 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm

I’m sorry I haven’t tried freezing this sauce before, but I love the idea!

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Olya February 26, 2017 at 12:55 pm
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This recipe is amazing! I made it yesterday for dinner for my whole family and they all loved it. It’s my new go to recipe when I’m shot on time. I didn’t have any hummus at home but had canned chickpea, so I was able to make hummus while pasta was cooking. I’m going to prepare several jars of marinara sauce just for this recipe. Thank you so much, Angela, I’ve been following your blog for many years now and you have inspired my whole family to adopt a mostly vegan lifestyle.

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Angela Liddon February 27, 2017 at 11:38 am

Oh, I’m so happy to hear it was such a hit, Olya :)

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Elizabeth February 26, 2017 at 8:30 pm
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This recipe is great! I don’t usually eat pasta with marinara because it is too acidic for my tastes, but adding the hummus makes all the difference in the world! I also love the subtle bite of the hemp seeds. Easy, quick, healthy and delicious – great recipe! Thank you, Angela, for all you do!

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Angela Liddon February 27, 2017 at 11:31 am

I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it, Elizabeth! I really love the twist the hummus adds, too. :)

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palak bhatti February 27, 2017 at 7:19 am
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i love your all recipes thanks for sharing

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Alexis Towle February 27, 2017 at 11:50 am

Can’t wait to make this. I love any kind of spiral style pasta, but you had me sold at 10 minute pasta.

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Danielle February 27, 2017 at 3:51 pm

Hi Angela, thanks so much for sharing these super tasty, easy ideas to get toddlers to eat healthy! Question for you….what do you think about adding the hummus and hemp seeds to your Easy Tomato Basil Cream Sauce? http://ohsheglows.com/2011/05/10/easy-tomato-basil-cream-pasta/ The pureed cauliflower might work as an add-in for that too, no?

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Angela Liddon March 3, 2017 at 12:25 pm

I think that could be a great twist on the recipe! With the addition of hummus especially, you may find you need to add more water to thin out the sauce a bit. If you experiment, I’d love it if you’d report back with what you tried and how it went. Happy cooking, Danielle!

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Minh Nguyen February 27, 2017 at 11:14 pm

It looks so good. seems it’s decided for me to make it

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Horse Ideas February 28, 2017 at 12:44 am
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Looks amazing! Also adding some lentil taco meat. Thanks for planning my dinner!

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Laura Barr February 28, 2017 at 10:57 am

Ahhh I can’t wait to try this! Love your recipes – I look forward to trying more!

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Iss February 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm

I could eat pasta everyday! And this looks like my tomorrows dinner haha
Thanks for sharing

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Kelley February 28, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Ok, so I’m scarfing your Nut Free Taco salad from your app as I type, trying not to make a mess of my keyboard. But I had to stop by & say: OMG, it’s soooooo good! :) I’m a Texas girl so I know & love me some taco salads! I’ve tried meat subs before & they’re usually disappointing. But this one blew my mind! I added some black beans & skipped making the dressing since I had a hangry toddler on my hands. I just topped it with a scoop or two of hummus. I also realized mid-prep the only salad greens I had were half wilted spinach & arugula but they worked too. I have so many plans for this…burritos, seven layer dip, the list goes on. Planning on trying this pasta dish on my toddler this week! Thanks for another home run recipe!

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Angela Liddon March 1, 2017 at 10:26 am

Thanks for the love, Kelley! So glad you’re enjoying that recipe. Happy cooking!

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts March 1, 2017 at 9:24 am

We have just started baby led weaning with my 6-month-old so I am pleased to see child recipes starting to appear! I can already see that what is a winning food one day may not be the next but it’s good to have easy meals up one’s sleeve :)

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Marielle March 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm

I have two toddlers and can’t wait to try this recipe out for them!! They love pasta (thankfully are good with whole grain), as well as hummus so hoping it goes over well! Now that you have a toddler, have you thought of making a vegan toddler-friendly cookbook? Or do you have any toddler-friendly cookbooks that are your go-to? Thanks!!

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Angela Liddon March 9, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Hi Marielle, I hope your little ones enjoy it! To be honest the thought of creating a cookbook for little ones is a bit intimidating because toddlers can be SO picky, lol. It’s something I may consider in the future after I have more practice under my belt. ;) I’m sorry I haven’t used any kids cookbooks yet, but maybe someone else can weigh in on a good one!

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Laurie April 5, 2017 at 11:54 pm

I highly recommend reading Karen Le Billon’s amazing book, “French Kids Eat Everything: and Yours Can Too”. You’ll discover how her toddler and young child got over picky eating and become healthy eaters. (The book includes several recipes, although only about half of them are vegan friendly.)

That said, I have a 17-month old toddler who eats everything! I’m not kidding. He eats broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach, zucchini, rutabaga, all sorts of legumes and pulses and strong flavoured foods like tempeh and fresh herbs all with a huge smile of his face! The trick is: (1) no snacking,except for afternoon tea (2) serve vegetables first at lunch & supper (3) serve each course separately so your child can focus on the food, and (4) model a love of vegetables yourself. I also serve my meals without any distractions, no TV, no radio and no music. Instead, I focus on providing a pleasurable, relaxing time together by dressing the table with fresh flowers and candles, and being organized so that I’m in a calm state, not jumping up and down for stuff, but able to enjoy the joy of eating together with my family.

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Darlene March 3, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Thanks for the inspiration. I added humus and hemp hearts to the pasta last night and it was delicious. Have shared the recipe with my kids to try on the grandkids – which will be the true test. Not sure my version could be called toddler friendly, as I used my favorite spicy sweet potato hummus, but it sure was delicious. The hummus makes the pasta sauce stick to the noodles. Great for toddlers as they will actually get more of the delicious sauce in their mouths.

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Angela Liddon March 6, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Oh, that hummus sounds delish, Darlene! I hope your kids have success with the recipe, too.

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Stefanie March 3, 2017 at 4:53 pm

well, sometimes it’s the easiest things that are the best, right? i can see why your toddler would like this pasta the best, sounds lovely! will try soon, sounds good for a lunch at the office cause it can easily be prepared and filled in a container!
thank you!
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Amanda March 3, 2017 at 7:01 pm
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Thanks for sharing this gem! It was so good and so easy to make (which a student can appreciate hehe :) I really enjoy drowning this with some hot sauce and some butternut squash on top.

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Allison March 3, 2017 at 9:07 pm
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We (myself, husband and toddler) all loved this. My husband doesn’t always love the idea of meatless meals, but he always goes for it I when I tell him it’s an OSG recipe ? Thank you!

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Rose March 3, 2017 at 9:33 pm

Wow, never thought of adding hummus in pasta, I should try this for my little ones :)

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Angela Liddon March 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm

If you try it, I hope it’s a hit, Rose!

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Sherry March 6, 2017 at 11:17 am
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Tried this last night with Trader Joe’s red lentil pasta and it was terrific. The additional protein from the hummus and lentil pasta kept us from looking for a snack later in the evening. I keep the Costco single serving hummus packs in the fridge since they are great for travel (under 3 oz for US carry on requirement) and snacking, so just added one of those when I heated up the sauce. A winner in our house and also a pantry recipe since we usually have everything on hand.

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Adriana March 6, 2017 at 5:21 pm

Hey, that’s just like my name! ;) :) :)

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Nicole March 6, 2017 at 5:27 pm

this look delish. i can’t wait to try it. thanks for sharing.

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Lauren March 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Probably a little odd but I do love hummus as a creamy sauce base. I think I started using it when trying to make a recipe that called for tahini…haha hummus has tahini right? Looks delicious!

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Sisley March 7, 2017 at 1:48 pm

Hummus in pasta actually sounds so good!! Thanks for the inspiration, as always. Xo

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Meredith March 8, 2017 at 6:48 am
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This is amazing. It tastes like you added a splash of heavy cream to the dish without the animal protein/fat! It’s easy to make a big pot of marinara and pasta and keep it in the fridge for quick weekday meals. I nuke it for a minute or so with a spoonful of hummus mixed in. I’ve been eating it for breakfast it’s so good :)

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Sarah March 8, 2017 at 4:50 pm
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Genius Angela!! Thank you!

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Lisa March 9, 2017 at 12:44 pm

This is now one of my go to recipe’s LOVED it!!!!

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Carlton L. Barnes March 12, 2017 at 4:27 am
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My kids and other family members loves the Pasta so much! Thanks for the recipe. Oh i just forget to mention the [email protected]@. Great presentation i.e. anyone will edger to eat them at a glance.

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Angela Liddon March 13, 2017 at 9:15 am

Thank you! I’m so happy the recipe’s a hit.

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Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes March 15, 2017 at 7:17 am

I seem to always have these ingredients on hand. I’ll have to try it. Though my girls are closer to tweens at this point, I am sure they would love it!

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Omigy March 18, 2017 at 12:39 am

Hi Angela – Brilliant recipe everyone should do at home. I have visitors today and I shall be cooking this. Wish me luck, though the way you laid out the description makes it so simple. Today lunch is pasta and hummus. Thanks a lot. From the Omigy family.

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joanna perrin March 19, 2017 at 5:12 pm

Hi Angela,
Love this pasta dish! I use it all the time when I haven’t pre-planned a meal and need something quick and yummy. Thanks. On another note, re: cocoa powder, do you only use natural cocoa powder in all your dessert recipes? I know you use it for anything requiring baking soda but what about your recipes that call for baking powder like your fudgy black bean brownies or the brownie breakfast bake. Am I supposed to use the dutch pressed cocoa powder for those or can you still use the natural one? I thought you shouldn’t use natural with baking powder. Sorry for my confusion…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 24, 2017 at 1:49 pm

Hey Joanna, I’m so happy you love this pasta so much! Regarding your question: Yes, you are right about the distinction between natural and dutch cocoas! I tend to only use dutch-proceed unsweetened cocoa powder (my go-to brand is Cuisine Camino) in all my recipes. It says to use it in recipes that call for baking powder (but I probably have a few where I’ve used it in recipes with baking soda, too). In other words, you can assume dutch-processed in my recipes, unless you see otherwise. :)

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Joanna March 28, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Hi Angela,
Thanks so much for the reply! I just wanted to clarify your comments. I have both your books (yum!) and in both your pantry sections you mention using natural cocoa powder in your recipes but in your reply you mentioned using Dutch processed. I mostly stick to your savoury recipes but I want to try some of your desserts and just want to make sure I don’t mess them up. ?

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Rachel March 19, 2017 at 5:55 pm

Will be trying this recipe on the family this week. Angela, please share as many family friendly recipes as possible. As a working mom, who also wants to feed her family real food, I appreciated this post with variations and shortcuts. Not always possible to find the time to cut up and cook multi-step recipes. And over the years, I have found that the less effort I put into supper, the more they love it!

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Maurice McCaffrey March 21, 2017 at 11:57 pm

Hi Angela,

I just wanted to let you know that the link for your Vegan Broccoli and Cheese Soup is down on your website. Was really looking forward to trying that recipe.

Thanks,
Maurice

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 24, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Hi Maurice,

Thank you, we had some problems with the website but they should be fixed now. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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Kip Baumann March 22, 2017 at 10:29 pm
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I just discovered this one today and made it tonight for both of my kids (5&7) who loved it! I used my own home-made red-pepper hummus and skipped the hemp seeds. It was definitely a hit and so quick/easy to make that it will likely become a frequent meal for us. Thanks for the great idea!

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Kate March 23, 2017 at 9:46 am

Hi Angela! Long-time fan and first-time poster! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Since you noted the ‘ease’ of preparing this, I was wondering if you have any other thoughts/tips on easy/quick cooking? I recently started reading about the “Instant Pot.” Do you have any thoughts on that? As always, thanks for your wonderful recipes, insights, and stories!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 24, 2017 at 1:41 pm

Hey Kate, Oh that Instant Pot is all over, eh? I’m sad to say that I don’t have one so I’m not able to give tips for it. But in terms of tips on speedy cooking, two things I rely on every week are 1) leftovers (not glamorous, but we don’t mind them so I tend to make meals that have ample leftovers!), and 2) If I’m making a recipe which calls for a lot of chopped veggies or other prep work, I will often try to chop them in advance whenever possible (like the night before). It makes cooking the meal much less daunting the next day. Hope this helps :) Happy cooking

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Kate March 24, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Thanks so much! Such a good reminder about the leftovers!

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Rose-ann March 26, 2017 at 1:52 pm

My hubby is allergic to cashews, what could I use instead??

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Angela Liddon March 27, 2017 at 9:14 am

Hey Rose-ann, Happily, this particular pasta recipe doesn’t call for any cashews. Did you maybe have another recipe in mind? Please let me know, and I’ll do my best to offer you a substitution, if possible!

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[email protected] March 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm

This looks so yummy. I especially like the toddler friendly… My son has suddenly turned so picky! I’m going to have to try this!

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Angela Liddon March 28, 2017 at 9:54 am

I hope it’s a hit with your little guy, Heather!

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Diane March 28, 2017 at 3:02 am

Those pasta. I want some! :)

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Lula March 28, 2017 at 5:57 pm

Hello,

Random question (because I’m obsess with dinnerwave) : what’s the brand of the plate?

Thanks in advance
Lula

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Angela Liddon April 3, 2017 at 11:56 am

Hey Lula, I think it might be from Ikea! (But I’m not 100% sure on that.)

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Susan March 31, 2017 at 7:35 am
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Loved this pasta! It was incredibly quick and easy and delicious. I’ve never put hummus in pasta, but highly recommend it. My whole family loved this dish.

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Angela Liddon March 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm

I’m happy it was a hit, Susan!

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Anova March 31, 2017 at 10:56 pm

This recipe sounds great! I also love to cook a quick meal of pasta and a sauce with whatever ingredients or even leftovers I have at that moment. However I really like to do something with tomatoes :)

x, Anova

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Omigy April 1, 2017 at 7:10 am

My youngest girl loves chickpeas and I cannot wait to use hummus for pasta. I am 100% confident she ‘ll love it. Hummus = chickpeas, so we are about to taste some of the best pastas in the world.

PS. I agree about the beast could define toddlers, but toddlers are so great that we forget the beast that is in them ;)

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Paulina April 2, 2017 at 5:04 pm
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Hummus def made it really creamy! I added a bunch of mushrooms just bc i love mushrooms and a grain mix instead of hemp hearts, and loved the extra texture of the grains

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Mima April 3, 2017 at 11:06 am

And again you did it! :)
I didn’t have any hemp but even without it was oh so good. Made my own marinara sauce and was very pleased so I’m off to the store now to go get some other ingredients and play in the kitchen with your recipes ;)

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Sarah April 4, 2017 at 12:56 am
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This was so good! I added hemp hearts and cooked some red lentils right along with the pasta, using half kamut and half regular, it was so delicious! Going to try feeding some to my toddler tomorrow. I’m not a fan of tomato based sauces so the hummus made this so much better. I love hummus and so does the kid. Thanks for such an easy toddler friendly recipe Angela!

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Angela Liddon April 4, 2017 at 10:34 am

Thanks for your comment, Sarah! I hope it’s a hit with your little one, too. :)

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Annie April 4, 2017 at 5:48 pm
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I wasn’t sure about hummus + pasta, but I had some hummus to use up, so I decided to go for it. I’ve liked everything I’ve made from this blog, and this recipe was no exception! I’ll definitely be making it again :) thanks for another great recipe!

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Heidi April 6, 2017 at 12:58 pm

I will have to try this recipe. I am always looking for healthy kid friendly recipes. My littles are 3, 5, and 7 years old. I also love the tips about adding in puréed veggies. I haven’t tried that before.

Heidi
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Angela Liddon April 6, 2017 at 1:21 pm

I hope it’s a hit with your family too, Heidi! I’d love to hear how it goes over. :)

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Carly April 6, 2017 at 3:33 pm
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I was so happy to find a single serving of this in the back of my freezer today! My daughter (18 months) loved it the first time, and again today too! It’s so quick and easy to make. Thanks for the great recipe!

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Richi April 7, 2017 at 3:43 am

the last time I made pasta it took me about an hour, doing it in 10 minutes is a dream come true considering how much I love pasta :D .. definitely trying this over the weekend.. thanks a ton, you always come up with amazing recipes :)

Also shouldn’t we wash the pasta under cold running water once after the boil?

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Angela Liddon April 26, 2017 at 10:40 am

Hey Richi, Thanks so much for your kind words! I hope you enjoyed this recipe. :) Typically, when serving pasta warm and with sauce, as in this dish, you don’t need to rinse it—just drain. Rinsing is intended to wash off the starchy film that forms on cooked pasta, which is definitely important when making something like a cold pasta salad, so it doesn’t all clump together; but for warm, saucy pasta dishes you actually want that film to stick around (apologies for the accidental pun), as it helps the sauce coat and cling to the pasta.

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Vincent April 7, 2017 at 4:24 am

Well I think hummus is the real changer here. Hummus is not something one usually associates with pasta but I tried the recipe a couple of days back and it was perfect, definitely cooking this again. thanks for such awesome recipes you keep coming up with :)

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Angela Liddon April 7, 2017 at 8:44 am

I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the hummus addition, Vincent! We think it adds such a lovely boost to this everyday pasta recipe.

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Emma April 10, 2017 at 9:29 am

I’m not a toddler (or a have one) but this dish sounds delicious. I’ll let you know what I think when I try it. Thanks for sharing. :)

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Angela Liddon April 10, 2017 at 11:06 am

Lol, hope you enjoy it!

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Sal A. April 16, 2017 at 12:25 am

Being a big pasta lover, I decided to follow this recipe. It was really delicious. It was easy and quick. My kids loved it!

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Emily Brathen April 16, 2017 at 6:42 pm

I love hummus very much, I’ll have to try this!

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Nikki Bahan April 16, 2017 at 7:20 pm

YUM I would have never thought to put hummus in pasta. Needing to try this now. Thanks for the inspiration!!

-Nikki
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Angela Liddon April 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a try, Nikki!

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Maha Khan April 17, 2017 at 9:20 am
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great recipe I love your way of cooking and teaching.
I am going to make this recipe for my children and husband.

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Marie-Francoise April 18, 2017 at 2:03 pm

I think the recipe is decent but do not understand this idea of a child choosing to not be eating the food prepared for it.

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Ashley Diana April 19, 2017 at 5:05 am

This recipe really appealed to me as I want to prepare for my little girl going onto solid foods- Love the recipe and the plate is gorgeous!! I need that! 😍

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Krupa Parekh April 20, 2017 at 3:06 am
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Hi Angela, I agree with the 20 exposures thing as far as kids taking to a food is concerned. But I guess the same can be applied to us adults too because it takes about 21 days for us to form a habit and affinity towards a certain food is no different! The hummus is a nice touch. I love how the vegetable ingredients and being an Indian and a strict vegetarian myself, I am going to try making this for sure!

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Michelle April 24, 2017 at 8:56 am

This looks sooo good! :)

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Erin @ burdenfreecaregiving.com April 24, 2017 at 2:49 pm

I have not tried humus with pasta before. Fabulously delicious idea! This is such a tremendous twist on a fun recipe. And, I love introducing new foods to the kids. I hope they can travel the world one day and will never be afraid to try new delicacies from other countries.

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Richa Raj April 25, 2017 at 2:12 pm

looking yumm.. will try soon

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Debby April 29, 2017 at 8:32 am

Hi Angela,

I just wanted to let you know that whenever I meet with someone who is asking for food advice in transitioning to vegetarian or vegan, yours is always the website I give them a link for. I’ve used some of your recipes and they’ve always worked out well so I’m not afraid to recommend you.

Congrats on all your success and thanks for the support.

Debby

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Angela Liddon May 3, 2017 at 8:50 am

Wow, thank you so much! That means a lot to me Debby. :)

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Melissa @ Insider The Kitchen April 29, 2017 at 2:20 pm
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I thought this dish was really easy to make and fast. I followed the 2 other reviewers advice and cooked the pasta separately for about 7 minutes, drained almost all of the water, and then added it to my already cooking tomatoes, garlic and onions. I really enjoyed this dish.

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Cheryl May 1, 2017 at 11:29 am

I made this the other night and it’s my new go-to pasta! My picky husband, and three-year-old gobbled this up! I love how the hummus makes it creamy without any dairy. I am not able to have dairy or turkey/pork/soy, so when I found your blog and cookbooks I was so happy! I just purchased your second cook book and spent the weekend reading each recipe…the recipes and pictures are just beautiful. I am so excited to begin my health journey alongside you! The best part…you’re an Ontarian to boot! :) Thank you for sharing your passion with us!

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Angela Liddon May 1, 2017 at 8:37 pm

Thanks for the support for Oh She Glows Every Day, Cheryl! I’m so thrilled to hear you’re enjoying it so far (as well as that this pasta was a hit with everyone). Thank YOU for leaving such a lovely comment!

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Priya May 2, 2017 at 3:21 am

10 minute pasta is very quick indeed and my toddler did like it.

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Anna Hayes May 2, 2017 at 5:49 am
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This is such a great idea!! My toddler is obsessed with hummus and was never a big fan of tomato sauces but adding hummus turns the sauce into something so creamy and delicious we both had seconds!! You are such an inspiration as a vegan mum recipe blogger! Thanks :)

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Angela Liddon May 2, 2017 at 8:36 am

Thanks so much for the kind words, Anna! I’m so pleased to hear this recipe was a hit with your little one. :)

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TheCannizzoClutch May 2, 2017 at 11:41 am

Wow! That looks really tasty and seems so easy to make. I’m newly vegan, so I’m trying to find more recipes that are plant-based and quick to prepare. Love your site!

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Angela Liddon May 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Thanks! If you try this recipe, or any others on my blog, I hope you enjoy :)

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Deb Hatton May 2, 2017 at 12:42 pm
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Soooo simple and so yummy. I know you have the spinach listed as an optional add-in but it really takes it to another level!

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Supriya Kutty May 4, 2017 at 6:32 am
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Great recipe I love the way you teach & cook. I am surely gonna try this weekend for my children and husband.

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Victoria May 4, 2017 at 9:26 pm

Am interested in learning to cook more vegan.

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Addison Jones May 10, 2017 at 1:22 pm

Looks great and I think my kids would love it! Thanks for the idea!

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Katy May 13, 2017 at 9:12 am
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Well, I don’t know about toddlers, but my extremely picky one year old sure liked this pasta. Thank you!

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Angela Liddon May 15, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Yay! Glad to hear it, Katy. :)

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Elsa May 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm

OMG I’ve been doing this forever now and had now idea it was even a thing! I have two noodle addicted kiddos and i feel much better about it when tossing in the hummus! The tolerant lentil noodles have been a life saver too!

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Edwina at The Equipped Cook May 20, 2017 at 8:52 am

I think my little ones would like this too. Pasta has always been a favorite for me and my children love it too. I like the idea of putting hummus in this recipe. Great addition. I can’t wait to try making it. Thanks for sharing.

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Angela Liddon May 23, 2017 at 12:05 pm

If you decide to give a try, I hope it’s a hit with everyone, Edwina!

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Nancy Moore May 30, 2017 at 4:41 am

I love hummus very much, I will have to try this recipe. I am always looking for healthy kid friendly recipes.

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Taylor Reed May 30, 2017 at 12:33 pm
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My sister’s daughter is so very picky about what to eat so I am helping my sister to have some toddler-friendly recipes. Oh wow, I was just looking ‘Pasta for kids’ and found your blog. This is really helpful so I will cook this for my niece hoping she will like it.

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Angela Liddon May 31, 2017 at 9:23 am

I hope it’s a winner, Taylor!

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Raksha Kamat June 2, 2017 at 1:41 am
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Super easy recipe and yummy one too.
I can make this and pack in kids tiffin.

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Anne June 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm

You may be too busy for this now, but I would love if you could write a post about how you started your babies going vegan. My son is just a little younger than yours, at seven months, and I keep postponing starting solids almost paralyzed with fear of not knowing what to do! I know they just recommend white rice cereal and pretty soon cows milk. But I don’t want to do that. I do plan to breast-feeding to a year, I know that’s his main nutrition, but I think I might start drying up probably sooner than I’d like judging by a drop in supply now. Anyway, if you do have time, or if you already wrote some posts that you could direct me too, I would appreciate it. I did make this pasta for my husband and I, and it was good :-) but I’m guess I’m talking a little more basic baby stuff first. Thanks!!

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christy June 30, 2017 at 6:59 pm

Hi – the book I used to start cooking for my babies when they were interested in more than breastmilk is Super Baby Food. There are some non-vegan recipes but the majority of it has nutritionally dense food for babies that doesn’t include rice cereal or cow’s milk. I loved the book! Good luck!

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Jessie Gill June 9, 2017 at 8:35 am

Fabulous recipe. I love the protein boost the hummus gives it. I never considered adding hummus to pasta.

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Kerri June 10, 2017 at 4:14 pm
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Thank you a million times over for this recipe! We’ve recently changed to a plant-based diet in our house and have been looking for toddler-friendly meal ideas. My 11 month old twins both go nuts over this one. It’s a hit in our house.

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Angela Liddon June 12, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Oh, I’m so happy to hear they love it!

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Nicole June 15, 2017 at 6:31 am

Thanks for this recipe. Perfect for weekday nights after a long day at work and too tired to prepare anything complicated.

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Olle Fagerlin June 19, 2017 at 3:40 am

Looks delicious even for the non-toddler :). I’m definitely going to try this one out.

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Angela Liddon June 19, 2017 at 8:18 am

Our whole family loves it! I hope you do, too :)

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Jerry June 26, 2017 at 8:36 am
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Hi
For anyone that can’t have tomatoes or sauce, there is one you can buy it is called nomato, I used it for this recipe and it was super great, made it for a friend who has so many food sensitivities it is hard to find him a meal he can eat.
This pasta with a small sub for the sauce was perfect thank you.

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Evelyn June 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm

Thank you! I consider my 2 year old to be a picky eater and I was weary about cooking vegan for the family but your recipe made us a successful dinner. Everyone ate the whole thing and I got many compliments from my husband. Thank you!

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Angela Liddon June 30, 2017 at 8:35 am

Oh, that’s wonderful to hear, Evelyn! So glad the recipe won everyone over.

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Monica July 3, 2017 at 10:23 am
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Thank you so much for this recipe! I am a recent college grad and recently adopting a vegan lifestyle. I am at home for the summer (before I move out) and want to show my family that vegan meals are delicious! Made it last night with my mom, was a hit and have a ton left over for lunches this week! We blended cauliflower instead of juicing it, which adds a little more texture and actually makes me think I’m eating a cheesy pasta sauce. So good! We also cut up zucchini and cooked it with the sauce!

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Jennifer Jones July 7, 2017 at 11:42 am

To be honest….not impressed. You say for yourself you use healthier options for pasta…..um ok…you are calling this a vegan pasta…right??? So suggesting any pasta would not consider the recipe vegan when pasta is made with eggs. And frozen peas and cooked cauliflower and carrots??? …there goes the nutrition….sorry but this recipe on scale of 1- 10- would score a low 5 in my tummy..It would be a 10 with all ingredients fresh…you could mince all basil, carrots, garlic, cauliflower, mushrooms too and some olive oil in a blender together and then cook your NON egg pasta, blend and heat your marinara, or OWN fresh sauce and hummus together, then once thats hot, add in your veggies and chopped spinach, it will wilt and be a nice addition…..I just think if you are going to call it vegan make it true and healthy.

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Sandi July 23, 2017 at 6:03 pm

Why so mean? Honestly, you could have made your point with less hate. Try being kinder. Thanks.

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jen July 27, 2017 at 10:23 am

Huh? The pasta we have been eating is not made with eggs ..which pasta is made with eggs?

And why would you say “there goes the nutrition?” Frozen veggies hold their nutrition better than fresh.

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Tory July 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm

This was delicious and very easy. I’m so glad you mentioned the cauliflower. Works perfectly. My non-picky kid devoured it. We’ll try the picky one later:)

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Angela Liddon July 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Lol, I hope it’s a hit with the pick kid, too! ;)

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Kate Friedl July 26, 2017 at 11:32 am
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This was awesome! I didn’t think I could have a “creamy” pasta once going vegan but the hummus gives the sauce a natural creaminess! I almost think a few olives would have finished it perfectly. Thank you for this quick and easy recipe!

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Rita August 2, 2017 at 5:33 pm

So do you make the hummus before you put it in the pasta? If so can you share a good recipe.

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Angela Liddon August 17, 2017 at 11:37 am

Hi Rita, I tend to use store-bought lately to save time, but I have a couple great hummus recipes in both of my books if you’d like to try them out.

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Stephanie August 2, 2017 at 11:44 pm

This recipe is unbelievably good. I’m a new plant based diet convert and the creaminess of this pasta really makes a change from the more acidic pasta sauces. The lemon in the hummus brings a bit of a kick to this dish as well. I used pipitas instead of hemp seeds (Australia is pretty slow in the uptake of hemp for human consumption) and it tasted great. Thanks for this fantastic recipe Angela!

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Angela Liddon August 4, 2017 at 10:09 am

Thank YOU for the glowing words, Stephanie! I’m glad to hear you love the recipe as much as we do :)

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Hanna August 9, 2017 at 1:23 am
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These look delicious! ! Thanks for sharing…

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Terri Edwards August 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm

I am a serious pasta lover, and this recipe looks so simple and delicious! I never thought of using hummus to add creaminess to a recipe before. Great idea, and I can’t wait to try this!

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Angela Liddon August 10, 2017 at 9:46 am

Hope you enjoy it, Terri! Happy cooking :)

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Katy August 13, 2017 at 11:42 am

Hi Angela – This is delicious as are so many of your lovely recipes. As a new mom, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate an effortless recipe. Would love to see more of your quick at home dinners!!

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Sophia August 24, 2017 at 6:42 am
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I would never have thought to put hummus in pasta! Loved it though. Creamy, delicious and quick. Added frozen peas (which I add to everything). I omitted the hemp hearts.

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Thecla August 31, 2017 at 5:45 am

That looks so delicious!!

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sohani patel August 31, 2017 at 1:59 pm

I love really love pasta and this looks so delicious. I think I’ll make this tonight :) i hope like my family spacial my bf i’m so exited for this pasta

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Angela Liddon September 1, 2017 at 9:02 am

I hope it was a hit!

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deepika singh September 12, 2017 at 2:56 am
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seeing it,water is coming in my mouth. I’m very excited to make this pasta. i’ll make it tonight and serve my family. i hope they will like it.
thank you

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Hanna September 19, 2017 at 7:55 am

Yummm!! I JUST LOVE PASTA… mouth-watering Recepi.

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elle September 21, 2017 at 8:58 am

Mouthwatering recipe. Thanks for sharing

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The Recipes Pk October 7, 2017 at 1:37 pm

I love Pasta. It is the most favorite dish of mine and also ready in max 15-20 minutes. It is the best solution if you are really hungry and want to cook something fast.

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Supriya Kuttty November 4, 2017 at 1:59 am

Wooohhh Passstttaaaa… My all-time favorite food. This recipe sounds so good and healthy really! As I am a big Pasta lover, I’ll have to try this recipe asap for sure for my family and friends. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe with all of us. Best Wishes and Regards.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2017 at 6:34 am

I hope you enjoy it if you try it out Supriya!

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Supriya Kuttty November 18, 2017 at 12:15 am

Heya Angela, Three days back I made this yummy recipe for my house party dear. It was really yummy. Everyone loved it and praised my efforts. Shared your recipe link with them also. Thank you so much once again. Keep sharing new recipes, Angela.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 18, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Thank you so much for trying it out, and for your kind words. :)

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Melanie Zumm December 17, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Never cooked with hemp hearts before – guess I’ll have to try it! Also, agree with some above that hummus & pasta is a combo I’ve never considered but sounds amaaaazing.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 18, 2017 at 8:01 am

Thanks Melanie, I hope you enjoy it if you try it!

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Samantha December 22, 2017 at 10:37 am
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I’ve made this multiple times already and I love it. It’s so simple and the non-vegan family couldn’t believe how tasty it was!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 23, 2017 at 8:02 am

Hey Samantha, That’s great! Thanks for trying it out and letting us know how it went.

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Lili December 23, 2017 at 10:53 pm
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Made this with Trader Joe’s spinach and chive linguine and arrabiata sauce. It came together in under 10 minutes. Will definitely be making this regularly!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

Oh that sounds good, Lili! Wish we had TJ’s here in Canada.

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Lizzy K January 9, 2018 at 9:45 pm

You’ve done it again. I’m drinking this sauce. So quick/simple/easy/GENIUS!!!! Thank you for making the world taste better.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 10, 2018 at 9:43 am

haha love this comment…thank you Lizzy!!

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Jackie January 10, 2018 at 9:39 pm
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My kids loved it!!!! They don’t normally like pasta sauce so I was surprised and pleased.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2018 at 12:22 pm

That’s great news Jackie! Thanks for letting me know :)

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Lindsay January 12, 2018 at 8:38 pm

Can I throw in some lentils when I’m cooking the pasta?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 13, 2018 at 9:55 am

Hey Lindsay, Oh that’s a fun idea. I think you could if you timed the lentil vs pasta cooking time (so if the lentils needed a longer cook time you may want to throw them in early?). I haven’t tried this before, so I’d love to hear how it goes if you do!

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Amy January 29, 2018 at 8:33 pm

Do you think this pasta sauce is freezable??

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 30, 2018 at 10:11 am

Hey Amy, Oh good question! I haven’t tried freezing it before, but I’d think it should be fine. My only concern would be the hummus changing texture a bit when thawed, but probably wouldn’t be a big issue. If you try it please let us know how it goes!

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Kim Ainsworth March 3, 2018 at 5:26 pm
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One of my favourite go-to quick dinners. I keep the marinara sauce portioned out in mason jars and frozen. Very satisfying meal.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 5, 2018 at 7:54 am

Hey Kim, That’s such a great idea to portion and freeze the sauce! I will have to try this sometime

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Cooking Crave March 20, 2018 at 7:47 am
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Mind Blowing Recipe. Tried it last weekend & it was just awesome. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe with us.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 21, 2018 at 7:57 am

Wow, thank you so much…I’m so happy you love it as much as we do :)

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Drooling Foodies April 12, 2018 at 4:05 pm

The pasta looks absolutely delicious. Would try mixing a pinch of peri-peri to it. What do you think about it?

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Angelika June 14, 2018 at 5:59 pm

I kept seeing this recipe but was too afraid to try it… but, oh my goodness, new favorite quick recipe!! The hummus tastes amazing in this, not weird at all! I should have known, I’ve never been let down by your recipes, but this one surprised me. Thank you!! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 15, 2018 at 1:25 pm

So glad to hear you loved it! :)

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