Source: Parents Magazine


Credit: Christopher Testani

Recipe Summary



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  • Add 8 oz. farfalle pasta (tricolor is fun if you can find it), 1 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth, and 1 cup water to a large, deep skillet and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until nearly all the broth has been absorbed and the pasta is tender, 10 to 11 minutes. Stir in 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (such as peas, corn, and fava beans), 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, and 2 Tbs. olive oil. Let cool. When ready to pack the lunch, cut a slice of Colby cheese into squares and add to each portion.


Make a Pasta Butterfly!

Start with a thin 1-in.-long slice of cheese, then cut it halfway down the center to create the antennae. Place in the center of a farfalle and decorate the "wings" with peas.


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Nutrition Facts

471 calories; fat 20g; saturated fat 8g; carbohydrates 54g; insoluble fiber 3g; sugars 5g; protein 19g; sodium 403mg; calcium 309mg; iron 2mg.