Junior Noodler

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I’m pretty sure there’s a box of spaghetti in the pantry that’s been there for a year or two. Same goes for whatever other dried pasta is in there. I almost never cook it. Yet, since I started making fresh pasta, we’ve gone through THAT at an astonishing pace. It’s not even the same kind of food, somehow. (“Somehow” probably = eggs.) I’ll make a batch or two of noodles, freeze them, and then they’re gone before I know it.

I let M help make spaghetti today. I’ve always made pasta while she’s distracted by something else — when I make macaroni noodles, for example, it always feels just a little stressful, making sure to cut them at the right point and then trying to stop them all sticking together. And forget about letting a child near a motorized pasta ROLLER. It makes me a little light-headed just to think of tiny fingers near that thing. But the extruder is safe enough, with adult supervision, and the spaghetti always comes out perfectly.

M was so excited to help! She had some real flair when it came to pitching the dough balls into the hopper — for some reason, I’d just been dropping them in, like a boring person. And watching the noodles come out is good entertainment if you’re two and a half. (Or, let’s be honest, if you’re a grown adult.) We wound up with plenty of spaghetti for the freezer, and I cooked some up — with pesto and broccoli — for our dinner. She loves those noodles!

2 thoughts on “Junior Noodler

  1. she’s a clever girl to help with a project like that at such a tender age,,wonderful for her to experience how her food is made,, she’s a lucky girl to have such a great Mom!
    I always felt kids would eat a more varied diet if you let them get to know their food,, worked for ours lol,,
    I cannot believe how long her hair is,, she is really growing up,,

    1. It seems like such a natural interest for young, kids, too. Hopefully if she gets involved now, she’ll stay interested as she gets older and can help out more and more!

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