Tri-Color Rotini With Shrimp, Zucchini, and Prosciutto: Food Your Kids Can Play With

Tri-color rotini with shrimp, zucchini, and prosciutto
Tri-color rotini with shrimp, zucchini, and prosciutto | Source
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Whenever it comes to deciding on a quick recipe to make for dinner, the solution is usually a pasta dish. In this case, I basically conducted one of my infamous pantry raids. There was already frozen shrimp in the house and the tri-color rotini. I was waiting for the perfect time to use this colorful pasta to feeds my kids' eyes before their stomach. And it worked. Read to the bottom to find out great ways to encourage your kids to play with their food. You can also use the same ideas in a classroom setting. Of course the activities should be done with dry pasta in a school setting due to students who may have food allergies.

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Ingredients

  • Box of tri-Color Rotini
  • Handful salt for water
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 TBS butter
  • 2 cups shrimp
  • 8 baby zucchini or 4 medium zucchini
  • 2 slices prosciutto
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 8 oz. chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • Salt and pepper taste

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Directions for Pasta

  1. Bring 4-6 quarts of water to a boil
  2. Salt the water (notice I use a handful)
  3. Add pasta
  4. (You will start the pasta sauce at this point)
  5. Boil for 7 minutes
  6. Drain in colander
  7. Add pasta back to the pot
  8. Add some olive oil to keep pasta from sticking together

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Directions for Sauce

  1. Thaw shrimp in colander if you are using frozen shrimp
  2. Peel shell from shrimp and de-vein unless they were brought this way
  3. Melt olive oil and butter over high heat
  4. Cut zucchini into thin rounds
  5. Saute zucchini until browned on both sides
  6. Cut prosciutto into small chunks and add to saute pan
  7. Add garlic and onion powders and stir to evenly distribute
  8. Add stock and white wine
  9. Let simmer two minutes
  10. Add shrimp and cook for additional 3-4 minutes, just until shrimp start turning pink
  11. Add the sauce to the pasta and stir to incorporate well. The shrimp will continue cooking some and will be perfect when served.
  12. Add salt and pepper to taste

Did You Know?

Zucchini is a great source of Vitamin C. For 3/4 cups, you get 25% of your daily value.

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Notes

  • If you notice your zucchini is sticking too much, you can add some salt to get some water to release from them and make them easier to move around and finish cooking.
  • You can skip the white wine and substitute something acidic like caper berries and juice.
  • If you only eat fish as meat, you can leave out the prosciutto.
  • Save those shells from the shrimp! They can be used as the base for a seafood stock or bisque. I put mine in a plastic bag in the freezer until I have a use for them.
  • Be careful with the wine: it is flammable. So try to keep the pan away from the flame while you pour it in.

Tri-Color Rotini

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 oz
Calories 200
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 42 g14%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Pasta Variations

Consider changing the type of pasta to play with shapes and color. If you want to create more colors or specific colors, try making your own pasta. This will allow you to control what goes into your pasta and create colors without additives or artificial coloring and dyes.

Zucchini Nutrition Facts

 
Amount/Serving
% DV
Serving Size
3/4 cup
 
Calories
15
 
Fat
0g
0%
Unsaturated Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
0g
0%
Sodium
5mg
0%
Carbohydrates
3g
1%
Fiber
1g
4%
Sugar
2g
 
Protein
1g
 

Swap Veggies

Just like changing the pasta can add variety with shapes and colors, the same can be done with trying different vegetables. You can even create themes. For example, you can combine different squashes to get a variety of colors.

Shrimp Nutrition Facts

 
Amount/Serving
% DV
Serving Size
3-4 shrimp
 
Calories
80
 
Fat
0g
0%
Unsaturated Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
165mg
55%
Sodium
190mg
8%
Carbohydrates
0g
0%
Fiber
0g
0%
Sugar
0g
 
Protein
18g
 
  1. Have the kids help from the beginning. Depending on age, they can can help add pasta to the water by using a measuring cup. They can then compare the amount of pasta in the measuring cup with the listed amount on the box. Challenge: If the amount is different, ask the kids what would account for it.
  2. Give your child one color of each pasta (orange, white, and green). Ask them to say the colors of the pasta. Challenge: Ask your child to name something that is the same color.
  3. Ask the kids why the pasta is three different colors. Remember to not ignore any responses they may give and encourage variety. Challenge: Ask your kids to find an image of the Italian flag and compare it to the color of the pasta. The adult can also print out a picture of the flag in advance and ask the kids to match one piece of pasta with the colors on the flag. Super Challenge: Older kids may notice that the pasta is more orange than red. Ask them why this would be. You can teach them about food coloring. You can even use this opportunity to teach about color blending and use paints to show how different amounts of red and yellow make orange.

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About the Author

Stephanie Bradberry Crosby is first and foremost an educator and life-long learner. Her present work is as an herbalist, naturopath, and Reiki Master. She spent over a decade as a professor of English, Literature, and Education and high school English teacher. She is a doctoral candidate in Education: Curriculum and Teaching. She runs her own home-based business, Naturally Fit & Well, LLC, which includes her all-natural, handmade, and customizable product line, Natural Herbal Blends. Stephanie loves being a freelance writer and editor on the side. One of her favorite past times is whipping up recipes.

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Ramsaday 22 months ago

My husband never tried a cehuseberger until after we were married. Granted we married at 18 so there were many things we hadn't tried yet. Anyway, this looks so yummy. Stopping by from NFFRiday. and I am your newest follower. If you have a minute stop by my blog. Have a wonderful Mother's Day.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi Redberry Sky. Thanks. My kids really enjoyed eating this one. But at times they seemed more interested in the shrimp, and that all went first. however the shrimp was a close tie with the zucchini for my son. Then they picked at their favorite color of pasta. But the point is they ate :) When they are older I will be able to play all these games with them. For now, they can appreciate the colors. You made me laugh so hard when you said your housemate will remain entertained with these ideas. It was a laugh I needed today. Thanks again.


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Redberry Sky 4 years ago

Gorgeous recipe - I *love* shrimp, though I won't skip the white wine in mine! :) Love the ideas you give to get kids interested in food and cooking too. I don't have kids, but it'll keep my housemate from getting bored while he's helping me in the kitchen :)


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello billybuc, thanks for the compliment. I always have to consider what to include pictures of. If there are too many it can make the formatting look awkward. And the pasta was good. Oh, that reminds me: I forgot to post the picture of my kids' portion. Thanks billybuc: I guess I have to update my hub.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

The pictures are great and the recipe sounds divine! Great job!

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