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Les Petits Chefs make Alison Roman’s “pot of pasta” from Nothing Fancy

Kids take home version of Alison Roman's "pot of pasta" from Nothing Fancy on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe had a break from guest chefs in cooking club this week and when I was looking for what to make, my eyes fell on the huge pile of fall cookbooks which have made their way to my desk and living room recently. There are SO many recipes I’ve got bookmarked from so many books but I happened to have Alison Roman’s Nothing Fancy open as I was hearing her speak this week and had been flipping through the book in preparation. Her recipe for Pot of Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Chorizo Bread Crumbs (while it might be a mouthful to say!) looked like a great winter comfort dish and I’m all about teaching the boys to be able to make their own dinner!

There were lots of jobs to keep little hands busy…

Like mincing garlic…

Kids chopping garlic for Alison Roman's "pot of pasta" from Nothing Fancy on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids mincing garlic for Alison Roman's "pot of pasta" from Nothing Fancy on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd chopping broccoli…

Chopping broccoli for Alison Roman's "pot of pasta" from Nothing Fancy on eatlivetravelwrite.com(Couldn’t find broccoli rabe early on a Monday morning so used regular broccoli, cut thinly…)

And toasting breadcrumbs…

Toasting breadcrumbs for Alison Roman's "pot of pasta" from Nothing Fancy on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd grating Parmesan…

Grating cheese for Alison Roman's "pot of pasta" from Nothing Fancy on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe toasted breadcrumbs…

Toasting breadcrumbs for Alison Roman's "pot of pasta" from Nothing Fancy on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd cooked sausage crumbles…

Sausage crumbles for Alison Roman's "pot of pasta" from Nothing Fancy on eatlivetravelwrite.com(We improvised here as well with hot Italian sausages as chorizo nowhere to be found on a snowy Monday morning before school…)

Then it was time to put it all together… We cooked the tomato paste until it turned “brick red” (though the boys decided it was already that colour coming out of the tin LOL!)

Cooking tomato paste and garlic for Alison Roman's "pot of pasta" from Nothing Fancy on eatlivetravelwrite.comThen added the sausage and broccoli…

Cooking broccoli and tomato paste for Alison Roman's "pot of pasta" from Nothing Fancy on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd cooked it until it was “wilted” (though the boys didn’t want “soggy” broccoli so they kept a close eye on it).

Cooking broccoli for Alison Roman's "pot of pasta" from Nothing Fancy on eatlivetravelwrite.comThen we added in the pasta…

Ready to plate up Alison Roman's "pot of pasta" from Nothing Fancy on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe also had a vegetarian version sans sausage…

Vegetarian version of Alison Roman's "pot of pasta" from Nothing Fancy on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd everyone took home an amazing smelling meal..

Kids take home version of Alison Roman's "pot of pasta" from Nothing Fancy on eatlivetravelwrite.comDEFINITELY the type of meal I’d love my child to know how to make if I was a parent – but also very much the type of meal I come up with regularly (as in: “What’s in the fridge/ pantry and what can I make from those ingredients?”). A big old pot of pasta is a great meal to know how to make!

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