10 minutes is all you need to whip up this delicious carrot and parmesan elbows recipe. It’s perfect to keep on file for busy nights with kids! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Barilla®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Elbows With Carrots And Parmesan

“More kid friendly recipes would be great!” said a friend of mine after I asked what she would like to see more of on my blog.

“I barely have time to cook but I always try to give my kids homemade dishes that are wholesome and tasty.”

I think it’s wonderful that she cares so much about wanting to feed her kids good food because family meals are important in promoting healthy eating habits. And I also think it’s entirely possible to introduce your kids to vegetables in a friendly way that will make them ask for more!

Flower shaped carrots? Even kids can’t say no to a bowl of pasta this cute!

Simple, easy and guaranteed to ease back-to-school stress, you will be able to put dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes!

One of the reasons this meal takes so little time to make is because I’m using Barilla Ready Pasta, an all natural, fully cooked pasta. This means you can skip the step of boiling your pasta!

Instead, you simply knead the pouch, vent it and microwave the pouch for 60 seconds. You can also heat it on a stove top for 2-4 minutes. For this recipe, we are going to heat the pasta in a pan with a little garlic and extra virgin olive oil for about 3 minutes.

Each pouch serves two and contains no preservatives. It’s made with fully cooked “al dente” Barilla pasta, a dash of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.

For the carrots, you can chop them into bite size pieces or use a flower-shaped cutter like I did. I like the cutter option because it makes the dish look so pretty! And with the addition of fresh basil, it almost looks like there’s a garden sprouting from under the elbows.

So, once the garlic and carrots have been cooking in the pan for a couple of minutes is add the pasta, season with salt and pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Divide the pasta among two bowls, top with grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil, and serve!

I wasn’t kidding when I said that this was one speedy recipe!

What if my kids don’t like carrots?

Swap carrots for any other veggie your kids like. This recipe is so versatile that it pairs well with peas, broccoli, mushrooms.

It won’t be hard to make your kids fall for this bowl of pasta 😉

Great for busy professionals too!

I always keep a few pouches of Barilla Ready Pasta in my pantry for days when I finish work late and want to skip ordering food. It saves me money and takes less time to make than waiting for the delivery guy to show up. Plus, homemade food is always so much better!

Buon appetito!

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Barilla Ready Pasta Elbows With Carrots And Parmesan Elbow Pasta (Kid Friendly!)

A kid friendly elbow pasta recipe ready in 4 minutes!

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 minutes
  • Yield: 2 people 1x
  • Category: Noodles
  • Method: Microwaving
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium carrot (chopped into bite size pieces or flowers)
  • 1 pouch Barilla Ready Elbows Pasta
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil (chopped)


  1. In a large pan over medium heat, add extra virgin olive oil and garlic and fry for 1 minute.
  2. Add carrots and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add Barila Ready Pasta Elbows, stir and cook for 2-4 minutes, until pasta is golden and heated through.
  4. Divide the pasta among two bowls and season with salt and pepper. Top with grated parmesan and basil and serve.

Keywords: pasta, main, quick

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