Christmas tree pasta is a fun and simple way to bring the holidays to dinner time. This simple holiday pasta is super kid friendly and uses just a few ingredients.Add some extra veggies by using hidden veggie pesto sauce or just use butter for a simple version everyone will adore.
This post was originally posted on December 3, 2016 and has since been updated.
When I was creating the post for my spooky eyes pasta lunch box for Halloween, I had a pot full of green noodles.
Introducing: Christmas Tree Spaghetti!
Like any good blogger, I thought – could I turn this into a tree?
Thankfully, I had a few ingredients in my fridge that I thought might work to create one, so I went for it.
And OH MY GOODNESS you guys – it’s the cutest darn tree I ever did see.
The process is ridiculously easy, which we all know is VITAL for the busy holiday season.
How to make Christmas tree pasta
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First, you’re going to cook up some spaghetti, toss it into a bag and shake it with some food coloring. Just like we did with my favorite Chicken Boo-dle Soup. This is a really fun task for kids to take over!
If you want, you can add some pesto right about now – my hidden veggie pesto sauce would be perfect!
Decorating your Christmas Pasta:
Then we’re ready to decorate! There’s really no limit to how you can decorate your tree.
From a simple snowy version to a decked out one with string cheese garland, the options are endless. I think it would be super fun to make a “tree trimming” party and serve the toppings in different bowls and let kids go crazy.
I would recommend shaping the pasta into a triangle for them, especially if you have littles.
How to make these decorations
- Plain tree with ornaments and a star. Add a handful to a plate and shape into a triangle. Cut a star out of the bell pepper using a small star-shaped cutter. Add halved grape tomatoes throughout the ‘tree’ to create ‘lights’. (You could use multi-colored tomatoes, but I only had red and like the red/green combo.) Add cheese chunk as tree stem.
- Tree with Garland. Kick it up a notch by peeling sections of the string cheese and draping across the tree like garland.
- White Christmas. Make it a winter wonderland by adding grated Parmesan cheese to the bottom and a little over the top of the tree. (My boys liked this best because, cheese.)
See? I told you. Easy peasy. I can’t imagine you’ll find another Christmas themed dinner that will be this fun or this easy. You kids will request it every year! I think it would be so fun as a Christmas Eve tradition.
Christmas Tree Pasta Dinner
Not only is this fun holiday dinner fun, it’s super easy! Make it a family affair by serving it family style with the decorations in separate bowls and letting kids “decorate” their trees themselves!
Christmas Tree Pasta Dinner
- 1 lb of spaghetti I used spinach pasta since my boys would never know the difference.
- Green food coloring
- Grape tomatoes
- Yellow bell pepper
- Slice of yellow cheese I cut a chunk for a block of yellow cheddar
- String cheese
- Grated cheese
Boil spaghetti until just barely al dente before draining and running under cool water.
Drain well and toss into a zip top bag with about 20 drops of green food coloring diluted in about a teaspoon of water before shaking until the color is fully dispersed.
If using, add pesto.
Scoop onto a plate and arrange in a large triangle shape.
Add a rectangle of cheese as a trunk, and position halved tomatoes throughout your tree as ornaments.
Slice a cheese stick into thin lengths and adorn tree as garland.
Cut a chunk of bell pepper with a star cookie cutter and add on top of the tree.
Sprinkle with grated Parmesan as snow.
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Okay, so tell me – which version do you like best? When do you start thinking about Christmas? Let me know in the comments!
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