Christmas tree pasta dinner is a fun and simple way to bring the holidays to dinner time. This simple Christmas pasta is super kid friendly and uses just a few ingredients. An easy way to bring Christmas cheer to an average, December weeknight meal, your kids will love how much fun it is. 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.
You know, sometimes a good idea comes out of nowhere and you just roll with it. Even if the idea comes in September and it’s an idea revolving around Christmas.
When I was creating the post for my spooky eyes pasta lunch box for Halloween, I had a pot full of green noodles. I was scooping them onto a plate to give Ryan for dinner because, let’s be honest, most of my boys’ dinners are blog posts deconstructed, and a magical thought came to mind.
Could I turn this into a tree? (because that’s what EVERYONE thinks then they see green spaghetti on a plate, amirite?)
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.
And by, “the process is ridiculously easy” I mean my 3 year old could have made it himself so long as I cooked the pasta for him. Yup, THAT easy.
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!
Then we’re ready to decorate! There’s really no limit to how you can decorate your tree. From a simple snowy version so a decked out on 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.
Here are some of versions of this Christmas Tree Pasta I came up with:
- 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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