From lasagna to macaroni cheese, treat the whole family to a world of healthy pasta dishes with our tasty recipes

These healthy dishes will help you make sure your kids are getting the vegetables they need for a balanced diet.

Chicken, pesto and spinach lasagne

(Serves 6)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Cals: 508/Sat fat: 9g

  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced into strips
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1tbsp tomato purée
  • Pinch sugar
  • 9 sheets quick-cook lasagne
  • 1 x 190g jar green pesto
  • Small handful fresh basil
  • 100g mature Cheddar, grated
  • 40g pine nuts

For the sauce:

  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 450ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1tsp Dijon mustard
  • 50g Parmesan, grated
  • 200g baby spinach

Macaroni cheese with butternut squash and sage

(Serves 6)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Cals: 560/Sat fat: 14g

  • 500g butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 350g macaroni pasta
  • 60g butter
  • 60g plain flour
  • 900ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1/2tsp mustard powder
  • 100g mature Cheddar, grated
  • 100g Parmesan, grated
  • 1tbsp fresh sage
  • Prop styling: Jenny Hodges
  • Food styling: Maud Eden
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