These days, dinner has to be a lot of things: quick and easy to make, relatively healthy, and very kid-friendly.  Our boys are downright picky, and it is truly a challenge to find something they’re willing to eat at dinner that isn’t yogurt or from the freezer.

I took on the Mueller’s “Tastes Like Home” Pasta challenge to create a home cooked “home-y” meal, and tried to think of a dish using the ingredients my picky eaters actually will eat (noodles, cheese) in combination with what works for me (something quick and delicious!) I’m not a chef by any stretch of the imagination, and really love meals that require minimal prep work and clean up (who has time for that anyway?)  What I love about this One Pot Pasta dish is that you can modify it however you’d like very easily to fit your family’s likes – from adding to meat or sausage to fresh tomatoes or shallots – it really is a great canvas to work with.

And the best part?  You can register to win a $250 VISA gift card just by visiting Mueller’s Facebook Recipe Contest Sweepstakes and “liking” the Charlotte Moms Blog One Pot Pasta For the Pickiest Eaters recipe.  You can enter EVERY DAY through Friday, January 31st.  The winner will be selected on Monday, February 3rd.

Happy cooking!


One Pot Pasta For the Pickiest Eaters

Prep Time: 5 – 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serves 4 – 6


– 1 box Mueller’s Thin Spaghetti

– 2 8 ounce cans of tomato sauce

– 2 tablespoons dried minced onion

– 4 garlic cloves sliced thin

– 2 teaspoons dried oregano

– 4 teaspoons dried basil

– 4 ½ cups stock of your choosing

– Drizzle of olive oil

– Cheese for topping (mine prefer shredded Mozzarella, easier for their little fingers to grab)


– Start by putting your noodles, tomato sauce, minced onion, garlic, oregano and basil into a stock pot.

– Add stock, drizzle olive oil on top, cover and bring to a boil.

– Reduce heat, and keep it covered, stirring occasionally.

– Cook until the liquid has reduced down to about an inch (usually about 10 minutes or so).

– Add cheese and serve.