If there is one thing I know after 17 years of parenting it is that kids are typically hangry after a hard day at school!
For as far back as I can remember we have had a self service snack station in our pantry for afternoon noshing. Grab n’ go granola bars, apple sauce packets, chips, and fruit snacks – they’re all favorites with my kids, but they don’t fill them up enough so they wind up eating more than I would like for them too. Which not only sets them up for not being hungry for dinner, it’s also super expensive to buy convenience snacks like those. Don’t even get me started on the sugar crash that is often associated with those goodies either!
So, a few weeks ago I decided to swap it up and see what would happen if I added a new, homemade grab ‘n go snack option to the mix. Say hello to my Easy Gluten Free Pasta Snack Jars!
I mean, what’s not to love? I’ve never met anyone that says no to spaghetti, especially not my kids! So, I made a stash of these babies big batch style to stock the fridge, told my kid’s all about them and how to heat them up, and then I waited…… I’m happy to report that it didn’t take long to see that these little jars were a HUGE hit! They have the perfect portion of sauce, pasta, & cheese to comfortably fill my kid’s bellies without ruining their dinner. ( Plus, no sugar crash later either!)
Let’s talk about how I layered these Easy Gluten Free Pasta Snack Jars shall we?
The jars || Honestly, any small jar or meal prep container will work for this. I chose these small 11-ounce Le Parfait Jam Pot’s because I liked the snap on lid design for Kash. However, if I was using these jars for anything else outside of him accessing their contents for a snack I would prefer to use metal twist on lids. They’re just more secure!
The sauce || You can literally use ANY sauce your heart desires in these easy gluten free pasta snack jars – in the images I just used plain old jarred pasta sauce. But, I have since made versions of these with my easy 5-ingredient marinara and with pesto and both were BIG hits too!!
The cheese || Again, you can literally use ANY cheese your heart desires here. I like to use small bocconcini which is just itty biity mozzarella balls because they’re super delicious and fun to eat, but hey, if you want mozzarella shreds or goat cheese crumbles or vegan parm, you do you!
The pasta || I know what you’re thinking – you’re thinking surely these can’t be gluten free because leftover gluten free pasta is typically anything but delicious. I HEAR YOU!!! This gluten free pasta however my friend is from Pamela’s and it is the only brand of gluten free pasta that I have found can be cooled after cooking and it will keep its soft texture without drying out. Which means you can say “Yes!” to cold pasta salads and reheating your favorite noodles without fear!
Kash loves these pasta snacking jars both hot or cold and I have to admit it’s super cool to see him stop by the fridge to check if these are waiting on him before he heads to the “grab n go” snack station!
Here’s how he heats the jars up || Pour the contents of the jars into a small bowl, give it a big stir, and microwave in 15-20 second intervals, stirring in between each cook time, until warmed through.
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Easy Gluten Free Pasta Snack Jars
Mix and match these pasta jars by using your favorite pasta shapes, sauces, and cheeses. Add meat, add veggies…add dried herbs..add whatever your little one’s heart desires!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: about 5 jars 1x
- Category: lunch/snacks
- Method: stovetop
- Cuisine: italian