Ask A Teacher: Cooking for Entertainment


How do you deal with the I’m bored… The answer I have is simple, ask your child what they want to learn about. Then make it happen. Our son wants to learn how to cook. This is so exciting for his future wife! I asked him what he would like to cook and since he is four he started naming all the food he likes to eat. I wrote a list down, although I already know what he likes to eat. We then went on this site All Recipes and entered in the ingredients we wanted. His are spinach, bacon, and pasta. He cannot have nuts, so I put nuts in the ingredients to leave out.

He picked the Penne Pasta with spinach and bacon

SUBMITTED BY: Jean TaglierePHOTO BY: Allrecipes

“This is a quick light meal. Wilted spinach, bacon and tomatoes are tossed with penne pasta. Good for any season and will compliment anything.”


  • 1 (12 ounce) package penne pasta

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 bunch fresh spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the penne pasta, and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place bacon in the skillet, and cook until browned and crisp. Add garlic, and cook for about 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, and cook until heated through.

  3. Place the spinach into a colander, and drain the hot pasta over it so it is wilted. Transfer to a large serving bowl, and toss with the remaining olive oil, and the bacon and tomato mixture.

  4. The best part of this educational experience is we cooked dinner together and we learned from one another. He learned how to measure, follow directions, cut (with help), and stir. I learned how to take time engage his interest and create life long memories.

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