We play outside in the cul-de-sac all the time. And you always know when Mrs. Hunt is making her "green pasta" because it smells SO good! Everyone is salivating as they get their mail and chase their kids around the pavement. And of course she is very generous and has shared her recipe. But I have to say it looks like a lot of work so I haven't tried it yet.
Lucky for me Mollie Katzen has a super duper easy recipe for Green Spaghetti.
The big highlight of this recipe was pulling the basil leaves off the stems. This led to some great discussion about which part was the leaf and which part was the stem as well as which part was edible and which was not. If you are a super gardener and happen to grow your own basil that could add a whole layer of fun- harvesting the basil yourself. We are about to plant some basil for future pesto making.
In this version of green pasta (you could use any kind of pasta you want) you throw all the ingredients in the food processor and let it do all the work. We had a little trouble with adding 6 "shakes" of salt since our shaker is kind of fast and Sawyer didn't really get what a shake was. Definately demonstrate this and have them practice in the sink or over a pan so you don't add too much.
And it's another chance for kids to grate the cheese themselves. Grate extra so you can sprinkle it on top. Yummers!