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Kids Cooking Channel Video – Easy Pasta Puttanesca Recipe

by Jeanette on July 9, 2012 · 26 Comments
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Today we are featuring our second Kids Cooking Video – Making Pasta Puttanesca, this time introducing one of my twin boys, Jeffrey. His twin brother, Kyle, makes a cameo appearance, and is the producer of the videos on the Kids Cooking Channel on Jeanette’s Healthy Living.

Take it away Jeffrey!



Hi, I’m Jeffrey and I’m 17 years old. This summer, I’m a camp counselor at Bobby Valentine’s Baseball Camp. I’m also a pitcher and center fielder on a 17U summer baseball team. Baseball is a big part of my life – I play in the fall, train during the winter, and play on my high school team.

I’m not a cook at all, so when the opportunity came up to produce a video of me making Pasta Puttanesca for my mom’s blog, I took up the challenge. Pasta Puttanesca is one of my twin brother’s (Kyle) favorite meals. This was the first time I’ve ever made it and my brothers were surprised it came out so good. Thanks to Kyle for prepping all the ingredients.

Check out our first video where my little brother, Alex, made Berry Popsicles for a friend with cancer.

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Easy Pasta Puttanesca
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Serves: 6
  • 1 pound box whole grain pasta or gluten-free pasta
Puttanesca Sauce
  • 2 boxes (26 ounces each) chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup capers, drained
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 8 anchovy fillets, coarsely chopped (leave out for vegan version)
  • ½ cup chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
Puttanesca Sauce
  1. Combine tomatoes and olive oil in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and add remaining ingredients; stir well to combine and cook on medium-low to medium heat until thickened, about 15 minutes.
  2. Serve over hot pasta and garnish with additional chopped parsley.

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  1. LOVE the kids Channel! We are big fans of Puttanesca. :)

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Sommer! This Puttanesca Sauce is one of my kids’ favorites so I really wanted them to learn how to make it themselves.

  2. how fun! I am going to have to make this!

  3. So cute, how wonderful that he’s taking an interest in cooking. Thumbs up!

  4. Love these videos! And a wonderful recipe.

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Alison, Carolyn and Shaina – hoping to spark some cooking interest in my boys! Can’t wait until they can make me a whole meal.

  5. I love that he has never even made it before and just went for it! Your boys are awesome Jeanette!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Alyssa – I was really surprised Jeffrey stepped up to do this. It’s great – now he has one recipe he can make.

  6. Jeanette, your kids are headed straight for the Food Network! Seems like they are all naturals, in front of, or behind, the camera.

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Ha ha Lydia – wish you could have seen us filming this segment. It was quite comical since it was Jeffrey’s first time cooking.

  7. I love it, great job Jeffrey!

  8. What a lovely video. He did a really good job! Bravo! And I love the duck at the end….hehehe…

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Amy…I have a feeling the duck (named Steve Jobs by my youngest son) will be making a lot of appearances in these kid videos.

  9. Awww cute video!!! Pasta puttanesca is one of my favorites. It’s always so tasty and yet so easy to throw together!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Joanne – the boys did a nice job and learned how to make one of their favorite pasta sauces, a big plus. So glad they now know how to make this dish…hoping they keep this up so they’ll have a repertoire of recipes before they take off for college.

  10. You guys did a GREAT job!!! Jeffrey — fantastic job cooking in front of the camera, and Kyle — awesome job producing (and taste-testing!). Wish I could grab a bowl and dig in. :)

  11. What a fabulous job and brilliant idea for a feature!! We need more kids cooking videos to inspire youth (and all of us) to get more involved in the cooking process. The more empowered we are, the more likely we are to make healthy choices. Thank you Jeffrey! :)

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Kelly – if my kids can cook, anyone can. My son, Jeffrey, had never cooked before making this video (can you tell by his shifting eyes throughout the videos looking for cues ;). Seriously, if Jeffrey can make Pasta Puttanesca, anyone can. Kyle prepped all the ingredients, and with practice, his knife skills are improving.

  12. ahhhh your sons are adorable!!!! hahaha who was the duck at the end of the video? awww jeanette, what a joy to be a mom!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Junia – my youngest son named the duck in the video Steve Jobs. He really admired him and has a special place in his heart for people with cancer. I have a feeling that Steve Jobs, the duck, will be making future appearances in Alex’s videos, so stay tuned ;).

  13. What a great idea. A series of videos of kids cooking is an awesome idea to get more kids cooking and in turn get people off of processed foods. I can’t tell you how many times I read or hear of people who are 20 years old who have never eating anything homemade. Then they head out on their own only to be armed with the skills to microwave a dinner. Teaching our kids to cook is one of the most important life skills we can give them. Thank you Jeanette for everything you do.

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks France – it’s a fun way to keep my kids busy this summer while teaching them to cook. Now that I have one son in college, I really want all my boys to know how to make a few healthy meals.

  14. the boys did such a great job! love your kids series, can’t wait to see what are your boys going to cook next!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Roxana – I’ll pass along your comments. It’s a lot of fun watching the kids learn to cook – it definitely has been helping them feel more confident in the kitchen, which is a big plus for me. Looking forward to the day when they can make dinner for me all by themselves.

  15. Jeanette, This is the kind of recipe that makes me want to get right into the kitchen! I hope you’ll consider contributing this recipe (or another pasta recipe) to this month’s Shine Supper Club. We’d love to have you!

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