As well as making a family meal, this recipe requires a couple of key skills that will help younger children become more confident cooks. COOKING PASTA: Pasta has become such a staple part of the family diet that it’s really useful for children to know how to cook it. It’s one of the first lessons of everyday cooking and the sooner they understand it, the better. IDENTIFYING HERBS/INGREDIENTS: Every time you cook with an aromatic ingredient, encourage your child to smell or taste it and repeat the name of the ingredient. this can start from a very early age, before they actually start cooking properly. It’s such a little thing, but it helps children to feel comfortable around food and excited about trying new ingredients.