Hot Dog Pasta

Emily at the moment is obsessed with sausages, ham, buttered bread, cucumber, sweet potato, roast potatoes, fish fingers, pesto pasta and hunters chicken. Not in that order, but that’s what she loves. So when it comes to trying to open her eyes to new dishes, she turns her nose at it. Even if I have tricked her into eating it, it’s like she thinks she knows I’m trying to trick her. Smart girl.

I tried this dish because Sam weirdly likes hot dogs. I detest them. Smoked sausage, no thanks! Emily has tried hot dogs before and seemed to like it, but it was associated with BBQ sauce, so maybe the smoky sweet flavour was the reason for that. I tried this and she was happy for the first few minutes, before deciding she didn’t like the hot dog but did Like the hidden vegetables sauce. That’s a win!

I made one big batch of this recipe, took 2 cups out for Emily, and added paprika for a sweeter smokier version for Sam’s lunches, covered in cheese. He loved this and I’m sure to make it again.

Preparation: 10 minutes

Cooking: 20 minutes


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tsp garlic granules
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 Frankfurters, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup of chopped spinach
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp red pesto
  • 1 cup pasta sauce
  • 25g medium grated cheddar
  • 2 cups dried pasta


Add butter, garlic, carrots, onions, green pepper, tomatoes, hot dogs and seasoning to a wok and cook for 10 minutes until the vegetables start to soften and the hot dogs start to brown.

Whilst the wok is cooking its ingredients, bring a pot of water to boil and cook pasta until al dente or soft. Drain and set aside.

Add 1 cup pasta sauce to the wok with 1 tbsp pesto, and combine. Add the drained pasta and mix, coating the sauce, veg, dogs and pasta together.

If you’re younger ones don’t like spice, take out their portion now, otherwise add paprika and serve hot or cold with a serving of grated cheddar or mozzarella.

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