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Ciao a tutti! I would love to share the recipe for one of my children’s favorite Italian meals: Tortiglioni Al Ragu. This is the “kiddie version” of this popular Italian dish. Leon and Lucas are both under the age of three, so I used the mini tortiglioni called “Barilla Piccolini Tortiglioni“. I also used a store-bought sauce called Barilla Ragu alla Bolognese. Check out this recipe by Donna Moderna if you prefer to make your sauce from scratch. A typical Ragu alla Bolognese sauce is made with beef, sweet pork belly, meat broth, tomato paste, onion, carrots, and celery stalk.

barilla piccolini (mini tortiglioni)
Barilla favorites: Mini Tortiglioni and Ragu alla Bolognese sauce

I added minced carrots to the sauce to make the recipe healthier for my little toddlers:

minced carrots

Tortiglioni Al Ragu


  • 2 cups of Piccolini Tortiglioni
  • 1 jar of Barilla Ragu Alla Bolognese
  • Salt
  • Minced carrots
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Grated Parmigiano Cheese


  1. Boil water in a big pot and add a lot of salt.
  2. Once the water starts boiling, add the pasta.
  3. After 6-7 minutes or when the pasta is al dente, remove the pot from the stove.
  4. Drain the pasta and set it aside, but leave one cup of pasta water for later.
  5. Pour the sauce into the pot, add the minced carrots, a spoonful of olive oil, and the pasta water.
  6. Mix the sauce. Let it cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  7. Season your pasta with the sauce.
  8. Finally, add grated Parmigiano cheese if desired.

I hope your family will enjoy this meal together!

Buon appetito!

tortiglioni al ragu

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Hannah Carmela is the creator of Bellissimamma. She is a mama with a mission: to uplift, empower, and validate women by sharing her stories of self-love and joyful motherhood.


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  1. Ciao Carmela! Just when I think I’ve seen them all…I discover a new pasta shape! I’m sure Tortiglioni are fun for bambini or adults alike! I loooove carrots, so that’s a great addition! There’s nothing like the comfort of a good ragù. 😉 Thanks for sharing your recipe with #DolceVitaBloggers! 😉

    1. Thank you, Kelly! Pasta shapes are so much fun. Thanks for the comment, it means a lot coming from you. 🙂

  2. This looks delicious and we love that you have done a kiddie version using smaller pasta shapes! That’s such a good idea!!! 🙂

    Lucy and Kelly xx

    1. Aww thank you, Lucy and Kelly! My kids also like the little star pasta and the mini macaroni! 🙂

  3. Ciao Carmela! I love tortiglioni, but never knew there was a mini-version. This must be so fun to eat for the little ones. I love reading your blog!

    1. Thank you Giovanna! Yes the little pastini are so so cute. 🙂 I enjoy reading your blog as well!

  4. My kids still love all the different shapes and sizes of pasta, such great fun. Thanks for sharing Carmela 🙂

    1. Yes, pasta is so much fun, even for me! Thanks Lorelle.

  5. This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing. Perfect comfort food!

    1. Grazie mille, Kathrine!

  6. I didn’t know about this mini-version either. Tortiglioni Al Ragu is one of our house staples, I mean it’s always good, anytime, and it’s so easy to make! Also, thank you for including a nice Pinterest-table graphic, can’t say enough how comfy those are and how much better they look on Pinterest!


    1. Aww…grazie mille, Jasmine! Yes, I love making pins for ze blog to make my posts easier to share and save.

  7. Delicious! You’re such a mamma, adding veg as well! I do this. I chuck baby spinach into everything! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Kristie! Yes, just doing what mammas do! Lol! 🙂

  8. Looks delicious! Will definitely try this. Love that added carrots!

    1. Thank you, Cindy!

  9. This looks so delicious, my husband and kids will enjoy this kind of dish. I am gonna be trying your recipe.

    1. Thank you, Anna!

  10. Definitely looks kid friendly! My boys love spaghetti and other pasta dishes!

    1. Thank you Sarah!

  11. Mmm this looks yummy yummy, thank you for sharing a complete receipt.

    1. Thank you, Ala! 🙂

  12. Wonderful, I love Tortiglioni! Thanks for your recipe suggestion, I’m always on the lookout for new pasta dishes to try!

    1. Thank you, Rochelle!

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