Do you call them noodles or pasta?

United States
August 13, 2007 5:39pm CST
My daughter loves macaroni and cheese. But, the bad part is that she just doesn't like the name. So, I have found that if I call it noodles, instead of mac and cheese, then she doesn't mind eating her dinner. In fact everything in the pasta family has to be called noodles, including linguine, lasagna, spagetti and macaroni and cheese. So, what do you call spagetti in your house? Do you call it pasta or noodles? Do you have a special name for your kids mac and cheese dinner that makes them want to eat?
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@wiccania (3362)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I generally call it pasta. Or I call it by the name. I'm more likely to call penne "penne" as opposed to pasta. I do refer to egg noodles as noodles, that's probably the only one I actually call noodles.
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• United States
14 Aug 07
But, she would just think I was trying to make her eat pennies! She's only 3 now and still struggling with her language skills, so I have to keep things super simple at this point. Later maybe, I can fancy up the names.
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@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I call it pasta. When we mix it with butter we call it basta and butter. I think that the pasta comes from my italian grandmother (nana).
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• United States
14 Aug 07
As an adult, I call it pasta too! But, as a mom, I have to call it noodles or she won't eat!
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@cutepenguin (6458)
• Canada
13 Aug 07
We call most things pasta, unless it's just plain noodles without sauce. Then it's noodles.
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@carlaabt (3506)
• United States
14 Aug 07
We usually call it by the proper name. I'm not a big pasta eater, though. My son doesn't seem to like most kinds either. He refuses to eat macaroni and cheese unless it has hot dogs in it. And there are only two kinds of hamburger helper that he will eat. He doesn't like spaghetti, or any other pasta that I can think of. So we just use the proper name for the few kinds of pasta that we serve at our house. He hasn't started deciding he likes or dislikes things based on their names, yet. He still decides solely based on what they taste like.
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• United States
14 Aug 07
Egg noodles are noodles, Ramen noodles are noodles. Coming from an Italian family however, anything that doesn't have noodle actually in the name is a pasta and has it's own proper name. This is the pasta gospel Chapt 1 verse 1, according to my 1/2 Italian Mom and my full blooded Italian grandfather. Any other title is pasta heresy. LOL :D
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@taylorblue (1286)
• Canada
13 Aug 07
That is sooo funny and cute. I think that we call it noodles too. It must be the think to call it as parents.
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@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
14 Aug 07
how cute- She doesn’t like the name Mac-and-cheese- most kids love mac and cheese- I call it pasta at my house- My daughter is 10 so she has no problems with me calling it that- I think I’ve always called it pasta- never noodles- unless it was chicken noodle soup.
@pendragon (3354)
• United States
14 Aug 07
Noodles ,pasta or whatever name the shape of the pasta has,lol, spaghetti, penne,spirals,etc...mostly we just call it dinner.:) glad your daughter has a happy,workable name for it!
• China
14 Aug 07
We call it noodles.
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
14 Aug 07
in my house with 3 young ones we have to call everything noodles too,its so funny if you change the name of the food how your child will eat it.i had this problem with the spagetti rings,in my house we have to call them doras or my kids wont eat them.they do have dora on them,but sometimes i just buy the regular ones and i still have to call them doras.and the plain mac and cheese we have to call spongebobs.they are yellow and my one son likes to call them spongebob.if i say who wants mac and cheese no one answers,but if i say who wants spongebob they all answer.i think its really cute though.i think when they get older they will call the food by its name.
@venshida (4839)
• United States
14 Aug 07
I called it by its name. If it is spaghetti, it is spaghetti . I only called egg noodle noodle.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
14 Aug 07
We call it spaghetti, for all pasta. My son loves spaghetti and meatballs but doesn't like mac and cheese :)
@chileman (969)
• Australia
14 Aug 07
My kids love mac and cheese, actually they like all pasta and noodles so I don't have to change the name.....on the other hand cauliflower and broccoli are a different kettle of fish lol!
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
14 Aug 07
I call them from their name, except for linguine. I call them noodles or egg noodles. I sort of figure that linguine is Italian for noodles. I did not have to worry about my boys not liking macaroni and cheese, they would eat almost anything as long as it was not spicey.