Family meal in a restaurant is a fiercely guarded privilege. You simply can't ask people to come in and work like crazy dogs for 10 hours and not give them a decent meal to start off with.
I feel very strongly that if you are going to offer the meal it needs to be decent. It doesn't have to be fancy but it has to be solid and it should be made with as much love as everything else you do. It also needs to be cheap and inevitably it's a great way to use up fish or meat trimmings, things you are trying to get rid of. With pasta this is easy and one of my favorite things to do is to make a pasta stew with beans and greens and either fish or meat trimmings and some sort of small pasta shape that gets cooked in the broth. This makes quite a thick stew as the starch released into the liquid thickens the broth, much like a risotto. If you prefer the dish a little bit soupier add some broth or salted water at the end to thin it. I like it porridge-style myself, with a little grated grana and extra virgin olive oil over the top.
• ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
• ¼ cup finely chopped pancetta, bacon, or guanciale
• 1 cup scraps of fresh pork cut into ¼-inch pieces
• 1 clove garlic minced
• 1 small onion finely chopped
• 1 small dried chili
• 4 cups broth or water
• 1 cup cooked white beans or chickpeas
• 1.5 cups dried pasta (7 ounces of small ditalini-type)
• 1.5 cups thin sliced greens such as Swiss chard or mustard greens
• ¼ cup grated grana padano (optional)
• salt and pepper to taste