Homemade Baby Food: Pasta with Summer Vegetables

AJ started solids almost three months ago and I am really enjoying watching her exploration of food. When Immy was a baby I followed a pretty standard order of food introduction as advised by my Child Health Nurse and many of the baby books but with AJ I have been much more careful about introducing new foods (and I am delaying introducing some foods) as we believe that she may have a small number of food intolerances.

Although she will quite often eat a baby-friendly version of the foods we are enjoying for a meal (in a similar approach to the one Kate described here), there are still occasions where I will cook up a specific dish just for her, either as the meal we are eating is not suitable for her palate or because I am cooking up a batch to freeze in portions for when we will be out and about over mealtimes. This pasta with summer vegetables is packed full of veggies (the peas give it a lovely sweetness) and is super quick and easy to make.

Pasta with Summer Vegetables

You will need:

  • 1 medium potato
  • 1 piece of zucchini (courgette), roughly the same size as the potato
  • 1/3 capsicum (I use yellow capsicum)
  • Dash of extra virgin olive oil or water
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup cooked pasta, I used gluten and wheat free rice pasta

This makes 4-6 serves, depending upon the appetite of your baby.

To make:

1. Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to packet directions.

Homemade baby food_Pasta with Summer Vegetables

2. Grate the potato, zucchini and capsicum.  The KitchenAid Artisan Food Processor made short work of the grating but I have successfully used a hand grater for this recipe as well.

3. Heat frypan over a medium heat and add a dash of oil or water. Add potato, zucchini, capsicum and peas to the pan and saute until soft.

Homemade baby food_Pasta and Summer Vegetables

4. Drain pasta. Transfer all ingredients to food processor or jug suitable for use with a hand mixer and blend until it reaches a consistency palatable to your baby (at nine months of age, AJ can tolerate reasonably-sized soft lumps).

5. Cool and serve. I find AJ will happily eat this dish cold or warmed.

Homemade baby food recipe Pasta with Summer Vegetables

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