Pasta probably is a regular food in the house. And you can introduce this with your baby when he/she is 7 months and up. Pasta can be finger food for your baby. It is a complete meal with carbohydrate needed for your baby’s development.
There are different ways to serve you baby pasta. You can have pureed pasta for 5 months baby (those who are still early in transitioning) or you can serve the regular pasta, with pasta puree or just a plain one. Make sure if your baby have allergies to wheat. If you have a family history of allergies, then ask your pediatrician about substitutes. Rice pasta can be a good alternative for a gluten-free diet.
For this meal, you can have it for the whole family and share with your baby. For a whole serving, you will need the following: red or white onion (small), garlic, flour, zucchini (small), carrot (medium- sized), milk, grated cheese, either fresh tuna or canned one in oil, and pasta shells (It’s size is just right).
You can also substitute tuna here with chicken or other meat. But if this is your baby’s first venture to the pasta world, we suggest to start it with this easy digestible ingredient. You can alternate later on for a variety of taste.
Ingredient Selection Tips
- Choose the medium sized ones for carrots, onions and zucchini. I like the small to medium sized ones because it is much tastier and easier to cook.
- Tuna comes in light pink or dark red meat. Depending on the variety and the parts you choose the meat, the color changes. Fresh tuna is already skinned and you can choose the parts you will use. We suggest taking the tuna steak or the one being used for sashimi. Avoid those brown spots and smell it. And better choose the fresh one especially if it is in season (usually during early spring and fall). Best use while it is still fresh.
- Choose carrots with no “baby hairs” to know it is still fresh. Select the firm one and make sure it is organic.
- For onions, choose the one with light shiny skin covering. Look at the center of the bulb, and it should not have any dark rings around it.
- Zucchini or Summer Squash is available during summer (May to August thus the name it got!) – though most grocery stores now also have them all year round. Choose medium-sized ones with deep green color.
|Preparation Time||10 minutes|
|Total Time||30 minutes|
Bon appétit for your baby!