Tomato and Cheese Sauce with Pasta

At about 7 months babies need to start using the muscles that help them to chew and speak. Eating tiny, soft pieces of pasta helps them to do this – making pasta an ideal food for this age group.

Recipe courtesy of "Organic: Baby and Toddler Cookbook" by Lizzie Vann, copyright 2006. Used by permission of Dorling Kindersley Limited. All rights reserved.

Tomato and Cheese Sauce with Pasta

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    Ingredients

    1 tsp olive oil 4 fl oz (125 ml) sieved tinned tomatoes or passata
    1/2 small onion, finely chopped 2 tbsp water
    1small carrot, peeled and finely chopped 2 tsp grated cheddar cheese
    1 very small pinch ground parsley 1 tbsp small pasta shapes (stars, alphabets, etc.)

    directions

    Prep: 15 min Total: 45 min
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    • 1

      Heat the oil in a small pan over medium heat. Lightly fry the onion and carrot until soft, about 5 minutes. Set aside half of the mixture.

    • 2

      Add the parsley, bay leaf, tomatoes or passata and water. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Remove from the heat, add the cheese and stir well.

    • 3

      In a separate pan, cook the pasta according to the directions on the packet and drain well.

    • 4

      Remove the bay leaf, then puree or roughly mash the tomato and cheese mixture. Add the drained pasta and reserved vegetable mixture and mix well.

    • 5

      Add extra water if a thinner consistency is preferred.

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