Simple Weaning Tomato Pasta Recipe

Baby weaning for us hasn’t been too difficult. I’m lucky enough to have a baby who is not fussy about food in any way. I’m still trying to find something he doesn’t like, but he seems to want everything.

Which is awesome and has weaning so much easier.

I started with puree’s and he loved those, then speaking to my sister, she suggested adding texture such as rice, pasta or cous cous of sorts to get him used to it. Also, if I could, just give him really soft veg to chew on and see how he does.

He even ate fresh lemon once and didn’t even flinch! He gets that from me as I love fresh lemon too.

I also think it is because my partner and I are not really fussy about food and tend to eat or at least try everything.

However it is getting to the point where if you are feeding him and you bring our own plate of food in, he doesn’t want what he’s eating anymore, he wants stuff from our plate. Which is totally fine. I am happy to give him whatever he wants from our plate and he loves it.

Anyway, this post is a recipe I came up with which is so simple. My little one loves it and pretty much eats almost all of it in one sitting. Some of your little ones may not like it, please remember every baby is different and at different stages of their food journey, I am merely posting an idea which can happily be adapted to suit what your baby likes.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup small pasta shells
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs
  • 2/3 cup saved pasta water (maybe a bit more if you want it more watery)

Method: (Time it takes to cook, 15 minutes – I haven’t added cooling time, so make in advance when baby isn’t screaming for food!)

  1. Boil water and chuck the pasta in. Cook according to packet instructions (maybe a minute more) until soft enough for those gummy mouths. Don’t forget to SAVE PASTA WATER!
  2. I use the same pan after the pasta is cooked, adding the tomato puree, garlic granules, Italian herbs and pasta water and cooking it a bit. (Note: I happened to have roasted butternut squash in the fridge so I smushed some of that in there, if you have any sweet potato, or perhaps a pinch of sweetcorn or peas would add some other flavours)
  3. Chuck in the pasta shells and coat. Then take off the heat to cool until at the temperature where you can put the pasta on your lip and it’s warm (or just let them eat it cold, whichever you prefer.)
  4. Hope the bubbas like it!

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