Spinach and mushroom pasta sauce

Pasta is perhaps the most easiest of things to feed your little one but really it is all down tot he sauce you mix the pasta in to feed them.

I will be honest I have never made pasta sauce ever in my life for myself or anyone until Soraiya was born and here I was making pasta sauce from scratch just for her.

Not gonna lie, one of the best things I ever did because the recipe’s I came across meant that the pasta sauces were super tasty. Alhumdulilah she enjoyed them.

This was the 2nd pasta sauce I ever made and it really is tasty. It is creamy and is a great way to introduce baby to a different taste, smell and texture. Plus I never thought I would feed Soraiya mushrooms and mushrooms have nutritional benefits such as protein and fibre but also B vitamins and an antioxidant called Selenium.

Suitable from 6 months onwards
Portion: 6Prep time: 12 minCooking time: 20 – 30 min

Ingredients:

10 grams of butter (unsalted for under 1)
1 small onion, cut finely
4 chestnut mushrooms, washed thoroughly and cut finely
1 tbsp full fat milk or a dairy alternative
1 garlic clove, crushed
2-3 tbsp of plain flour
1/2 teaspoon of dried or fresh thyme
250 ml of milk
a handful of cheese: cheddar, mozzarella or Parmesan
a large handful of baby spinach, chopped finely

Method:

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion, cover with a lid and saute for 8 minutes or until softened.
  2. Add the mushrooms and fry for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and fry for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the flour and then add the milk, stirring until thickened. NOTE: if it dries out then add more milk and flour to balance it out.
  5. Add the thyme, cheese and spinach and stir until wilted.

Which kind of pasta to use?

For babies from 7 months plus, it is advisable to feed them small pasta shells. Boots do their brand of these small pasta shells and you can buy from Ocado a baby pasta shells by Annabel Karmel

Please note: always be with your baby when you feed them food, this is the case pasta to ensure that baby is safe to avoid any choking.

As baby gets to 1 years old, offering baby normal pasta such as penne and fuisilli is fine. During the boiling process I always over boil as I like the pasta really soft so its is easy for Soraiya to eat. And this means I feel assured she can eat them with ease

Can be frozen

What is great about this is you can batch cook a large amount and freeze for future use. Simply take out to defrost at room temperature 3 hours before meal time. Microwave and mix in with cooled, boiled pasta and voila. Lunch/dinner is served

Happy cooking

Yours Always,
The Soul Tamer x

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