Thursday, 9 October 2014

Easy baby dinner: Creamy butternut squash & tomato pasta

This is a very simple, quick, nutritious and tasty meal to make. The sweetness of the squash and bitterness of the tomatoes combine amazingly well and this is such a delicious creamy treat. As I mentioned in a previous post we eat the same meal for dinner each night as a family so try to be as creative as possible. Baby first tried butternut squash when he was 6 or 7 months but I didn’t start giving him this dish until he was about 12 months. This is a great ‘first food’ meal though as well as a versatile dish for adults. You can also adapt this to your baby’s age/teeth by mashing or chopping up the food further. If you haven’t tried this give it a go. Baby loves it :)

(for 2 adults and one baby/toddler)
300g Fusilli pasta
One butternut squash 
Pomodorino tomatoes or any small tasty variety (couple of handfuls)
100ml single cream
A sprinkle of Cheddar or Parmesan cheese

1. Peel the butternut squash and chop into small squares. Place in a pan of boiling water and boil for 10-15 minutes until soft
2. While the squash is cooking place the pasta in another pan of boiling water and cook according to pasta instructions 
3. In the meantime chop the tomatoes into small slices
4. Once the squash is cooked, drain and mash with a potato masher. Keep on a low heat, add the cream and stir
5. Add t
he tomatoes to the mixture (these should only be on the heat for the last couple of minutes to ensure they don’t get too mushy)
6. Drain the pasta and add to the squash mixture
7. Serve on plate and add a little grated cheese on top
8. Mash/chop for baby if necessary and eat :) 

Side note: I don’t add any salt or pepper to baby’s food but we added a bit of each to the adult portions once on our plate.

Enjoy the meal :)

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