Saturday, 21 July 2012

Red Pepper and Tomato Pasta - Healthy Baby Recipes

I try to eat vegetarian once or twice a week, the thought of vegetarian puts a few people off, I guess that English meat and two veg necessity is hard to shake. When I want to eat vegetarian I look to Italy for inspiration. I love Italy and Italians love their vegetables.. One of my favourite dishes to cook is a Red Pepper and Tomato linguine. So simple, so fresh you'll love it. Well here's babies version, I made it at the same time as making our grown up version, I simply had a small frying pan and baby sized saucepan cooking next to my own.


Red Pepper and Tomato Linguine

Half a Red Pepper
Half  Red Onion
3 Tbsps Chopped Tomatoes
Olive oil
Black Pepper
Dried Oregano
Small handful of Linguine

Get your pasta cooking.

Finely chop your onions and gently fry them for a couple of minutes with a nice glug of Olive Oil. Chop your Peppers in to 2cm x 1 cms strips (helps baby to pick them up) and add to the pan along with the Oregano and a grinding of Black Pepper. Once they have fried for a minute add the chopped Tomatoes and cook for another minute.

When your pasta is cooked, drain, allow to steam for a minute and then stir into the sauce. Grate some Parmesan over the top (Parmesan adds extra Umami, rich in Calcium and... Well just tastes good!).

I like to cut a cross in the top of the pasta, in turn quartering the pasta. This makes the pasta convenient lengths for baby to pick up.

Lovely, just try to leave some for baby! ;-)

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