Friday, 3 August 2012

Pork meatballs with Spaghetti - Healthy Baby Recipes

This plate of food is the funniest to watch baby eat. I love watching her eat Spaghetti as much as she loves eating it. That messy slurp that leaves Tomato sauce everywhere makes me crack up. The meatballs went down a storm too, if you were struggling to get veggies into your baby you can hide a lot of vegetables (if grated) into a meatball without them noticing!).

Pork meatballs and Spaghetti

The Pork Meatballs..
2 Tbsps Pork Mince
1 Tbsp Breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
1 Tbsp Chopped Parsley
Black Pepper

Simply mix all of the ingredients together and in clean hands press (about a ½ tsp of the mix) into the palm of your hand and roll (between both of your hands) to form small meatballs. Continue to roll out the meatballs until there is no mix left, store in the fridge until ready (this allows them to firm up a little too). Quick tip, keep your hands moist with tap water to prevent the meatballs sticking to your hands and make rolling easy.

Spaghetti (Small handful)
1 Large Tomato (chopped)
1 Shallot (finely chopped)
Few leaves of herbs (I used Basil, finely chopped)

Get a small pan on to cook the Spaghetti in and also a frying pan with some Rapeseed Oil nicely hot.

Firstly cook the Meatballs. Fry them in oil gently until they start to take a little colour, gently move then in the pan until they are nicely coloured all over (4 or 5 minutes). Place on a plate and prepare to make your quick Tomato sauce. Gently fry your onions for a couple of minutes (of course using the same oil that the meatballs fried in), then add your Tomato, cook for a further few minutes – season with Black Pepper and add the chopped Basil.

Meanwhile cook your pasta, I like to break Spaghetti into 3 equal lengths whilst cooking, this makes it the perfect size for baby they come to pick it up. Cook the pasta as per packet instructions.
To serve simply drain the pasta and add it to the Tomato sauce along with the Pork meatballs, stir al together and then serve with a little Parmesan.

Good wholesome cooking and really lovely, baby will love it! 

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