Here are some tasty pasta recipes for your baby to try
Chances are pasta is already a staple food in your house: it's cheap, versatile, easy to cook, and appeals to just about everyone. And your baby is no exception. Most little ones will tuck into a bowl of pasta with relish, and it's a great way to provide her with a source of carbohydrate: essential for energy and growth.
You can serve pasta to your baby in many different ways. Pureed, it's ideal for newly weaned babies - although it's best to wait until she's at least six months old before introducing it, as there is some evidence that giving foods containing gluten before six months could trigger food allergies. Later on, you can chop regular pasta into tiny pieces (scissors make light work of this task), or buy special baby pasta shapes from the supermarket. Full-sized pasta shapes also make great finger food, either plain or with a sauce. If your baby has an allergy to wheat or gluten, or if there's a history of these allergies in the family, you can substitute normal pasta for rice pasta.
Easy cheesy pasta sauce
Under 10 mins preparation time lunch recipe.
Macaroni cheese with broccoli and cauliflower - perfect for lunch, great for experimenting with different vegetables.
Sweetcorn and sweet potato pasta - easy under 10 minute recipe.
Easy salmon pasta - good way of introducing fish to your baby diet.
Cheesy pasta with broccoli - try with peas or green beans!
Traditional lasagne - experiment with other mince meat or soya.
Sweet potato and tuna pasta - replace tuna with salmon for a new twist.
Pasta carbonara - Italian coal miners' classic!
Beef and kale lasagne - kale is a great source of essential vitamins.
Baby pesto - just blend it all.
Simple tomato pasta sauce - exactly what it says on the tin.
Vegetarian lasagne with green lentils - proteins for your veggie baby.
Rigatoni with five-veg pasta sauce - easy way to make sure little ones get a healthy mix of veg in their diet.
Spinach and parmesan spaghetti - experiment with courgettes next time.
Pasta with cheese, bacon and broccoli - or green beans or peas...
Spaghetti bolognese - Italian food at its best.
Secret veggie pasta sauce - click for a surprise.
Pasta, carrot and lentil soup - simply yummy.
Chicken, leek and raisin pasta bake - brave raisins and leek together, you might cook a nice surprise.
Cannelloni - just fill it.
Trout and broccoli pasta - goodness of fish and greens in one dish.
Pasta with cream cheese and peas - express lunch option.
Cheesy pasta with tomato - use different pasta shapes for added twist.
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