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.
You can serve pasta to your baby in many different ways. If you’re weaning your baby with purees, it’s actually simple to puree pasta within a sauce.
If you’re doing a Baby Led Weaning approach, 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.
Remember pasta contains wheat and so gluten – unless it’s gluten-free pasta. If there’s a history of these allergies in your family, watch carefully for any signs of allergy when you first give your baby pasta. You can use rice-based or gluten-free pasta if your baby does show allergic symptoms.
We’ve rounded up some of the best pasta recipes for babies aged 6 to 12 months, organised by age suitability, including sauce ideas, pasta bakes, easy-cook pasta dishes and so much more.
23 of the tastiest pasta recipes for 6 to 12 month olds…
A lunchtime recipe that takes under 10 mins to prep and only 12 mins to cook. Suitable from 6 months.
Simple, but effective. Suitable for babies aged from 6 months.
A clever way of introducing fish to your baby’s diet. Suitable from 6 months.
Easy to prep, and suitable for children 7 months and older. Perfect way to serve pasta as a finger food.
A great recipe for reluctant veggie eaters – this sauce contains carrot, leek, red pepper, courgette, onion as well as tomatoes. Suitable from 8 months+
Try with peas or green beans! Suitable for 7 months+
A yummy way to use pasta for your baby’s mealtimes a bit differently. Suitable from 8 months
Courgette, leek, peas and broccoli are a healthy green pasta accompaniment. Suitable from 8 months
Italian baby food at its best. Chop up the spaghetti into small little strips (around 5cm). Suitable from 8 months
Add mushrooms or ham if you want to experiment with flavours for your child. Suitable from 8 months+
Just blend it together and you’ve got an unusual pasta sauce for your baby. Suitable for 8 months+
Delicious and oh-so-easy pasta dish that can serve the whole family. Suitable when mashed or chopped from 8 months
Tasty bolognese sauce made from soya mince, a nutritious vegetarian alternative suitable for babies from 9 months
Perfect for lunch, great for experimenting with different vegetables, and suitable for 9 months and above.
You can experiment with other mince meat or soya. Suitable from 10 months
An easy way to make sure little ones get a healthy mix of veg in their diet. Suitable for 10 months+
You can use this recipe with courgette spaghetti, too. Suitable for 10 months+
Makes enough for a baby, a toddler and 2 adults. A lovely family meal – with your choice of filling. Suitable from 10 months+
A fab way to give your veggie baby some protein. Suitable for 11 months+
20. Tuna pasta bake
A delicious tuna and sweetcorn pasta dish with cheese sauce and a cheesy topping. Suitable from 11 months
Kale is a great source of essential vitamins. A great meal for the whole family. Suitable from 11 months
A tasty tomato and cheese sauce that’s a big children’s pasta favourite. Suitable from 11 months
Oily fish trout is a rich source of protein and full of nutrients, including vitamins B1, B6, potassium and omega-3 fatty acids. Mix with the high fibre and vitamin A offered by the broccoli, and this a healthy pasta dish. Suitable from 12 months