Cheesy Pasta Stars
CARROTS won’t make you grow into the ultimate fighter pilot (in world war two pilots were rumoured to have been fed a diet of carrots so they could see in the dark) but they will help with your night vision and growth and promote healthy skin and teeth. Interestingly vegetables are not always better for you raw. Cooking carrots with a little butter or oil will provides you with twice as much vitamin A as eating them raw.
A delicious combination of flavours is vital in baby food recipes. You can buy organic tiny pasta shapes in my ‘Make Your Own’ range in Boots which can be mixed with your baby’s puree to add texture.
The pasta comes in three sizes and shapes stars, shells and alphabet pasta. They are graded in size to encourage babies to cope with more lumpy textures.
Steam the carrots for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.
Warm the butter in a separate pan, add the chopped tomatoes and sauté until mushy.
Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until melted.
Meanwhile cook the pasta stars in boiling water according to the instructions on the packet, then drain.
Mash or puree the cooked carrots in an electric hand blender, together with 3 tablespoons of the liquid from the bottom of the steamer and blend together the tomato and cheese mixture.
Finally stir in the cooked pasta stars.