10 Minute Kid Friendly Pasta Salad
As a busy momma, I know how important it is to have barrels of quick and easy recipes on hand that your entire family will love. Not only that, at least half of them should be pasta because, well, kids love pasta! This baby led weaning lunch will not only fit perfectly in precious, chunky fingers, but your whole house will thank you! The simple pumpkin-seed and parmesan sauce is so versatile and tasty that you can mix this dish with any veggies your baby prefers, and it makes an easy school lunch option for days you’d like to see those pails come home empty!
This recipe is meant to feed two adults and two children—or six school lunches—and is easy enough to double (or triple) for a larger family. There’s no need to follow the recipe to a tee, either. I used tomatoes, bell peppers, and green onions, but it is delicious with broccoli, carrots, green beans, peas, or any combination of ingredients you know your little one will eat up.
The pasta base itself is so simple you probably won’t even have to double check this recipe. Just boil the pasta shells and rinse as you drain until it cools completely, then toss in the veggies. I recommend removing the pasta al dente, especially if you plan to store this for easy school lunch preparation. If the pasta cooks too long, it won’t hold up as well in the refrigerator.
This recipe’s robust flavor comes from the dressing, which is not only simple, it’s healthy! The pan-toasted pumpkin seeds are rich in protein, iron, zinc, magnesium, and so many other nutrients I can’t possibly list them all. Chopped fresh basil amps this wholesome lunch up another notch with a host of flavonoids and antioxidants; all of this blended with the olive oil and Dunnes Stores Mozarella creates a beautiful dressing to please your weaning baby’s (and your) taste buds like nothing else!
I prefer a pestle to grind and mix the dressing (they’re fun), but if you don’t have one, a food processor works just fine. Toast the seeds then use the pulse button and blades to chop until they’re coarsely ground. After you add the fresh basil and cheese to the bowl, drizzle the extra virgin olive oil through the chute, pulsing to combine the ingredients.
Toss it all together, and that’s that! You have a delicious, baby led weaning lunch that will have your entire family begging for more. What’s more, it takes little time to prepare, so whipping it up for easy school lunches will be a huge time saver.
This recipe is part of my Baby Food Series for Dunnes Stores. I have been so delighted to work with a client who truly believes in what I am trying to do here at Baby Led Feeding. We have so many amazing recipes coming your way over the next few months, as well as lots of events, so keep your eyes peeled!
All of the ingredients in this pasta are inexpensive and easily available. No crazy ingredients that you won’t know where to find and all available in-store.
If you want to see more baby led weaning pasta recipes then you should check these out: Beetroot Pesto Pasta, Butternut Squash Creamy Pasta Sauce (Vegan), Veggie Loaded Pasta, and Quick Pesto Pasta with Roasted Veggies
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