Curly Q Pasta Marinara: Older baby nummies part 4

Marinara pasta is a fun, messy food to give your little one. It is a vibrant color and when paired with a fun noodle shape it can spark the curiousity in your rug rat.  Often times the packaged marinara sauce has a ton of spices that babies may not be ready for as well as a high sodium content. This recipes uses organic tomatoe sauce with no additives to keep it simple and healthy.

The Recipe

You will need:

  • 1 8oz can of tomato sauce
  • 8 oz of a fun noodle shape (I have used wheat spiral noodles)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of italian seasoning

Instructions:

  1. Boil noodles according to package directions. ( I like to boil mine an extra few minutes to make sure they are soft enough for baby. Especially wheat noodles which are by nature a bit tougher)
  2. heat up tomato sauce in a medium saucepan.
  3. add garlic powder and italian seasoning to the tomato sauce and mix well. Bring the sauce to a boil and then turn down and let it simmer as your noodles boil.
  4. Once noodles are done, drain them and add them to the tomato sauce mix. Stir well so that all noodles are covered.
  5. Let the pasta cool in the fridge. Once cooled, cover a cupcake pan with plastic wrap and spoon in desired amount into each cup.  Cover with plastic wrap and freeze
  6. Once frozen, remove each portion from plastic wrap and put in a labeled ziplock bag.  These will stay good in your freezer for up to three months.
  7. to serve, thaw out desired serving an hour or so before and heat slightly or defrost in your microwave.

***IMPORTANT*** always watch your child when giving them solid foods to eat, no matter how many times they have eaten it before. It can only take one second for a baby to choke on a bit of food.

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