The one thing that my toddler absolutely loves is any type of spaghetti or noodles or pasta. He eats it like a pro, with absolutely no help from me. I don’t have any idea where he learnt to eat pasta like that but I am so glad he loves it. Follows then that I want to make it as many times as possible. Now here comes the twist, for him I get only wheat pasta but for the sauce I really do not want to give him the white sauce which is made with all purpose flour. That is when I started making this sauce for him and frankly it tatstes so good that all of us eat it. It is so healthy and yummy at the same time. I have been able to incorporate so many healthy ingredents in this one recipe that it makes for a perfect meal for him.
With this one pasta I am able to also feed him so many vegetables too. Added bonus is he loves this ?.
Here is the recipe below, it is quite easy to make too.
Prep time : 10 mins
Cooking time : 15 mins
Wheat spaghetti pasta – 1 bowl
Baby Spinach leaves , chopped – 1 cup
Brocolli florets – 1/2 cup
Carrots, diced – 1/4 cup
Zuchhini slice -1/4 cup
Baby corn, diced – 1/4 cup
Button Mushrooms, chopped – 1/4 cup
Spring onion leaves, chopped – 1/4 cup
Chicken stock – 1/2 cup
Garlic cloves – 8/10
Onion slices – 1/2
Oregano – 1 tsp
Olive oil – 1 spoon
Cheddar Cheese, grated or 1 slice – 2 tbsp ( optional)
Whole milk ( full cream) – 2 cups
Chicken cubed boiled ( optional) – 50 gms
Boil brocolli, carrots, zuchhini and baby corn with a pinch of salt till they are more than half done
Strain the vegetables and in the same water add the pasta, add half a spoon of olive oil and cook till the pasta is al dente
I use the water for boiling in such a quantity that it is almost all used up by the time the pasta is done. If you have any left over then you can add this in the pasta
In a wide pan, add olive oil, and fry garlic and the onions till soft
Add the mushrooms next and let it cook on low flame for 3 mins
Next add the spinach leaves and cook on low flame.
The spinach will soon wilt, now add the spaghetti and the rest of the boiled vegetables
Add the oregano and the chicken stock
Let it cook for a minute
Sprinkle salt as per taste, keeping in mind that the stock will have some salt in it too
Let it simmer for 5 minutes till the milk almost evaporates, keep stirring occasionally.
Separately fry the diced boiled chicken in a teaspoon of white butter.
Add this to the pasta
Add the grated cheese and the spring onions lastly, this is optional though and if you have not introduced cheese for your little one, you can skip this too
Serve hot .
The veggies become completely mashed up in the sauce and coat the pasta so well that the baby eats it along with the pasta. Happy happy me.
And trust me on the taste, it is so yummy that you will also love to eat it. In fact I make it as a meal for the full family. And it is so healthy that you can it without any guilt.
Couple of tweaks that you can try are ; you can replace chicken stock with a vegetable stock for a vegetarian option
You can also add a dollop of butter in the end if you baby is used to eating butter
Also I have tried this with both penne and macaroni pasta too and it works out quite well
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