Saturday, September 3, 2011

Pasta e Fagioli for Baby

My mother-in-law showed me how to make this one time she was visiting. I immediately thought it would make a great meal for little ones. It is SO easy to make, and very healthy. I actually made this while my son was eating lunch yesterday, and I finished cooking, and storing it in freezer trays before he was done eating! This is an italian bean stew that you can serve chunky, or puree it for younger babies. The original recipe only uses cannellini beans, but I minced some edamame beans and added them to give it a little more  vitamin C, fiber, and iron. This is full of whole grains, fiber, potassium, calcium, vitamin C and iron. It is for babies 7+ months.



Here's what you'll need:
1 cup whole wheat macaroni pasta
2 garlic cloves minced
1 can cannellini beans
1/2 cup edamame beans (steam for 5 minutes before mincing or pureeing)
1/2 to 3/4 jar organic salt free marinara (Trader Joe's has a good one)
Olive oil
Grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Bring a small pot of water to boil and add macaroni. While pasta is cooking add 2 tblsp olive oil to a medium deep skillet and heat over med heat. Add minced garlic and cook until golden. Add cannellini beans and edamame beans and cook for 2 or so minutes. Add marinara, cooked macaroni, and Italian seasoning. Sprinkle with grated parmesan. Cook 5 minutes stirring occasionally to blend flavors. Let cool and puree (if your little one is less than 9 months) or serve chunky (if your little one is 9+ months). This makes a big batch, so I took out 5oz, and then froze the rest in trays. You can freeze this for up to 2 months. Enjoy!

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