Monday, September 12, 2011

Pasta Rustica for the Whole Family

This is what I made for dinner last night. It is seriously easy (takes about 25 minutes including prep) and a healthy dinner the whole family can enjoy. You can puree this for babies between 6-10 months, and can cut it up into bite size pieces for little one's 10+ months.

Here's what you'll need:
2 cups whole wheat penne pasta
1 package fully cooked sweet Italian turkey sausage (I use Niman Ranch because it's nitrate free)
2 organic zucchinis chopped
4-6 cremini mushrooms chopped
1 jar Marinara or Pomodoro Sauce
Little less than a handful shredded Italian cheese

Chop zucchini, and mushrooms and set aside. Cut fully cooked sausage up into bite size pieces and set aside. Bring a medium size pot of water to boil.  Add pasta and cook until al dente. While pasta is cooking pour jar of sauce into a medium pot and heat over medium to high heat. Add zucchini, mushrooms, and sausage to the sauce. Cover and let simmer for 5-8 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Drain pasta and put in bowls. Ladle sauce mixture over pasta and sprinkle with Italian cheese and serve. If serving to Baby, puree and then serve, or cut into bite size pieces and serve. Enjoy!

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