During my pregnancy I ate pasta like it was going to be wiped off the face of the Earth. Seriously, I loved it before I got preggo, but afterwards, it was like I was having an affair with it. Yum. When the time came to introduce some pasta to baby boy, I could not have been more excited!
Keep in mind that pasta is wheat so if there is a wheat allergy in your family be cautious with starting pasta. Consult your doctor first!!
When looking around to see what pasta was best for baby boy, I happened upon a recipe for pastina from Wholesome Mom. I had never heard of it before, but it is a small star shaped pasta noodle, that is perfect for making into baby food. Because baby boy is just starting out on finger foods, and is still a HUGE fan of purees I wanted something that I could blend into a mushy cereal and be able to spoon feed him with. Pastina is perfect! *Note that I did have to go to a couple of grocery stores to find it. So when I found it I stocked up!
Pastina Baby Food
- Buy the pasta. I was able to find Pastina at Kroger after looking around a few places. Just because I knew I wouldn’t make it back soon, I bought a few packages.
- Puree a single serving. I used my Magic Bullet to puree the pastina. It is much smaller than my Beaba Babycook, so I usually puree just a single serving for a meal that day. I will thaw a few cubes of vegetable (sweet potato for example) and add a bit of breast milk or water as well. I can then puree it all together to make a meal.
- Freeze the remaining. To freeze the rest of the pastina (not pureed) scoop enough for a single meal into a small zip lock baggie. I then put all the small baggies in one larger one and label it. When I am ready to use the pasta again for a meal, that morning I will take one baggie out and thaw it in the fridge. I then repeat step #3.
I have found pastina is yummy with many things. Baby boy seems to like it especially mixed with sweet potatoes or squash. When we introduce cheese and tomatoes, pastina will go well with those also. The possibilities are endless!