If any gene at all was passed down from me to my son, I HOPE it would be the “I could live on pasta!” gene. Seriously. I could live on pasta. Pasta was my go to dinner when I was pregnant, and it still is my go to dinner. In fact! As I am writing this post spaghetti sauce is simmering on the stove….can you smell it?
My first attempt at feeding baby boy pasta went well. We used pastina, because it is small and is easily mushed up for younger babies. Pastina was a go to grain when making baby boy meals. Now that baby boy is 1 year old, I am able to cook up whole wheat elbow pasta and cut it into bite size pieces, and mix with a variety of veggies.
Because it only seems natural, I thought I would try to mix baby boy’s pasta with tomatoes! I waited until 11 months to introduce tomatoes because of the acidity. They are not recommended until 1 year old because they can be rough on little tummies. Even then they should be cooked to make them more gentle.
Tomato Baby Food
- Purchase tomatoes. I bought tomatoes that were still firm and let them ripen on the counter. Because they are not on the dirty dozen list, there is no need to buy organic (yay!).
- Dice them. Once the tomatoes start to soften just a bit (and before they get too soft!) dice them up into small chunks. I mixed mine with a bit of olive oil, garlic, oregano, and basil. If you baby is not used to eating spices, then omit what you think is necessary.
- Cook them up! I sauteed them over medium heat in a sauce pan for about 10 minutes or so, or until the tomatoes become tender.
- Serve. They are best served over pasta and cut into tiny chunks that baby can gum. You can freeze the leftovers if you would like, or use them the next day
Photo via MaplessInSeattle