I love this recipe for lunches! Cooking up a batch of this will give myself and my son lunch for a few days, which is always handy as I try to prepare lunches for the week. Anything to be less stressed when bub decides not to sleep!
Age: when you feel comfortable giving bub cooked pasta & small nuts. Around 8 months +
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
100g pine nuts (50g for pesto & 50g for salad)
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
300g sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
2 1/2 cups penne pasta
2 handfuls baby spinach
Pesto: Place basil, parmesan, 50g pine nuts into a food processor and blend until all ingredients are roughly chopped. Add oil and blend until a chunky paste has formed.
Pasta: Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add penne. Cook until tender.
Cool pasta slightly, then transfer to a large bowl. Add pesto and stir until all the pasta is coated. Add sun-dried tomatoes, remaining pine nuts and baby spinach. Stir until combined.
You may choose to also add some cooked chicken.
Note: You baby may not be able to swallow the spinach leaves, especially with stalks. Break into smaller pieces or don't feed to them.