pastina is a great pasta to offer babies and even toddlers because it can get so mushy that it is virtually choke free. You can make the pastina and then toss it with vegetables to form a great side dish or you could add some grated cheese and butter while its still warm and serve with pasta sauce or even make a really runny macaroni and cheese dish from it.
Pastina is a great pasta to offer babies and even toddlers because it can get so mushy that it is virtually choke free. You can make the pastina and then toss it with a little olive oil and serve as is, or cook it with other ingredients like onion or tomato. Or pour milk over it (and mix) to make it into a nutritious breakfast cereal.
Pastina is a great pasta to offer babies and even toddlers because it can get so mushy that it is virtually choke free. You can make the pastina and then toss with some sauce or try mixing baby purees into the cooked pastina for added flavor and nutrition. Pastina is also an excellent addition to soup recipes, as baby will be able to easily eat it in suspended form rather than chewy or solid.
Pastina is a great pasta to offer babies and even toddlers because it can get so mushy that it is virtually choke free. Pastina is easy for baby’s small mouth to chew, but easy for baby’s tummy to digest, too. You can make the pastina and then toss it in a bit of butter, or add a little Parmesan cheese and garlic salt for an Italian-style dish. Add some veggies like peas or spinach for extra flavor, nutrition and color!
Pastina is a great pasta to offer your baby or toddler. It’s soft and mushy, so it doesn’t cause choking the way other pastas can do, even for older babies. You can make it up ahead of time and then toss into …
How to Make Pastina for Baby
An Italian mommy shares her favorite recipe. I got brave and decided that today would be the day that I made Griffin his first bowl of pasta. My son is 9 months old and doesn’t even have any teeth yet, poor guy! He’s been doing well with all of the thicker purees, and is a whiz at chomping on soft cheeses so I figured, why not!
After all, a boy cannot live on sweet potato mash alone. A growing boy needs some variety! And by variety I mean PASTA (I am an Italian girl from Brooklyn, after all).
This recipe is our family recipe for Baby’s First Pasta. It’s barely even a recipe but my Grandma and my Mama served it to me, and now I am serving it to my little boy. Heck, I still enjoy it today and bet your family will too. It’s made with Pastina (tiny cylindrical or start shaped pasta that is perfect for babies with little or no teeth).
The only Pastina that my local store had was a little bigger than what I am used to and Griffin was definitely shocked by this new texture. After a few spoonfuls, he was chompin’ like a pro.
Recipe for homemade baby food pasta!
Baby’s First Pasta
For 8 months and up. Makes 2 servings (depends on how big of an eater your baby is)**
- 1 cup organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- 1/2 cup Pastina
- 2 teaspoon freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- 2 teaspoon organic parsley, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon of whole milk ricotta cheese (optional)
** Full Disclosure: I made a double serving of this, added some salt to my portion and ate it right along side my boy. Delicious!
- Heat chicken broth in a small saucepan over medium high heat until boiling.
- Stir in pasta and allow to cook until pasta is very soft, about 10 minutes (baby can be introduced to al dente another time but for now the softer the better).
TIP: Add more water to the pasta if the water evaporates too quickly and the past still seems too hard.
- Remove the pasta from the heat and allow to cool.
- Divide the pasta into 2 bowls (or pack the other half in a container for lunch the next day).
- Stir in the parsley and sprinkle Parmigiano Reggiano over top.
- Serve with 1 tablespoon of ricotta cheese (this is optional but my boy loves his cheese and you can stir it into the pasta to add a nice creaminess which babies and parents seem to love).