Vegetable sauce with cream cheese, the only homemade sauce you must have in the fridge to bring a smile on those fussy little eaters’ face; babies, toddlers, boyfriends/husbands included. Particularly nice with pasta of any shapes and sizes.
When I first started introducing solids to my first baby, I could not believe my eyes: she grabbed the spoon herself and had a mouthful of the roasted parsnip soup I had prepared for her. And not only did she like it, but also looked at me with an I want more look. Phew, that was easy!
Some months later, she decided that mummy’s job was way too easy and it was about time she started being fussy. Oh, dear! She still loves her fruit, but for some reasons, she would be quite picky with veggies she used to love. So, what is the solution?
As loved pasta with tomato sauce, I decided to have a try at hidding some veggies and see how she took it. She loved it! Once again, mummy could relax. At least something she liked.
I actually liked this sauce so much, I cooked quite a lot for the whole family too. Who doesn’t like pasta? Easy meal, fuss-free. You can add a pinch of salt and pepper too, I did not add any since it was for my baby too, and I honestly did not think it needed any seasoning at all, especially if you add some basil too.
You could experiment with other veggies too, or, for a vegan-friendly recipe, omit the cream cheese. It really is superb, so forget the store-bough tomato sauce jars loaded with refined sugar and way too much salt. And I dare say, probably not so much veggies either.
A much healthier version can be cooked at home. Now, with my second baby, I am a bit lucky, so far at least. She seems to do very well with any food she is offered, but then again, she loves pasta. So, why not make this lovely sauce for both of them? At least I know they both have a nutritious meal.
Being a mum is not an easy job, and you all will agree on that. The feeding part can be specially challenging, a constant worry will eventually tire you out, so it’s good to have some piece of mind from time to time.
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- 1 potato
- 1 carrot
- 5 fresh spinach leaves
- 1 spring onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 4 tbsp tomato passata
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp cream cheese
- 1/4 tsp dried basil
Add the vegetable oil to a pan and fry the onion and garlic for a few seconds, then add the other vegetables, cover with water and leave to cook on a medium heat for about 10-15 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.
Remove from the heat, drain the liquid and transfer the vegetables to a blender.
Blitz to a smooth consistency, then add to the pan again together with the tomato passata and heat it up for about 2 minutes, stirring continuosly.
Remove from the heat, add the cream cheese and dried basil and mix well.
Serve with cooked pasta.