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Baby Pasta on Bunny Wooden Baby Plate
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Baby Pasta Sauce

A vegetable and lentil sauce developed with babies and toddlers in mind but perfect for kids and adults of all ages.
Course Main Meal
Cuisine Western
Keyword Baby Pasta, Baby Pasta Sauce, Lentil Pasta Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4.5 Cups
Calories 107kcal

Equipment

  • Large Saucepan
  • Hand Blender / Blender

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves , minced
  • 1 Celery Stalk , finely chopped
  • 1 Carrot , finely chopped
  • 1 Zucchini (small) , grated
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (Capsicum) , finely chopped
  • ½ cup (95g) Red Split Lentils
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 2 cups (500ml) Passata SEE NOTE 1
  • 1½ cups (375ml) Low Sodium Vegetable / Chicken Stock or Broth SEE NOTE 2
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan and sauté onions, celery, carrots and garlic on low heat for 10 mins.
  • Add the bell pepper and zucchini and stir for a further minute.
  • Add the lentils, tomato paste and oregano and stir until mixed.
  • Add the passata, stock and bay leaf. Bring to a gentle simmer, cover and cook for 20 mins. Stir occasionally to prevent the lentils from sticking to the pan.
  • Remove the bay leaf and, using a stick blender or large blender, blend until smooth.
  • Stir through cooked pasta.

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Notes

  1. Passata: Passata is pureed, strained tomatoes and is usually sold in bottles. It should be 100% tomato with no additives or flavourings. Some contain salt so you may wish to check the ingredients. I believe it is known as Tomato Puree in the US. If you can't find it you can replace it with crushed or chopped canned tomatoes.
  2. Stock / Broth: Use homemade stock for babies or a no-salt / low sodium stock/broth. If you prefer you can dilute or replace it with water but it won't be as flavoursome.
Nutritional information is a ROUGH guide only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator. (1 cup of sauce, does not include pasta)

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 697mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3763IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg