Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pasta with Pumpkin Sage Sauce

Our whole family loves anything made with pumpkin, both sweet and savory,which works out great since it's so healthy, containing 236% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin A among other vitamins and antioxidants. This pasta sauce recipe is a great easy one for babies, toddlers, or anyone else. It is also super quick, which is why I made it today as this has been a very busy week with exams, redecorating our bedroom, and Christmas shopping on top of all the usual busyness! You can puree the whole meal with the pasta for younger babies (from 8 months) or use tiny pastina.The sauce also freezes well for up to three months.

Pasta with Pumpkin Sage Sauce

- 1 cup pumpkin puree, canned or homemade
- 1/2 small onion, very finely chopped
- 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp applesauce or apple puree   
- 1/2 tsp dried sage
- tiny pinch cinnamon
- freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)

In a small saucepan, heat butter over medium-low heat and cook onion until it becomes fragrant and starts to soften, about a minute. Add pumpkin puree, applesauce, sage, cinnamon, and broth and simmer about 5 minutes to let flavour combine. Add more broth if the sauce needs a little thinning. If choosing, stir parmesan into the sauce now, or serve on top. Spoon onto your munchkin's favourite pasta. 

Makes enough for roughly 5-6 baby servings or 3-4 toddler servings.

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