Delicious Cheesy Mixed Veg Pasta For Little Ones


I am always on the lookout for new meal ideas for Little Squirrel. Recently I came across this fabulous website which is just packed with recipe ideas for baby and toddler… One Handed Cooks.

Last week I tried out their Cheesy Carrot & Broccoli Pasta.
Pasta has become a firm favourite with Little Squirrel, especially since I started using kids pasta shapes. The pasta shapes seem softer then regular pasta when cooked, and easier for the little one to manage.

So this recipe went down pretty well, and was quick and easy to make. However, Little Miss Squirrel picked out and discarded every single bit of broccoli that was in her dish (like mother, like daughter).

Then, just the other night Mandy of Sneaky Veg posted a picture on Instagram of a delicious looking Pasta and Peas dish that flicked a little lightswitch in my head… substitute the broccoli for peas! Well, it was a huge success. Little Squirrel demolished this generous helping of pasta in less than 10 minutes…!

From this to this in less than 10 minutes!

From this to this in less than 10 minutes!

I tend to make bigger portions than I think she will eat, as quite often a lot ends up on the floor, but she completely hoovered this up (bar a couple of mouthfuls I might have had 😉 and a little bit of debris on the floor)!
This veg combination has a lovely sweetness which is just delicious with the gooey melted cheese… mmmmmm!

The Recipe


  • 1 baby/toddler-sized portion of pasta
  • olive oil
  • 1 small carrot or half a large carrot, grated
  • approx 5cm of a leek, halved lengthways then finely sliced, washed and drained
  • 1 tbsp frozen peas, boiled for 3-4 minutes and drained
  • a handful of grated cheddar cheese
Start by cooking the pasta.
Once the pasta is ready, drain and set to the side.
In a non-stick pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and then add the grated carrot and sliced leek.
Sauté for 3-4 minutes on a moderate heat.
Lower the heat and add the pasta, peas, and cheese, and stir.
Once the cheese is beginning to melt, decant on to a plate, and allow to cool to a temperature that is safe for your little one. (The cheese bind the veg to the pasta, making it harder for little fingers to pick out the veg).
Dish up, and watch it disappear!!!
Satisfied Squirrel

Satisfied Squirrel


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