Summer Vegetable Pesto Pasta

Summer Vegetable Pesto Pasta - a recipe suitable for babies from 6 months, and toddlers too. This lovely light pasta dish is packed full of flavour (and veggies!) and is perfect for a warm summer evening.

summer vegetable pesto pasta recipe for doddl

This lovely light pasta dish is packed full of flavour (and veggies!) and is perfect for a warm summer evening. ☀️

The homemade cashew pesto used in this summer vegetable pesto pasta is quick and easy to throw together. You can definitely use a store bought pesto to save a bit of time. Just look for one with lower salt levels for babies under 12 months.

👶🏻Suitable from 6 months

🌱Can be made suitable for Vegans

Ingredients:

For the pesto:

-1 cup of fresh basil leaves 

-1/4 cup raw cashews

-1/2 tsp garlic granules

-1 tbsp lemon juice (approx 1/2 a lemon)

-3 tbsp parmesan (or nutritional yeast if vegan)

-6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

-2 tbsp water

-OPTIONAL: 1/4 tsp salt

For the veggie pasta:

-250g dried pasta

-1/2 zucchini

-1 cup cherry tomatoes (quartered lengthways)

-1/2 yellow bell pepper

-100g asparagus

Method:

Cook your pasta according to packet instructions

Add the basil, garlic granules, cashews, parmesan/nutritional yeast, olive oil and lemon juice to a blender and blend until smooth

Add 1-2 tbsp water to loosen the mixture as needed

OPTIONAL: remove 1-2 tbsp of pesto for baby’s portion then add 1/4 tsp salt to the remaining pesto and blend to combine

Roughly slice the zucchini, pepper & asparagus into inch long batons and sauté in some olive oil until soft

Add the pesto and summer veggies to the cooked pasta and toss to coat thoroughly

Slice the cherry tomatoes into quarters lengthways and stir into the pasta and veggies just before serving.

Change things up by using different vegetables in your Summer Vegetable Pesto Pasta. Why not get your little one to have a go at chopping the veggies safely with their doddl children's knife too?
Post a photo of the finished result and tag us @doddl. Don't forget to check out recipes for baby and toddler food!
Another delicious recipe made especially for doddl by Jess at babyled_bears.   Find out more about doddl baby and toddler cutlery and plate here.

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