Toddler Food – Veggie Packed Spaghetti n’ Cheese

It’s 12:15pm and somebodies ready for a nap. Sorry make that two somebodies are ready for a nap, or maybe one takes a nap and the other takes a shower and goes to the bathroom by herself for once? But what about lunch for the little one? There’s nothing like pulling out a little baggy of homemade goodness from the freezer, popping it into the microwave for 1 minute and watching your little one devour it. A full belly at my house before a nap means an extra half hour of sleep! And I’m all for that.

The following recipes can be made in tandem (the other one is coming soon. Having touble posting it). It will take around 2 hours but trust me – it’s so worth it. OK to be honest the clean-up SUCKS. BUT you will get 30+ single servings. And that’s GOLD on the days you don’t feel like making anything special. They are also great to leave/give to your babysitter when you are out. Give ‘em a try?


375g of whole wheat rigatoni (1 full box) cooked in well salted water
3 Tbsp of olive oil
1 small head of broccoli
1 carrot
1 stick of celery
1 small zucchini
1/2 of a medium onion
1 package of soft tofu
1 can or bottle of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 cup of grated cheese

Put on a large pot of salted water and start cooking pasta. When it is done, strain it and toss with a little olive oil in a bowl (or pot) and put aside. (i cooked two kinds of pasta separately and then mixed them together afterwards)

You could use any combo of veggies that are on their last legs in the fridge… cauliflower, bell pepper… etc… Put the grater disk on your food processor and cram in all of the veggies. In a big frying pan heat up your oil and add all of the veg and saute for around 8 to 10 minutes or until they are soft and pretty much cooked.

Add spaghetti sauce and tofu (really squeeze the tofu through your hands, you don’t want big thick chunks that baby might get weirded out by!). Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes on low heat. Season with salt and pepper.

Turn off the heat and add grated cheese. If you still feel the sauce will be too chunky for your toddler, dump it all in the food processor again and give it a few pulses.

Mix the sauce with the pasta, let it cool a little bit and then separate into small snack bags for freezing!

I find it easier to open up a whole bunch of the little baggies beforehand and have a wet cloth on hand when it comes time to try and close them. Good luck and enjoy!

Oh yeah… the clean up sucks… arg!

But a very happy Graye!



Filed under Pasta, Toddler Food, Vegetarian

3 responses to “Toddler Food – Veggie Packed Spaghetti n’ Cheese

  1. Shannon Smith

    Looks amazing!!! Love how you packed it full of goodness!!!

  2. Anke

    I’ve just made this for my 18 month old tonight, and packed some for a healthy lunch for myself tomorrow. Let’s hope she enjoys it as much as I do. It’s tasty! BTW, mine didn’t turn out nearly as red as yours.

  3. I hope your little one ended up liking the pasta Anke! I guess if she’s not into it you’ve got lunch for yourself. *dalyn

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