Recipes: Baby Led Weaning Cheesy Tuna Pasta With Sweetcorn

Who doesn’t love a tuna pasta bake? This simple cheesy tuna pasta is a hit with both our nine month old and the older kids. I’ve even been known to scrape the saucepan out for bits after… it’s yummy and really easy. I’ve put some recipe amounts on there to allow you a rough idea but the recipe can easily be increased as required, or why not add a different veg in there? We love adding some peas and even a little grated carrot at times – the more, the merrier!

Can Weaning Babies Have Tuna?

Yes! General advice is that babies can be introduced to tuna from the moment they start weaning at six months . Tuna is an excellent source of protein as well as being a good source of Omega-3; something that is recommended for brain and eye development. For both of these reasons, tuna is a great addition to a weaning baby’s menu, and a good taste for them to get accustomed to as they grow.

What Type Of Tuna Should I Give My Baby?

We use canned tuna thanks to it’s good shelf life and it’s affordability. Personal preference in our household is for the chunks in brine rather than in oil, these are then drained and used.

Baby Led Weaning Recipe: Cheesy Tuna Pasta

Makes 3 child’s portions

You Will Need:

  • 1/2 tin of tuna
  • 50g grated cheese
  • A small jar of sugar free pasta sauce
  • 100g penne pasta
  • 4 tbsp of sweetcorn (we use canned but frozen is fine, just cook either in with the pasta or beforehand)

To Make:

  1. Boil the pasta as per instructions, we prefer to cook it well so that the pasta is fairly soft due to a younger weaning child
  2. Drain the pasta, return it to the pan and remove from heat
  3. Drain the tin of tuna well, add half to the pan with the pasta along with half of the cheese, the sweetcorn and the pasta sauce. You want enough sauce to cover the pasta well – any excess can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge
  4. Stir well, return to the heat to warm through and melt cheese
  5. Serve with the extra cheese sprinkled on top!

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