Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Homemade Pasta for Baby

If you haven't already noticed, this past weekend we were busy -- the right kind of busy. Nick, Piper and I spent most of our weekend at home, in the kitchen.

Even before Piper could scoot all around the kitchen in her walker (like she did all weekend long) she was with us while we were cooking. In her earlier months, Piper loved to sit on the counter in her bumbo chair, where all the action was happening. Piper has always loved to watch us cook, and we love to have her with us. After all, my husband and I are two foodies raising a little foodie over here!

This past weekend, as my husband and I made homemade pasta for ourselves for dinner, we made some for Piper, too! Basically, we used the same recipe as we always use, with the fettuccine attachment for our KitchenAid Mixer and then we cut her pasta into tiny pieces before cooking it. This extra step for Piper was easily done with a pizza cutter!

Ingredients for pasta:

1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 egg
2 tbsp. water
(a little extra flour will also be needed)

Directions for pasta:

Mix flour and salt. Add slightly beaten egg. Mix into dough with hands (your best tools). Add water as needed. Mix until dough is formed.

Use the pasta attachments for your KitchenAid mixer to roll out the dough and cut into fettuccine noodles. As far as rolling the dough with the attachment, I use size 4 for the end result. (Or, if you don't have the attachments, roll the dough and cut it yourself. I'm sure the pasta would be thicker if you roll and cut the dough yourself, but it will be just as good, I promise!) Use extra flour as needed throughout this process.

IF making for baby -- cut pasta into bite-size pieces with pizza cutter, as shown below.

Drop pasta into boiling water, cook for about 5 minutes. Drain water; let cool.

This recipe made enough to last Piper about 2 - 4 weeks! I set some pasta aside for the next few days and bagged up the rest for the freezer.

We have one happy NINE month old, over here!

Eating dinner together as a family is one of the things my husband and I use to talk about back when it was just the two of us. It's amazing that some of the "one day's" we use to talk about are here, now! Our hearts are so full with Piper at the dinner table beside us, enjoying the same foods we're eating; better yet, watching her enjoy the food we made for her from scratch!

We are blessed.

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