We are stepping up our weaning game and Piccolo are too – they have just released their Stage 2 blends! And that’s not the only exciting news… they have launched in 400 Asda stores across the country!!

To celebrate we were sent a recipe card, a chef’s hat for Isla & all the ingredients we needed to recreate one of their new pouches for the whole family!

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The Sweet Tomato & Ricotta Spaghetti is one of Isla’s favourites in the new range so I thought she would love to try making it!

Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Tip: Make double the sauce and freeze in small portions for a quick meal with freshly cooked pasta.

Serves: 8 baby portions, or 2 adults and a baby
Storage: Suitable for freezing

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Barney took the lead as head chef (as usual!), Isla was sous chef and I was ‘photographer chef’… yes… that’s a thing!

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INGREDIENTS

1 tin of chopped tomatoes (400g)
4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
fresh black pepper
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
200g pasta (spiral or spaghetti)
100g ricotta
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
½ a red pepper, de-seeded and finely chopped
1 tbsp of tomato paste
1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed

METHOD

In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and add the onion and garlic and sauté these until they are transparent (around 8 minutes). Add the chopped red pepper and carrot and cook for a further few minutes.
Add the tin of tomatoes (we used fresh tomatoes!), tomato paste and a few twists of the black pepper mill and stir. Increase the heat slightly and let the sauce start to bubble away for a few minutes, then reduce the heat.
Put on a large pot of salted water and bring to the boil, add pasta to water and cook until ‘al dente’ approximately 8- 10 minutes.
Add the ricotta, parmesan and basil to the sauce and stir through.
Either puree or leave as a chunky tomato sauce.

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Sous Chef Isla also took the role of ‘chief taster’ and was very excited to get stuck in!

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We started with Baby Led Weaning and now just do what works for Isla – some days thats pouches and other days she eats whatever we do! Usually straight off of my plate!

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Barney and I added Chicken & Chorizo to ours – which was just delicious! Isla loves eating with us at the table and now that she’s getting to be quite the chatter box, she even joins in on the conversation!

The new Stage 2 flavours (suitable from 7 months) are: Sweet Potato & Beef Ragu, Spring Vegetables & Chicken, Three Grain Risotto and of course the Sweet Tomato & Ricotta Spaghetti! Head over to the Asda website to order some or go to your nearest store!

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