This stewed penne pasta is a good toddler food also and can be given to your baby from one year. For younger babies who are eager to have a taste, you can use a fork and chunkily mash it up to enable them easily chew and swallow without any fear of choking.
Penne Pasta comes in a cylindrical shape with sharp tips at both ends that make it look like the tip of a writing pen…probably that is where the name came from or maybe not.
I like using penne pasta with tomato stew which i make thick and in big quantity, so that it will coat the pasta very well and also seep into those cylindrical holes. This makes it more enjoyable for the kids as they can get the taste of the sauce in every piece of pasta they put in their mouth.
Stewed Penne Pasta Recipe
- 1 – 1½ cup penne pasta
- 4 tbsp chopped tomatoes or 2 big tomatoes chopped well
- 1 small onions (chopped)
- 3 tbsp cooking oil
- 2 cloves garlic (minced or chopped)
- 1 tsp thyme
- ½ tsp all purpose seasoning
- ½tsp dried ginger or a small chunk (finely grated)
- 2 small bay leaves
- ¾ to 1 cup water or stock (chicken or beef)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook pasta in a pot of water with a few drops of oil. Allow to boil for about 10 minutes, then drain in a sieve and set aside.
- Put dry pot on heat and pour in the cooking oil. Add chopped onions and garlic and fry to soften onions.
- Add the tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme, ginger and seasonings, then allow to cook for about 5 minutes before pouring water/stock.
- Add just ¾ cup and cover pot to boil. Once it boils, add the pasta, stir and check for taste. Cover the pot and cook on medium heat till stock is almost dried up.
- Give a final stir, remove from heat and serve.
∗You can add sausages, chicken or beef to your cooking.
∗Crayfish and ground fish can also be used for those that like the flavour in pasta.