Loaded Veggie & Pasta Bake

Pasta seems to be on T’s perennial list of favourites. Works well for me because I can load it with lots of veggies mixed in with Stelline and he won’t know the difference, for now that is! 

Stelline is a tiny pasta variety traditionally used in soups and broths. I used it to make this cheesy pasta bake for T and it seemed to have worked well. I topped off this bake dish with a silky potato mash, the recipe of which I’ve shared in my previous post.

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Ingredients:

  • Zucchini, finely chopped
  • Onion, finely chopped
  • Mushroom, finely chopped
  • Garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Stelline, cooked
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp Cream
  • Cheese, grated

 

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Method:

  • Sauté the veggies with seasoning in the olive oil
  • Once par cooked add the cream and cheese and slow cook for about a couple of mins
  • Pour out the mix in a bake dish
  • Cover the top fully with the mashed potatoes
  • Bake for about 20 minutes at 200°

 

A Basic Guide to Silky Mashed Potatoes

I love silky mashed potatoes. They go well as pie toppings and spreads for crisps. The sweet, savoury and cheesy flavour profiles combine brilliantly for toddlers to potentially lap it up before you know it.

Ever since T’s pre-molars have sprouted, my scope for culinary experimentation has broadened, though my little ‘munchster’ is getting more and more selective about his preferences. It’s  getting to a point of  hit or miss. But that won’t stop me form getting him to try if nothing else!

This morning my dad very philosophically said to me when he saw me struggle with making T sit in a place to eat, something that he did so effortlessly when he was younger, “Nameeta, T is at an age where he will un-learn everything and then re-learn”. I really hope he does daddy, for we are fast approaching the terrible two’s and I am dreading what I see already! :)

Anyway, I am glad he took well to the mash and I used it to top off a veggie  Stelline  pasta bake which was a hit too! More on that in my next post.

For now, this is what you will need for a basic silky mashed potatoes:

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Potatoes halved and boiled
  • 1 Tbsp of Unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp of Milk
  • Sugar to taste
  • A little grated cheese
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of mustard powder

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Method:

  • Peel and coarse mash by hand the potatoes
  • Add in all the ingredients and then use a hand held blender to blend
  • Blend until smooth

OR

  • well mash all the ingredients and pass the mix through a sieve for a fine consistency
  • Warm the mash and serve as a dip, spread, a bake dish topping or mix