Recipe – easy baby carbonara

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This cheesy pasta recipe for babies and children is super easy and fast. Vital for when you’ve only got a limited nap-time window to get a million things done.

The best thing is that if you have cheese, milk, butter and pasta (for me, household essentials) then you’ve got yourself a meal in just 10 minutes. The sauce is also cheesy and gooey which goes down an absolute treat.

This recipe is loosely based on carbonara but you can add whatever you’ve got in the fridge into it. If you’ve got bacon and mushrooms then that’s great. But you can swap for ham or chicken and most vegetables. Today, I had bacon, a leek and a pot of sun-dried tomatoes in the fridge.

Enough to make two generous portions. I have a greedy hungry baby!

INGREDIENTS
* a handful of pasta – any variety whether baby pasta, dried pasta swirls or spaghetti or fresh pasta if you want to practically halve the cooking time.
* a rasher of bacon – cut off the excess fat and slice into small pieces
* around two tablespoons of chopped leeks
* three cherry tomatoes, chopped

For the cheese sauce:
* 10g butter – real butter is great but you can use any butter or margarine
* 10g flour
* 4fl oz milk
* 10g grated cheese

METHOD
1. Boil the pasta in a pan and simmer until cooked.
2. Pan fry your bacon and any vege in a drop of olive oil until cooked. My choice of leeks, bacon and tomatoes was done in about five minutes but if you’re using chicken, you may need up to 10 minutes.
3. Place the butter, flour and milk in a relatively non-stick pan and heat. Whisk it VERY frequently until it comes to the boil.
4. Lower the heat and leave it bubbling gently for about five minutes. Give it a whisk occasionally to make sure it’s not sticking on the bottom and to keep any lumps at bay.
5. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the cheese.
6. Drain the pasta, throw in the meat and vege then pour over the sauce. Give it a stir and then you’re done.

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