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Annabel Karmel's quick cheesy pasta is perfect for weaning little ones and is packed with nutritious veg.

Introduction

This fresh tomato sauce is very tasty and, because it has vegetables and cheese blended into it, it is more nutritious than an ordinary tomato sauce.

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Ingredients

1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced
100g / 4oz cauliflower, cut into florets
3 tbsp tiny pasta shells or other tiny pasta shapes
25g / 1 oz butter
300g / 11oz ripe tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and chopped
50g / 2oz grated Cheddar cheese

Method

Put the sliced carrot into the bottom of a steamer. Cover with boiling water and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes. Put the cauliflower florets in the steamer basket over the carrots, cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Cook the pasta shells in boiling water according to the packet instructions.

Meanwhile, melt the butter and sauté the tomatoes for about 3 minutes or until mushy. Stir in the Cheddar cheese until melted. Blend the cooked carrots and cauliflower together with the tomatoes and cheese. Mix with the pasta shells.

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