Hidden veggie porky pasta your toddler will love!

Friday night dinner sorted! By Margie Els-Burger and Nomvuselelo Mncube

Struggling to get your fussy eater to try new things? Make mealtimes fun for your toddler with this clever hidden veggie porky pasta.

Ingredients

*Serves 6

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken or veg stock

For the porky pasta

  • 500g wholewheat spaghetti
  • 12 slices sandwich ham
  • 12 black olive slices
  • 6 red pepper strips
  • Grated cheddar, to serve

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How to make the porky pasta

  • For the sauce, heat the oil in a large saucepan on medium-high heat and sauté the onion, garlic, oregano, celery, carrots and pepper for about 15 minutes until soft.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste and stock. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Blend until smooth. Season with salt.
  • For the pasta, cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions. Drain. Mix through the sauce and divide between 6 plates. Top each with a slice of ham.
  • Trim each of the remaining 6 slices of ham into a circle and two triangular ears. Cut 2 x 1cm round nostrils from each circle and place each on the pasta as a nose. Top each pasta with 2 ears. Add 2 olive slices to each as eyes and a pepper strip for a mouth. Serve with cheddar to sprinkle over.
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