First egg yolk recipe: pastina with zucchini

Recent pediatric studies suggest that the whole egg can be introduced in a baby’s diet starting from 6 months of age (the previous recommendation was 9 months for the yolk and 12 months for the white!!) Considering the ingredients, this recipe is suitable for babies starting from 6M of age, you will just need to puree everything to obtain a smooth puree consistency. This is the recipe that I prepared for my little Alex when I gave him his first egg yolk. He really liked it and I hope your little one will do the same 🙂

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A baby size pasta with a zucchini  and egg yolk sauce. Creamy and tasty.
I also use this recipe when someone in the family is sick (maybe a bad cold) as it is very comforting.

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We start with the zucchini. Grate them finely in order to reduce the zucchini in a raw puree’.


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Divide the yolk from the egg white.

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Turn the heat on at medium and place the vegetable broth in a small pan.

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When the vegetable broth is boiling, add the zucchini pulp and let it cook for 3 minutes

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It’s time to add the pastina and let it cook for the cooking time indicated on the packaging (usually, considering that pastina is a small size pasta, it is something between 5 and 8 minutes).

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Which kind of pastina to pick? there are so many shapes and sizes! By the way, “pastina” in Italian means “small pasta” 🙂 My suggestion is to choose the pastina size following your baby’s needs. If he is still in a very smooth and almost liquid diet, a very small pastina size will be fine. If he is already eating small pieces of food a bigger size will be better.

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Once the pastina is cooked you can turn off the burner and immediately add the egg yolk and stir for 1/2 minutes. The pasta&zucchini heat will cook the yolk and the stirring will turn the yolk in a cream.

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Last touch to give an extra taste: add the Extra virgin oil of olive and the Parmesan cheese and mix.

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Et voila’, your first egg yolk recipe is ready to be tasted by your little one.

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Recommendations about when giving eggs to babies are changing. Many pediatricians are now suggesting to start with eggs (the whole egg!) even at 6 months. I preferred to follow the safe way and wait 9 months. Check with your pediatrician what you think it is better for your baby!

If you want to prepare homemade vegetable broth, check this video too!!


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5 Responses to First egg yolk recipe: pastina with zucchini

  1. Sana khan July 25, 2017 at 1:22 am #

    I made this with bone broth, a whole egg (since my LO has had egg before), used quinoa instead of pastina, added ghee and some curry powder. My picky eating son loves it so much! I tell all my mommy friends to make this for their kid.

    • Barbara Lamperti July 30, 2017 at 8:43 am #

      Those are all wonderful additions/substitutions to the recipe!! I love the fact that you liked it and made it your own way!!! Ciao!! b


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