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Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta for Babies | Pasta Sauce Recipe

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I love this time of year. The cooler days, the darker evenings, the trips to the pumpkin patch. Of course, the boys have wanted to visit the patch every weekend so I have ended up with tons of pumpkin to use up. we’ve tried to think of loads of different ways to use it up which is how this cheesy pumpkin pasta recipe was created.

Gooey and cheesy, this indulgent pumpkin pasta sauce is suitable for babies as well as the whole family. It uses only a few simple ingredients and is a super easy recipe to make a quick lunch or dinner for your baby or the whole family.

cheesy pumpkin pasta in a bowl

Pumpkin for babies

Is pumpkin on your list of foods you want to offer to baby, but have no idea what to do with it? Don’t worry, I have tons of ideas of what to use pumpkin for.

Technically a fruit, pumpkins are planted between May and July and are ready to harvest in October – hence why they are very much associated with Halloween and harvest.

The health benefits of offering pumpkin to your baby are plentiful:

  • Rich in antioxidants which enhances the immune system – very much needed during the cold autumn and winter months!
  • Contains calcium and magnesium which help build strong teeth and bones
  • Rich in phosphorus which is great for digestion and brain health
  • Pumpkins contain tryptophan that helps the body produce serotonin. This amino acid helps induce calmness and drowsiness which could help your baby sleep better! (A huge reason to feed pumpkin errrryday!)
Felix eating the cheesy pumpkin pasta

How to make pumpkin puree

This recipe requires half a cup of pumpkin puree, and maybe you’re wondering – how on earth do I make it?!

Naturally, I have a blog post detailing the whole process and once you have gutted your pumpkin and yielded a huge bowl of pumpkin puree, you’ll be able to try every single pumpkin based recipe I have posted on the blog!

Read the post: How to make pumpkin puree

What sort of pasta should I serve this cheesy pumpkin pasta with?

There are SO many types of pasta, it can be confusing to decide on which one is best for your baby.

With both Dexter and Felix, we used either penne, fusilli or spaghetti. Penne and fusilli are great for baby to practise using their pincer grip, whereas we find that spaghetti just gets shoved in any which way!

Felix eating the cheesy pumpkin pasta

Related Post: 20+ Baby Led Weaning Pasta Recipes

Can this pumpkin pasta sauce recipe be altered to suit my taste?

Absolutely! Add a pinch of chilli flakes or some fresh basil to give it a richer taste. Of course you can also add salt if that’s your thing, but I’d definitely recommend leaving it out for your baby.

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Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta for Babies

Cheesy pumpkin pasta in the baking dish and bowl next to a huge pumpkin

Heavenly, cheesy pumpkin pasta that is suitable for babies. Quick to make and super scrummy for your baby

Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 50 grams sharp cheddar (grated)
  • 100ml cream
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree


  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.
  2. When butter is fully melted, add the flour and combine throughly with a wooden spoon so it doesn't stick.
  3. When combined, it'll form a paste, at this point, you can add the cream and continue to stir the sauce together.
  4. Add the grated cheese and let it melt in the sauce, it'll begin to thicken up.
  5. Stir in the pumpkin puree and add the pepper.
  6. Keep the sauce simmering on low, until it's as thick as you'd like and then serve with cooked pasta.
  7. Make sure the pumpkin pasta sauce is cooled fully before serving to baby.
Dexter and Nicola in the park

Author: Nicola Hughes

Nicola has weaned both of her boys using the baby led weaning method. She loves nothing better than creating simple recipes that anyone can recreate, using as few ingredients as possible. All of her recipes have been tried and tested by both Dexter and Felix and have their seal of approval!

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Monday 6th of November 2023

Can this sauce be frozen?


Wednesday 26th of April 2023

Made this for my 10m old she loved it. Also mixed in some tuna to add some protein and she devoured it. Thanks for a great easy to follow recipe

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