Cheesy Pumpkin Chives Spaghetti

By | 12/05/2016

Cheesy Pumpkin Chives Spaghetti

One of the fast easy lunch recipes is to prepare this cheesy pumpkin chives spaghetti and my son really loves it to the max. You only need to prepare the pumpkin puree before hand (do the work ONCE and for all), steam it until it softens, scrape off, mash it, store in the ice cube tray and freeze it for up to a month for the convenience of later use.

steamed and scraped pumpkin

 

pumpkin puree

Ingredients

25 counts Animal-shaped spaghetti (Depends on your child’s appetite, I was using Pasta Zara Spaghetti)

1 clove of garlic

1 slice of cheddar cheese

1 cube of pumpkin puree

50 ml water

sprinkle of chopped chives

sprinkle of black pepper

Fast easy steps:

  1. Add spaghetti to salted boiling water, cook for 4-6 minutes to taste.
  2. Heat the oil in another small frying pan, when it is hot, fry the crushed garlic until fragrant.
  3. When the spaghetti is soften, transfer the spaghetti into the small pan. Pour in water and tear the cheese into smaller pieces. throw in 1 cube of de-frozen pumpkin puree. Stir them to become a thick pumpkin cheesy soup.
  4. Lastly, season with some black pepper to taste and top it with chopped chives.

steps in cooking cheesy pumpkin chives spaghetti

If it is too plain for your toddler, you can fry a scramble egg or ham to serve with the pumpkin cheesy spaghetti. An organic egg will add up the nutritional value of this healthy recipe.

 

The benefits of these ingredients:

Garlic

  • contains a compound called Allicin which is responsible for its strong and delicious taste. It is famous for its health and medicinal properties
  • can fight sickness including the common cold, according to a 12-week study in 2001, the result showed that a daily garlic supplement could reduce the number of colds by 63% compared with placebo.
  • help to boost immune system
  • contains antioxidants that prevent cancer
  • improve bone health
  • live longer

Pumpkin

  • Contains over 200% recommended daily intake of vitamin A – antioxidant beta-carotene
  • rich source of dietary fiber
  • excellent source of minerals like copper, calcium, potasium and pho
  • boost immune system
  • improve eyesight

Cheese

  • Good source of calcium
  • provides protein
  • contains essential vitamins and minerals for the growth of children

Chives

  • pungent flavor and contains medicinal properties
  • low in calories
  • high in vitamins and minerals
  • antioxidants
  • improve appetite, sleep and mood.

Very good right? Start incorporating these ingredients in your cooking for the health benefits of your children and family.

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2 thoughts on “Cheesy Pumpkin Chives Spaghetti

  1. Lu Hall

    Hi Jenna, This looks quick and awesome – except for the part about processing the pumpkin from scratch. I was thinking I’d use organic canned pumpkin purée instead and I was wondering what the measurement would be? Any idea? Also like the idea of adding an egg, but what is a green egg? Thanks!

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  2. Jenna Post author

    Hi Lu Hall! Thank you for your interest in this quick recipe. Yeah, for sure you can use the organic canned pumpkin puree, it is just that you will be 100% sure of having pure pumpkin when you steam and freeze it yourself for later use, it is just one-time job, but I understand that we want it to be more convenient, so either way that you prefer actually. As for the measurement, some small kids do not like to have the rich taste of pumpkin, so it is totally up to your kid’s liking. I normally put 2 tablespoons in it to cook this spaghetti. Green eggs are organic eggs without antibiotics, probably I should just use “organic” instead of “green”, thank you dear!

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