Over the course of 2 weeks, our family was hit with a terribly nasty tummy bug. Three out of four of us were knocked down for 36 hours each, with fevers raging around 104 degrees F. I won’t go into details but suffice it to say, we each found ourselves cozying up to the porcelain. My twins were so weak and fragile looking as they battled this mean ole’ tummy bug. It’s amazing how vulnerable they looked even though they are no longer tiny babies.
When an intestinal illness hits or when tummies are just not feeling right, it’s difficult to keep your kiddos hydrated and taking in some form of sustenance. A favorite yet simple and comforting “remedy” in my house is a broth with pasta and ginger. Making and/or serving a full fledged soup is not worth the time; it’s best to keep things simple so as not to upset the stomach any further.
This warm “soup” recipe would be a great way to introduce texture and get tiny little fingers pinching into finger foods. You can drain off the broth if you want or be brave and let baby dive right in, liquid and all.
Simple Pasta Soup – Really, it’s so simple you’ll wonder why I even bothered to post a “recipe”!
Low Sodium Chicken Broth – 3 or 4 cups (Pacific Naturals is a brand we like)
1 1/2 cups Acini de Pepe pasta or Ditalini – I use acini de pepe
Ginger – fresh and minced or from a jar
Pinch of garlic
Add broth to a medium sauce pot and bring to a gentle boil
Add pasta and return to boil
Add ginger and garlic and whisk to combine
Turn heat down to medium and cook for 10 minutes or until pasta is done
Turn heat down to low and simmer for an additional 5 minutes
You may wish to strain out any ginger bits if you will be offering this to your baby
Add bits of shredded meat, peas, carrots, or even cooked butternut squash cubes.