Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Creamy Organic Beefy Pumpkin Baked Pasta with Asparagus

I remember one of the fave dishes which I liked to cook when we first moved in to our place was baked rice & pasta. However, it has never reappeared from my kitchen since then. Oh ya! The reason being that I had a bad encounter which kind of discouraged me from preparing it again. Due to wear & tear, my oven glove 'gave way'. As I was removing a casserole from my oven, I felt a sudden sharp stinging pain. The 'thinned' glove wasn't protecting me from the scalding hot casserole. Instanteously, my fingers succuumbed to the heat & I dropped it, only missing the oven door by inches. There it was, our dinner & my fave casserole shattered, on the floor. Somehow, from then on, I stopped making them. Today's the day to conquer my phobia & I am glad I did.

Ingredients (serve 1 toddler + 1 adult):

100g of organic beef
100g of organic pumpkin, diced into big chunks
3 small purple onions
1 clove of garlic
3 stalks of thick asparagus, sliced
100g of organic pasta
1 tbsp of shredded organic cheddar cheese (exclude toppings for the pasta)
1 tbsp of shredded Parmesan cheese (exclude toppings for the pasta)


1. Cook pasta in a pot of simmering water till just tender. Drain & leave aside.

2. Steam all the remaining ingredients, excluding the asparagus & cheeses, for 15 minutes (I'm using my Avent Combined Steamer & Blender).

3. Preheat oven to 200°C.

4. Once the 15 minutes is up, add the cheeses & blend to desired consistency. 

5. Pour over cooked pasta, add in the asparagus & mix well.

6. Transfer to ramekins then top generously with more of both cheeses (ratio of cheddar to parmesan is 1:4 as cheddar tends to be saltier).

7. Bake for 15 minutes or until top is golden. Scoop out & serve warm.

There's always a fail-proof way of knowing if my boy likes a particular dish - he'll ask for it the moment he has swallowed the previous mouthful. &, this beyond any doubt was one that he certainly enjoys..lolz! The sweet pumpkin sauce & the roasty fragrance from both the dual salty cheeses complemented each other well. Given a choice, I would have used mozzarella instead of cheddar but since it was an impromptu decision & I only had these 2 cheeses in my freezer, I just had to make do with them. Mmmm, imagine the cheese oozing in every mouthful...oooooh, NICE! Well, the mission during my next trip to the supermarket will definitely be to search for a healthy mozzarella ~.^

Beneficial Combinations:

Beef + Pumpkin = Tonifying spleen & replenishing qi as well as detoxify & alleviate pain

Garlic + Onion = Detoxification & anti-cancer effects


  1. Luckily you weren't scalded by the hot casserole!

    Your latest creation looks so fabulous! I wanna try introducing asparagus to my little one too! :D

    Thanks for this recipe. :)

    1. Yes, it was indeed a blessing in disguise!

      Tqvm for ur kind compliment =) Asparagus has been one of my boy's fave..hope ur LO'll like it too ~.^

      The pleasure's mine ;)

  2. HI Celine,

    Any luck in finding healthy mozzarella cheese frm e supermkt?


    1. Hi, Jessica!

      Sad to say, not really :( Will update again once I've found the ideal one ;)

  3. Hi, Jessica!

    Good news for u..I've found it ;) U can try Arla Mozzarella which is made from 100% natural ingredients. It can be found at NTUC outlets.

    Happie Grubbing!