When I’m picking up Miss 4 from preschool I never know what kind of mood she will be in…overtired and overexcited are two regular options. So I prefer wherever possible to have dinner prepared before I go to collect her. It avoids all out war. This veggie filled carbonara bake is an option that never fails to satisfy both the hunger and the desire for something familiar.
Pasta is always a dish that convinces the mini Kidgredients to eat and I have to admit I’m a fan myself. Using wholemeal pasta means this is more filling than using plain durum wheat pasta. Gluten free pasta works in this too, just make sure it is only al dente when added to the other ingredients as it could end up very soft.
Adapt as you need- this can have other veg that you prefer and would be delicious with grated cauliflower and chopped broccoli or even with asparagus and chopped zucchini. The bacon could also be switched for cooked chicken breast. Or that matter shredded cooked chicken (I’ve done it with leftover roast from the night before).
You want to make sure that the top of the bake ends up nice and crunchy, so if the ten minutes without the foil on top doesn’t achieve that for you…leave it in a bit longer. It’s the crunch that I love the most about this. It’s one of the best parts of dishing it up….you can accidentally swipe a few extra crunchy bits as they accidentally get stuck to the dish….
This dish is ideal to prepare during naptime or whilst your mini ones are distracted. It doesn’t take long and then dinner will only take 20 minutes in the oven!