Baby food - Shepherd's pie

Comfort food is a wonderful thing and I like to cook it. My youngest son is 8-months-old now and ready for eating food with soft chunks in it - a step up from purees - so that he can practice chewing (even though he's still completely toothless!). I made him this blend of beef and veggies that tastes just like shepherd's pie. The whole house smelled yummy when it was baking in the oven, and he loved every bite from his tiny spoon.

Here's how I made it:

1/2 lb lean ground beef
4 1/2 cups potato, peeled and chopped into chunks
2 cups carrot, peeled and chopped into rounds
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup peas (I used frozen)
2 cups water

While the oven preheated to 375 degrees (F), I assembled my beef, potato, carrot, onion, and peas in a large ceramic casserole dish.

I covered my casserole dish with foil (so that the veggies would retain their moisture) and popped it in the oven for 45 minutes until the veggies were fork tender.

Next, I scooped all my cooked beef and veggies into my blender and added the water. There was enough food that I needed to do this in two steps, so I added one cup of water each time. Then I used the chop feature on my blender so that it ended up with a soft, chunky consistency. This step could also be done with a food processor or, if aiming for a smoother consistency, pureed in a blender.

Some of this baby food went right into a container in the fridge to be used within a couple days. The rest was spooned into silicone muffin trays and popped in the freezer for future meals. I store the blocks in freezer bags once they're frozen and warm them up in a small saucepan at mealtime.

I love feeding the baby. His enthusiasm, his little kicking feet, his mmms! He can't say thanks yet but he sure shows it. And those are the moments I cook for.

Are you feeding a baby these days? What is your little one enjoying from their tiny spoon? Got tips for making baby food? Share away!


  1. Mmmm...shepherd's pie. We've had to abort the spoon, she is just not into being fed these days so she is getting what we have in smaller chunks. Makes it easier on me at mealtime but then I worry if she's getting enough. She seems to eat more than the 2 year old though!

  2. My hubby and I made this today. Wonderful recipe. We added a bit of squash to it (as we had some in the fridge). The wee babe liked it immediately. I think she just needs to get used to the consistency since this is her first "chunky" meal. She's also 8 months but has 8 teeth. We're going to try the lentil dish next. My hubby says the baby eats better than us!! Thanks so much and looking forward to more recipes to come.

  3. TTF - It's neat how babies all have their own instincts with food. Sometimes I'd like to go spoon-free too!

    Bluebird - I'm glad your wee one liked it! 8 teeth, wow! She'll be eating corn on the cob before you know it :)

  4. I got a kick out of your frozen dinners picture. So cute! And I can't wait to try this recipe on my son, Vincent.

  5. This looks great! I have a five-month old who I'm attempting to start on solids. It's not going so well... He is ok with rice cereal because I basically liquify it with breast milk, but mashed banana, mashed avocado, and apple puree did not go so well. It seems like as soon as anything has any texture to it whatsoever, he immediately spits it out. Ugh!

  6. We make shepherd's pie for us a lot, I don't know why I didn't think to puree it for my son. He's 12 months now, with no teeth yet, so he doesn't like the chunkier foods. I really wanted to wait as long as I could before starting him on non-breast milk foods. I started him on cereal when he was about 8 months, then veggies at about 9 months, then fruits at 10 months. He definately loves his veggies more than the fruit, I think most of it is too tart or sweet for him. He's having fun trying new foods, tonight he had chicken noodle soup, just a pureed, un-salted version of what we had for dinner. It's pretty gross when it's all blended together, but he seemed to like it.

  7. Hi Amy - This looks great! I'd love to try it with my 7 month old little guy who so far hasn't had beef yet only chicken purees. Question: When you bake the lean ground beef in the oven, is there a lot of oil that comes off of it? Does the oil effect the other veggies? Definitely not worried about the little guy getting getting some of the oil, just wondering if there was so much that you had to strain it?

    1. Hi Jessica - No straining required. The small amount of rendered fat can be blended right in with the veggies.
      Happy baby food making!
      - Amy

  8. This particular appears excellent! I've the five-month aged that I am trying to start solids. It isn't heading therefore nicely... He's okay along with grain cereal simply because We essentially liquify this along with breasts whole milk, however mashed banana, mashed avocado, as well as apple company blend didn't proceed therefore nicely. It appears as though the moment something offers any kind of consistency into it in any way, he or she instantly spits this away. Grrr!

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