Broccoli ‘Cream’ Pasta with Prawn Balls

This recipe is a great one to share with your little one, and also a great way to keep up allergy exposure to shellfish. You can also just offer your little one the prawn balls – which are GF and EF so a great way to introduce prawns (shellfish) if you haven’t already.

Able to be frozen: no 

Broccoli Cream Pasta with Prawn Balls

GF | EF | NF | RSF
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4


  • 1 Steamer
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Pasta Pot
  • 1 Knife


  • 225g broccoli florets (roughly one head)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 30g  shallot - using only the green part 
  • 5 anchovies + 1 tsp anchovy oil (anchovies preserved in olive oil) 20g parmesan 
  • 1 cup  + 1/4 hot steaming water from the broccoli 
  • 250g  pasta of choice*

Prawn Balls Ingredients

  • 250g  prawns
  • 20g  spring onion - whites only 
  • 1 tbsp  tapioca 
  • 1 tsp  lemon juice 
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon 
  • 1 tsp   cooking oil/fat of choice 


  • Slice the florets from the broccoli stem, rinse and place into a steamer to steam until just soft 
  • Add the steamed broccoli to a blender with the avocado, diced shallots, anchovies and anchovy oil, parmesan and the hot steaming liquid.
  • Blend until smooth. Season with salt to taste if serving for older children and adults
  • Cook pasta in boiling water to serve 

To make the prawn balls

  • If using frozen prawns, soak them in water for 15 minutes to defrost 
  • Smash the prawns with the back of a knife, then finely chop and add them to a small bowl 
  •  Finely dice the white of the shallot, adding to the prawns with the tapioca flour, lemon juice and lemon zest and mix well 
  •  Preheat a frying pan over a medium heat, adding in the cooking oil/fat 
  • Once the pan is hot, roll the mixture into rough balls in your hand before frying for roughly 3 minutes, until cooked within 


AGE APPROPRIATE: When on 3 meals a day and tolerating fish/shellfish/dairy OR you can just serve the prawn balls to babies on 2 meals a day.
* You could also change the protein here to white fish, chicken or beef
* We would recommend a pulse pasta like this for added protein which is GF.
Recipe for Boob to Food by Jane Houston 
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