This Red Pepper Baby Food Puree recipe is a smooth, creamy and naturally sweet puree that is loaded with vitamin A, B6 and C. Great baby food for 4+ months and up (Stage 1 Baby Food).
Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Red Pepper Puree
Red bell peppers made into baby food?
Delicious? For sure!
This is one of those easy and delicious purees that I would have never thought to make because it isn’t found on any grocery store shelf. Yet you can make it in less than 20 minutes, and it can be served to baby from 4 months of age and up.
And look at that amazing bright red color 😋!
This puree is loaded with vitamin A, B6, and vitamin C, a good source of folate. When paired with a little white potato, apple, or pear, it turns into a creamy, smooth, and deliciously perfect starter puree for any baby!
First time making homemade baby food? Then, I would suggest that you start by reading my very in-depth Guide on how to Make Homemade Baby Food – which goes over all the important information such as the best cooking tools to have on hand, safe storage, how to know when baby is ready for solids, how to introduce purees, the best first foods for baby, and more! You can also check out my best-selling cookbookfor even more information and recipes!
Reasons to Love this Red Pepper Baby Puree
- baby food for 4 months and up
- stage 1 baby food
- smooth and creamy texture
- easy to make – 2-ingredients
- healthy – a good source of folate and high in vitamin A, B6 and C
- great taste
- Red Peppers: are the star of the show! Naturally sweetened with a bit of citrus twist. Just so we are on the same page, we are talking about red bell peppers here, not about the spicy serrano or pimento peppers 😉.
- Potato, Apple, or Pear: you will need to add in a small handful of white potato, apple or pear into this puree to give it a little body as peppers by themselves can become pretty liquidy after being cooked. The potato gives a fuller body while apple or pear plays on the red peppers’ sweeter side.
COST PER OUNCE
Red Peppers are typically easy to find in almost any grocery store year-round. The average price for one red pepper is $1.33 for conventional or $1.99 for organic.
If we do some math, this puree ranges in price from $0.23 – $0.32 per ounce.
Red Pepper Puree Costs (on average) – $0.27 per ounce
Benefits of Red Peppers for Baby
- high in carotenoids that help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
- good quantities of beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin to support healthy eyes.
- high amounts of vitamin A help improve immunity.
- is a good source of vitamin B6 which may help improve one’s mood..
- Prep: roughly core and chop red peppers and potato, pear or apple.
- Steam: place the red pepper chunks into a steamer basket over boiling water, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until tender.
- Blend: let cool slightly and then transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.
- Eat: serve or freeze for another meal.
HOW TO STORE RED PEPPER PUREE
You can store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
This puree can be frozen for up to 4 months.
- Spoon puree into a freezer storage container (this is my favorite freezer storage container) – do not overfill.
- Place the lid on the storage container or cover with a piece of saran wrap and label with date and recipe name.
- Place the tray into the freezer and let freeze completely – preferably overnight.
- Pop-out the baby food cubes and place in a zip-lock baggie or stasher bag – don’t forget to re-label the baggie or stager bag for future reference.
Need more information on how to store your baby foods – head over to my Best Baby Food Storage Containers – Plus 6 Tips on Freezing and Thawing post!
Label Tip: Don’t forget to label your purees before you place them in the fridge or freezer with the name of the puree and the date you made it. Take it from me, you will completely forget when and what is in your freezer by the end of the week… because you know… mommy brain;).
WHEN CAN BABY EAT RED PEPPERS?
Baby can have red peppers as one of their first foods. When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age. Some of the developmental milestones babies need to reach in order to start solids include: if baby has solid control of their head and neck, if baby has doubled in weight, and if baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat (see my guide here). Before you start baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.
GREAT RED PEPPER Stage 2 PUREES
While Red Pepper Baby Food is great by itself, it’s also super easy to mix and match with other nutrient-dense baby food purees. For a Stage Two puree give these fun flavor combos a try!
More Ways to Serve this Puree
- Mix in some plain whole milk yogurt for a creamy soup-like puree.
- Steam an apple and a handful of spinach along with the red peppers for a yummy combination puree.
- Mix together the puree, brown rice along with some shredded chicken for a tasty finger food meal for baby.
- Mix with some pasta, parsley and grated cheese for a delightful meal.
- Steamer Basket
- Blender or Food Processor
- Storage Containers for Fridge
- Freezer Tray
- Stasher Bag
- White Bowl
- Yellow Spoon
Red Pepper Baby Puree
- 2 red bell peppers deseeded, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup small white potato, pear or apple peeled and roughly chopped
Red Pepper with Potato
- Cook: In a medium saucepan, bring 2″ of water to a boil. If using a potato, place it in a steamer basket and steam for 10 minutes. Add in the red peppers and steam for another 5-7 minutes or until tender. Reserve steamer water. Let cool slightly. Purees as directed below.
Red Pepper with Apple or Pear
- Cook: In a medium saucepan, bring 2″ of water to a boil. Add the peppers and apple or pears to a steamer basket, cover and steam for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Reserve steamer water. Let cool slightly.
- Add to Blender: Add in all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor.
- Puree: starting on low and increasing speed to high, puree for 1 minute or until completely smooth, adding in a tablespoon of water in at a time if needed.
- Eat: serve to baby or freeze for a future meal.