I also cook it at home a lot, towards the end of my pregnancy we were eating it at least once a week. I am a junkie when it comes to chicken parm.
But once Little Guy came along I had to break up with pasta, meatballs and chicken parm because of the red sauce. From my past experiencing anything with tomato sauce is the worst thing for my breastfeeding and it really upsets the baby. So for the last 10 weeks I have not had any pasta or my beloved chicken parm. I am going through some serious withdrawal. If I had to choose 1 thing to eat for the rest of my life it would either be pasta or chicken parm, so this has been rough on me.
I did have fettuccine Alfredo with grilled shrimp the other night, I figured that was safe since it was not red sauce and that proved to be true. It was delicious but not a replacement for the good stuff.
Guy on the other hand has been totally unfazed by our lack of Italian food. He is not into Italian food the way I am and could do without pasta, red sauce etc! However he has a love affair with Mexican food! And he is Italian! Can you figure that one out?
So let me close by giving you a link to an amazing recipe for meatballs and sauce that I saw on the TV at the gym. Ironic I know. But any who this recipe is so good and a nice decadent treat every now and then, maybe I will make it for my first post-breastfeeding dinner.
Also you can use whatever kind of pasta you want, I usually skip the bucatini and use ziti. I also used this sauce for stuffed shells at Christmas with the meatballs on the side. It was a hit! Yes I am one of those foodie people who totally takes pictures of food all the time.
xoxo - Mellycup