Spaghetti Bolognese

If your child won’t eat vegetables then spaghetti bolognese recipe is a good way to hide them. The apple is an unusual ingredient but adds a sweetness that children love.

This recipe is ideal for babies of seven months or older. Take notice that it has tomatoes. Some pediatricians allow babies to eat tomatoes after reaching the year old.

Always use fresh vegetables. They are rich in vitamins which are lost when vegetables are not so fresh. Whenever possible, try to use organic groceries. Taste is very different and they are healthier.

This is a hearty, rustic and warming dish, very simple to make, and perfect for a cold winter day. The sauce is also perfect for making layers in lasagna and can be made suitable for vegetarians by just taking away the mince and replacing it with a few extra peppers and mushrooms. With more than five different vegetables, this is a cheap and healthy recipe.


  • 450g/1lb minced beef
  • 250ml/9 fl oz beef stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small leak, thinly sliced
  • ½ stick celery, diced
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and grated
  • ½ eating apple, peeled, cored, and grated
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 x 400g/14oz tin chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano


Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sauté the vegetables, apple and garlic for 10 minutes, until soft. Add a teaspoon of butter for extra taste. Transfer to a blender and add the tomatoes then whiz until smooth. You can avoid using a blender. If you chop and slice vegetables very small and thin, you can leave the vegetables “visible” but easy to accept for a kid, give the dish some colour.

Wipe the pan out with a piece of kitchen paper then add the mince and fry over a medium to high heat, breaking the mince up with a wooden spoon until everything is browned (you may need to do this in two batches). Make sure every piece of mince is brown; this will assure you that it is well done. If your child likes a finer texture then you can transfer the browned mince to a food processor and whiz until well chopped.

Add the tomato and vegetable sauce to the mince then stir in the tomato puree, and stock. Season with ketchup and oregano. Bring to a simmer and cook for 40-45 minutes, until the sauce is thick. Add salt and pepper. Be careful with pepper, since it can give the meal a strong taste, and kids normally prefer softer tastes.

Boil spaghettis or pasta of your choice, until in tender. Dry in a colander, and serve in a plate with enough sauce on it. Serve pasta and sauce with a rain of parmesan on top.

This recipe is calculated for 6 servings, and it is suitable for freezing.

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