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Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is a classic Italian dish that everyone loves, now your weaning tot can enjoy it too! Perfect for the whole family, this recipe is great for batch cooking too so that you can have it on hand whenever you want. It's a great lunchbox filler for the kids' school lunches too! 

Our top Mummy Cooks tip for quick and easy batch cooking is to pulse your vegetables in a food processor rather than spending ages peeling and chopping - you can thank us later!

Cook time: 35 minutes
Makes: 4-5 Adult portions

1 tbsp olive oil
60g pancetta, chopped
2 onions, finely chopped
4 celery stalks, finely chopped
4 carrots, finely chopped
4 tbsp oregano
900g quality minced beef
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp ground nutmeg
680g tomato passata
2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
4 tbsp tomato purée
200ml low salt beef stock
2 bay leaves

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan. Fry the pancetta until it begins to crisp. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Transfer the onions and pancetta to a large pan.
  2. Add the celery, carrots and oregano and sauté. Remove from the heat. Add to the large pan with the onions and pancetta.
  3. Return the pan to the heat. Add the mince, garlic and the nutmeg. Cook until the mince is browned.
  4. To the large pan add the browned mince, passata, chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, stock and bay leaves. Bring to the boil, mix through, reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  5. To thicken the sauce, either bring back to the boil, simmer and reduce, or stir in 1 tbsp of cornflour. Remove the bay leaves before serving. 
  6. For a baby not able for texture, blend the mince and serve with small pasta shapes.
Weaning and Storage
6-7 months - Smooth and slightly thicker puree, no lumps
7-8 months - Thicker puree with increased texture
8-9 months - Minced and mashed with soft lumps.
9-12 months – Minced and finely chopped.

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