Hidden Vegetable Bolognese

Hidden Vegetable Bolognese

Course: Kid-Friendly, Recipes, Vegetarian

This kid-friendly recipe blends a medley of vegetables and a hint of fruit into a rich, savory sauce. Packed with essential nutrients, it ensures a balanced meal that even picky eaters will love. Perfect for sneaking in extra veggies without compromising on flavor, this bolognese will quickly become a family favorite.


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 small leek, thinly sliced

  • ½ stick celery, diced

  • ¼ small red pepper, diced

  • 1 small carrot, peeled and grated

  • ½ apple, peeled, cored and grated

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 14 oz. chopped tomatoes

  • 1 lb. minced beef

  • 4 Tbsp. tomato puree

  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup

  • 9 oz. beef stock

  • ¼ tsp. dried oregano


  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sauté the vegetables, apple and garlic for 10 minutes, until soft.
  • Transfer to a blender and add the tomatoes. Whiz until smooth.
  • Wipe out the pan with a paper towel then add the minced beef and fry over medium-high heat, breaking the beef up with a wooden spoon, until browned. You may need to do this in two batches.
  • If your child likes a finer texture, transfer the browned beef to a food processor and whiz until well chopped.
  • Add the tomato and vegetable sauce to the beef.
  • Stir in the tomato puree, ketchup, stock and oregano. Bring to a simmer and cook for 40-45 minutes, until the sauce is thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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