Spaghetti Bolognese with Hidden Vegetables
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 small stalk of celery, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • ½ red bell pepper, finely diced
  • ½ apple, cored, peeled and grated
  • 1 clove of garlic, pressed
  • 1 14oz/400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 lb./500g ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup/250ml beef or vegetable stock
  • ½ teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves, chopped finely
  • 1-2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  1. Melt the butter in a large pan and add the onion. Saute until translucent and add the vegetables, apple and garlic. Saute for another 10 minutes or until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, brown the ground beef in a separate pan breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
  3. If you want the veggies completely hidden then transfer them to a blender, add tomatoes, and blend until smooth. If your child likes a really fine texture then you can also add the beef and blend as well.
  4. If not blending, add the beef to vegetables and tomatoes and stir in tomato paste, stock and oregano.
  5. Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for 40-45 minutes until sauce is thickened.
  6. Add fresh basil and season to taste with balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper.
  7. Serve over spaghetti and top with parmesan cheese.
Recipe by My Little Gourmet at