Baby’s First Bolognese Sauce

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Babies are born with an iron store that lasts for about 6 months, and a baby’s iron requirements are particularly high between the ages of 6 months and 2 years. This is a critical time for the growth of the brain, and a lack of iron can lead to impaired mental and physical development. 1 in 5 babies aged 10 to 12 months is deficient in iron.
When iron stores are low, less of the oxygen carrying pigment haemoglobin is made, and less oxygen gets to the brain, resulting in difficulty concentrating and a shortened attention span. A lack of iron can also make you feel tired.

Baby's First Bolognese Sauce
Prep
10 minutes
Cook
25 minutes
Best for
Makes
3 portions
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 50g finely chopped onion
  • 20g chopped celery
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium carrot (approx 85g), peeled and grated
  • 100 g lean minced beef
  • 150 ml Passata
  • 100 ml unsalted stock or boiling water
  • ¼ tsp fresh thyme leaves or a pinch of dried thyme
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 3 tbsp Annabel Karmel's Mini Pasta Shells

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion and celery over a low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Add the grated carrot and sauté for 4 minutes.
  3. In a separate pan, dry fry the minced beef until browned, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add to the onion and carrot. Pour over the tomato and basil sauce, boiling water or stock and add the thyme and pinch of sugar.
  5. Cover and cook over a low heat for about 12 minutes.
  6. Remove from the pan and pulse for a second or two in a blender to make a smoother texture.
  7. Meanwhile, cook the shell pasta according to the packet instructions.
  8. Drain and mix with the Bolognese sauce.

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  • This is such a fantastic recipe!  Both my kids loved it and I always recommend this to all my mommy friends.

    abicloet
    30 May 2011

  • What is passata? Is it a brand name of tomato puree or something else? I don’t it’s available in my country, so can i substitute it with just tomato puree/paste? thanks

    zal1276
    14 Oct 2010

  • My son absolutely loves this recipe. He’s a very fussy eater but he doesn’t fuss at all when I make this

    shafaq
    29 Sep 2010

  • This is one of my 15mth old daughter’s favourite recipes, and has been since she was old enough to eat it. I sometimes use different vegetables (what ever is in the fridge) - sweet potato, brocolli, zuchinni, sometimes different herbs, but follow the rest of the recipe. It always turns out great!

    gerrim
    06 Feb 2009