Red meat provides the best source of iron for your baby and a baby’s requirements for iron are particularly high between 6 months and 2 years. To make the stock you could use a very diluted beef stock cube so that the salt level is very low. The sauteed red onion, leek, carrot and apple add a delicious flavour to this Bolognese
Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion, leek, grated carrot, celery and grated apple for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle with a little water after a few minutes and cover with a lid.
Meanwhile, brown the minced meat in a dry frying pan.
Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
Transfer the vegetables to a food processor , add the passata and whiz until blended.
Pour the tomato and vegetable sauce over the meat, add the stock and tomato puree and cook over a low heat for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile cook the pasta shells according to the packet instructions.
Once cooked, drain and toss with the sauce.
From 8 months