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Baby’s First Bolognese Sauce

Red meat is rich in iron, which is important for supporting your baby’s growth and immune system. This recipe for Baby’s First Bolognese Sauce is a great option to help up your little one’s iron intake during weaning.

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Ingredients

1 tbsp vegetable oil
50g onion, finely chopped
20g celery, chopped
1 small clove garlic, crushed
1 medium carrot (approx 85g), peeled and grated
100g lean minced beef
150ml passata
100ml unsalted stock or boiling water
¼ tsp fresh thyme leaves or a pinch of dried thyme
3 tbsp baby pasta shapes

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 1 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 sauce, boiling water or stock and add the thyme.
  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 baby pasta according to the packet instructions.
  8. Drain and mix with the Bolognese sauce.

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