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Baby’s First Bolognese Sauce

Babies need iron from 6 months so recipes such as this classic baby-friendly beef Bolognese are great options to help up their intake during weaning.

Dairy-free
Nut-free
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 3 portions
Great for:  Healthy Baby Recipe & Meal Ideas 6-9 Months 9-12 Months Healthy Toddler Recipes & Meal Ideas 12-18 Months
Suitable for Freezing
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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