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    Annabel Karmel’s Hidden Vegetable Bolognese

    35-40 Minutes

    hard

    4

    Re-fuel after a busy day with my super-tasty Bolognese recipe which is packed full of those all-important veggies.  A great way towards their 5-a-day and those fussy veggie detectives will be none the wiser!

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    Ingredients

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    1tbsp olive oil
    1Small Onion Finely chopped
    1Small Leek Thinly sliced
    ½Sticky Celery Diced
    ½Small Red pepper Diced
    1Small Carrot Peeled and grated
    ½ Eating Apple Peeled and Grated
    1 Clove Garlic Crushed
    1X400g Tin Chopped Tomatoes
    450g (1lb) Minced Beef
    4tbsp Tomato Puree
    2tbsp Tomato Ketchup
    250ml Beef Stock
    ¼ Dried Oregano
    200g Spaghetti

    Directions

    1.

    Fry and blend

    Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sauté the vegetables, apple and garlic for 10 minutes until soft. Transfer to a blender and add the tomatoes, then whiz until smooth.
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    2.

    Mince

    Wipe out the pan with a piece of kitchen paper, then add the mince and fry over a medium-high heat, breaking the mince up with a wooden spoon, until browned (you may need to do this in two batches). If your child likes a finer texture you can transfer the browned mince to the food processor and whiz for a few seconds.
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    3.

    Simmer and serve

    Add the tomato and vegetable sauce to the mince and stir in the tomato purée, ketchup, stock, and oregano. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 to 30 minutes until the sauce is thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper (optional).
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    Notes

    Disclaimer: The views and advice given in this article are those of the guest writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Weaning Week or any other organisations represented on this platform

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