Annabel Karmel’s Hidden Vegetable Bolognese

35-40 Minutes



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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Adjust Servings
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



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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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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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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