Bolognese sauce

Let's make bolognese sauce

Prep time
10 minutes
Cooking time
40 minutes

1 medium carrot

1 medium onion

1 clove of garlic

1 stick of celery

250-300g minced beef

1 large (400g) tin chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 heaped tsp dried herbs

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional)

Ground black pepper

100ml water or reduced salt stock

Chopping board


Saucepan and lid

Tin opener

Wooden spoon

Tablespoon and teaspoon

Measuring jug

Bolognese sauce

Peel and chop the carrot, onion and garlic into small pieces. Remove coarse stringy bits from the celery, chop into small pieces.

Chopping vegetables

Add the minced beef to the saucepan and cook over a medium heat until the meat has browned, stirring all the time. Drain off the fat. Add the vegetables; continue to cook for 5 minutes.

Adding vegetables to the pan

Stir in the tomatoes, dried herbs, black pepper, tomato puree and balsamic vinegar and simmer gently with the lid on for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add a little water or reduced salt stock if the sauce is too thick.

bolognese sauce
Serving suggestions
  • Serve with spaghetti or pasta shapes. Add a side salad and top with a little grated cheese to give an even better balance
  • Mash or chop the sauce more finely for babies
  • Vegetarian alternative: use 250-300g Quorn or soya mince instead of beef. Frozen and refrigerated Quorn and soya mince can be used like minced meat; check packet for cooking times
  • Leftovers or extra portions can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. To reheat, slowly bring it to the boil in a pan until piping hot all the way through. Bolognese sauce also freezes well
Top tips
  • 100ml stock needs only part of a stock cube: check packet instructions to work out how much to use
  • Remove your baby’s portion before adding stock to the sauce
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