Oh bolognese, how we love you. It is hands-down one of the most popular comforting meals to sit down to and enjoy and has always been a family favourite especially with kids. This delicious and healthy bolognese recipe will help you sneak more veggies and nutrients in while keeping the kids happy and unaware. I mean any meal that can have kale added into it and be undetectable is an absolute winner in our eyes!
Serves 4-5 depending on portion sizing
Prep – 20mins Cooking time – 1 hour
1 onion, finely chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
2 large stalks of celery, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, finely chopped (or grated if trying to conceal even more)
2 cups kale, very finely chopped (can be substituted for spinach)
1 large zucchini, grated
500g grass fed beef mince
500g pasta of choice
2 x 400g cans diced tomatoes (no sugar low sodium preferably)
1 handful fresh basil
1 tbs good quality olive oil
2 dried bay leaves
1/3 tsp salt
1/3 tsp pepper
1 ½ tsp Italian herbs
1/4 tsp nutmeg
*optional, shaved parmeasan to serve
Add oil to large saucepan over medium-high heat, add onions, garlic, celery and carrots, stirring until softened. Add the mince and cook until brown.
Then add both diced tomato cans and water along with the Italian herbs, bay leaves, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until thickened. A small amount of additional water can be added if the sauce is thickening too quickly.
15 minutes before serving, cook chosen pasta according to packet instructions and add the kale, zucchini and fresh basil into the bolognese sauce *also remove the dried bay leaves from the sauce. As the kale and zucchini are grated and chopped so finely they do not need much cooking time at all and will retain all their nutrients when heated for as little amount of time as possible.
Serve with additional leaves of fresh basil and parmesan if desired.