No Nasties, Baby & Toddler Friendly Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese is a huge favourite in our house, even before Baby Duck was born! So it was important to us that we find a delicious recipe that we can all enjoy whilst not exposing Baby Duck to the huge amounts of salt and sugar that you find in your ordinary shop bought sauce.

After months of experimenting, trail and error, I believe we have it! We LOVE this new sauce recipe and now have no reason at all to go back to the regular shop bought jars. This recipe is salt free, sugar free and chemical free so is suitable for babies as well as toddlers. I would feed happy giving this sauce to your little one's from six months onwards!

It's important to know when to start giving your baby solids and what is best to feed them at each age. I would not recommend this recipe for any baby under 6 months. Find out more about weaning and baby's first foods

Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red pepper
1 large onion
4 cloves garlic
3-4 carrots
1 TSP mixed herbs
1 tin tomato puree - sugar/salt free (142g)
2 tins chopped tomatoes - sugar/salt free

Method

Start by chopping up your ingredients into small chunks and grating the carrots to help them to cook faster.

Add the olive oil to a hot pan and stir fry the mixed herbs with the chopped pepper, onion, garlic and carrots for about 5 mins or until the onions are translucent.

Stir in the tomato puree until it is has covered the rest of the ingredients evenly.

Reduce the heat and add the chopped tomatoes, stirring well.

Simmer for about 30 mins, stirring occasionally.

If you like a lumpier texture to your sauce, then it is ready to go! But if like us, you prefer less texture in your sauce, you can blitz it with the food processor until it looks a little more like the sauce you buy from the shop in a jar. And this way, no one will ever know that there are veggies in their spag bol!

We usually split the sauce into two or three servings and put it in the freezer for another day for a nice, quick and easy meal prep! This can also be used to make lasagna or other tomato based pasta dishes.

You can also try adding different vegetables to your sauce to sneak those nutrients into your family meals. Try celery, courgette, mushrooms and aubergine!

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