A delicious bolognese, packed with vegetables, that the whole family can enjoy.
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Onions (brown, red or white) finely chopped
- 2 Celery Stalks finely chopped
- 2 Medium Carrots peeled and finely chopped
- 3 Garlic Cloves minced
- 500g / 1lb Lean Beef Mince (Ground Beef)
- 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
- 1 tbsp Dried Oregano
- 800g / 28oz Canned Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 small Eggplant (Aubergine) (around 400g/14oz) 1 cm / ½ inch cubed
- 2 Bay Leaves
Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery and carrots and saute for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Increase the heat to high, add the ground beef and continuously stir/ break down the meat until it is browned all over and broken down into nice small pieces. (This will take around 10 mins)
Add the oregano and tomato paste and mix with the meat. (for around 2 mins)
Add the canned tomatoes, eggplant and bay leaf bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for at least 1 hour, but if you have time aim for 2 - 2.5hrs to really bring the bolognese to another level!
If making this dish for adults / older children then season to taste at the end of cooking.
See the above post for ingredient substitutions, picky eater tips and storage instructions.
Nutritional Information is a ROUGH guide only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator.
Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 459mg | Potassium: 1327mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 5509IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 6mg