Makes 3-4 family meal serves or many single serves

This is a basic Bolognese recipe which makes a lot of sauce. The idea is to freeze extra family or toddler size serves, to have something healthy and quick on hand for those days when time just slips away. Over time, more variation can be added, with carrot, celery or anything. The recipe also works equally well with half of the ingredients if you want smaller batches.

Ingredients

1 medium red onion and 2 garlic cloves (cut very finely using a hand held blender –then the kiddies can’t pick all the onion out)

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (good quality)

500 g veal mince or pork minced meat

1 kg minced meat (premium beef)

2 tablespoons tomato paste

3 tablespoons fresh parsley, washed and chopped finely (or 3 teaspoons dried parsley)

1 teaspoon iodised salt flakes

2 bottles tomato passata (essentially pureed tomatoes in a bottle – you can use canned tomatoes, but use a hand held blender to puree to a smooth consistency so the texture of the sauce remains smooth)

To serve

Pasta (we have used Orecchiette spaghetti but you can use any pasta or rice) – add spaghetti here please

Pecorino cheese, grated (Pecorino is a hard Italian cheese made from the milk of Sheep) – lower case ‘s’ please

 

Directions

  1. In a blender, puree the onion and garlic until ‘mushy’ in consistency. In a heavy-based large saucepan, place three tablespoons of olive oil. Warm this gently over a low heat and add the pureed onion and garlic. Cook for 4-5 minutes on a low heat, until translucent in colour.
  2. Add the minced meat to the saucepan and allow to brown, stirring and separating the meat to allow it to cook evenly and develop a uniform consistency.
  3. After around 20-25 minutes, add the tomato paste and allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped parsley, iodised salt and gently stir into the sauce. Allow to simmer 3-4 minutes.
  5. Slowly add the tomato passata, stirring while you pour.
  6. Keep the sauce on a low heat and simmer for around 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. When the sauce is ready, cook pasta and serve it with sauce and grated sheep cheese in small, individual bowls. This lets the little ones mix the sauce into their pasta, and top it with the cheese, lending some autonomy to their eating. 

Quick meal hint: The sauce may be frozen in single serves for a quick lunch, or in bigger serves for a quick pasta meal for the whole family.