Preparation time: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 90 minutes
Serves: 14 toddler serves
Pasta of any kind, cooked to instructions
Pecorino cheese, grated
In a blender, purée the onion and garlic until ‘mushy’ in consistency. In a large, heavy-based saucepan add the olive oil. Warm this gently over a low heat and then add the puréed onion and garlic. Cook for 7–8 minutes on a low heat, until translucent in colour.
Add the minced meat to the saucepan and allow to brown, stirring and separating the meat to allow it to cook evenly (around 20–25 minutes).
Add the tomato paste and allow to simmer for 3–4 minutes.
Add the parsley, salt and sugar and gently stir into the sauce. Allow to simmer for approximately 3–4 minutes.
Slowly add the tomato passata, stirring while you pour. Keep the sauce on a low heat and simmer for around 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove the sauce from the heat and allow to cool before serving.
For toddlers, start with around 1/2 cup of sauce and 1/2 cup of cooked pasta (with a sprinkle of Pecorino cheese) but your toddler may want seconds…
Over time try introducing other vegies during the cooking process (e.g. sliced mushrooms). Adding extra vegetables to a bolognese sauce is a toddler-friendly way to include these foods.
This recipe also works well with half the ingredients, if you want to make smaller amounts. Leftover sauce can be frozen.