If there is one thing my boys will always eat when put it in front of them, it’s spaghetti (or as they call it, pisketti!). Whilst it’s easy to simply buy a jar of pre-made pasta sauce to make your spaghetti bolognaise, its actually not at all difficult to make your own. By doing so you avoid unnecessary salt, preservatives, and other additives, and can pack a whole lot of goodness in for your little peeps (that even the fussiest of eaters won’t detect)!
I’ve called this one Super Power Spaghetti Bolognaise for a couple of reasons:
- My boy’s love it when we have fun names for food, we cook things like Green Hulk Patties and they they love to flex their muscle with each bite (this type of fun is great for fussy eaters).
- It’s jam packed with so much goodness. You have a great mix of vitamins from all the veggies, as well as the cannellini beans which are extremely nutritious and high in antioxidants. I’m telling you if anything is going to give you super powers… it’s this sauce!
This is a great recipe to get the kids involved in prepping the veggies using some safe kitchen utensils.
- 500g packet spaghetti
- olive oil
- 1 round of pancetta 2cms thick, diced
- 1 brown onion, finely diced
- 1 red capsicum, diced
- 1 small sweet potato, grated
- 1 zucchini, grated
- 1 carrot, grated
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 500 grams beef mince (or other mince of your preference)
- 400 gram tin pureed tomatoes
- 700 ml bottle good quality passata
- 1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon Italian herbs
- 1 tin cannellini beans
- fresh parmesan – to serve
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frypan over med-high heat. Add pancetta, garlic and onion cook until onion Is translucent and pancetta has started to brown.
- Add all veggies and cook for around 5 minutes and vegetables have softened.
- Remove pancetta and veggies from the frypan and set aside.
- Add remaining olive oil to pan over med-high heat and add the mince.
- Stir and break up mince with your spoon for 5 or so minutes until browned.
- Add the veggies and pancetta in with the mince and stir.
- Add tin tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, sugar, cannellini beans, passata and herbs and stir.
- Turn heat down to low heat and simmer for at least 20 minutes.
- Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, and cook spaghetti until al dente.
- Drain spaghetti, serve it up, and season adult servings with salt and pepper as desired.
- Don’t forget the parmesan on top!
If you like this recipe – you should also check out my Healthy Mac & Cheese – 100% kid approved!
Rachel Cassidy is the author of this article and the founder of Little Peeps Eats. She is a passionate food blogger and brand ambassador, but her most important job is being a mum! Little Peeps Eats helps families take the stress out of mealtimes by providing healthy, kid approved recipes, as well as fussy eating tips and tricks. Their website hosts a directory of nutritionists, resources and mealtime products to ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips when it comes to feeding your family.