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Hidden Veggie Bolognese

10 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time

Hidden Veggie Bolognese

10 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time

Can you believe this meaty bolognese hides 6 different vegetables in it? Even the pickiest eater will enjoy this. It’s delicious, nutritious, and perfect for freezing so feel free to make a big batch for emergency comfort meals anytime.

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Ingredients (6 servings)

1 onion
1 carrot
1 zucchini
1 red bell pepper
2 ribs of celery
4 cloves garlic
400g tinned tomatoes
500g lean beef mince
2 tbsp tomato paste
1.5 tsp Italian herbs
-Salt, to taste
-Pepper, to taste
2 tsp olive oil
  1. Dice onion, carrot, zucchini, bell pepper and celery. Mince garlic.
  2. Heat up 1 tsp olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and celery and sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, bell pepper and zucchini and sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer all the vegetables to blender. Add tinned tomatoes, tomato paste and Italian herbs and blend until smooth.
  5. Give the skillet a brief rinse and dry it off. Heat up 1 tsp of olive oil over medium heat and cook the beef mince until browned.
  6. Add vegetable sauce back to the skillet. Bring to a simmer and continue cooking for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Season bolognese to taste with salt and pepper and serve over spaghetti or pasta of choice. Enjoy!
  • The bolognese sauce will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.
  • When blending the vegetables, don’t blend for too long if you want the sauce to still be a bit chunky.
  • If you have time, simmer the bolognese for longer (up to 2 hours over low heat) for a more flavorful sauce.
  • Feel free to use beef mince, pork mince, or a mix of both.