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Hidden Veggie Bolognese

yield: 6 servingsprep time: 10 minscook time: 30 mins
Dairy Free


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.


  • 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.

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