Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Allergens: wheat


There is something special about spaghetti.  Children love slurping it through pursed lips whilst their friends giggle and adults frown.  It’s popularity is not diminished by a wholewheat option, a tomato sauce, a creamy sauce or a dash of oil – spaghetti is infallible so enjoy this favourite child-friendly recipe.

Ingredients (to serve 10 children)

800g chopped tinned tomatoes

70g tomato puree

4 carrots, chopped

1 pepper, chopped

1tsp dried oregano

625g lean beef mince (or micoprotein for vegetarian option)

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced or chopped

500g wholewheat spaghetti

1tbsp olive oil

40g or a handful of basil leaves (optional)



  1. Turn the slow cooker onto low and add the tomatoes, puree, carrots, pepper and oregano
  2. Fry the mince until brown and cooked through. Then add the onion and garlic and continue to cook until these are soft
  3. Cook the ragu in a slow cooker for 4-5 hours on high, you may need some extra water or in a covered dish in the oven at 180℃ for 1 hour.
  4. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions, drain and coat in olive oil which will stop the pasta sticking together

Children’s kitchen activities: Cut up the basil using an old, robust coffee mug and a small pair of round tipped scissors. Sprinkle the chopped basil as a garnish to add flavour, colour and interest instead of parmesan cheese which will increase the fat content of the meal.



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