Pasta Shells with Hidden Vegetable Bolognese

A tasty tomato-based sauce with five vegetables blended in - perfect for introducing texture into your baby's diet

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small leek, washed and thinly sliced
  • 3 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 150 ml/5 fl oz unsalted or weak beef or chicken stock
  • 250 g/9 oz lean minced beef
  • 2 x 400 g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato paste
  • 1 x 250 g packet mini pasta shells


1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a pan and sauté the onion for 3 minutes. 

2. Add the leek, mushrooms, carrot and celery and sauté for 7 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.

3. Add half of the stock and simmer for 10 minutes, then put in a food processor and blitz.

4. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan and brown the minced beef for 5 minutes, breaking up well with a fork or wooden spoon.

5. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, sun-dried tomato paste and the remaining stock, and cook for 10 minutes.

6. Add the blended vegetables and continue to cook for 2 minutes.

7. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain and toss with the sauce.

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Last updated: 3 months ago