Toddler Bolognese
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Toddler Bolognese

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Mince is a family favourite and a good source of dietary protein, iron and zinc. This Toddler Bolognese will be a hit with the whole family and sneaks in plenty of extra vegetables. Still serve some broccoli or green beans on the side, as it’s good to normalise eating whole vegetables from a young age. This recipe serves 5 adults.
<b>Prep:</b> 5 mins Prep: 5 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 45 mins Cook: 45 mins
Serves 12 toddlers Serves 12 toddlers
Good source of iron Good source of iron
Low Sodium Low Sodium
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  • 500g Quality Mark beef or lamb mince
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sized carrot, grated
  • 1 zucchini, grated OR 1 celery stalk finely chopped
  • 1 small capsicum (finely diced) – if in season
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 400g can, salt-reduced chopped tomatoes in juice
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups, salt-reduced, beef stock,
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 
  • Parsley for serving
  • ½ cup grated cheese – optional
  • 300g dried spaghetti


  1. Fry onion in olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add mince, garlic and dried herbs, fry till mince is browned, about 5 minutes
  3. Add tomato paste and capsicum a fry for 1 minute.
  4. Add vegetables, stock, and chopped tomatoes and simmer till vegetables have softened.
  5. Simmer with the lid off for around 15 minutes, till all vegetables are cooked and sauce is reduced
  6. Serve over cooked spaghetti and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Optional – sprinkle over some grated cheese.
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Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size (g) Adult (398g) Toddler (165g)
Energy kJ (kcal) 1250 (299) 521(124)
Protein (g) 30.5 12.7
Fat (g) 16.3 6.8
Saturated (g)
6.9 2.9
Carbohydrate (g) 6.1 2.6
Sugars (g)
5.9 2.5
Sodium (mg) 233 97
Iron (mg) 3.4 1.4
Zinc (mg) 5.6 2.3
Vitamin B12 (ug) 2.6 1.1
Selenium (ug) 4.1 1.7
*Serving size will vary depending on your older baby or toddler's age and appetite. Each child is unique and some days they will eat more than other days. 
The adult serve is based on five serves. 
Note this nutrition information is based on the bolognese meat and vegetables and does not include the pasta or optional cheese.
This bolognese can be served to both adults and toddlers, claims are based on an adult serve.
  • This bolognese can also be served to younger babies from 8-9 months who have already been exposed to all the ingredients. Mash or cut it up to the consistency the baby is familiar with. 
  • If serving for adults, you can add a bit of chilli to spice things up and season with salt and pepper. 

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