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Spaghetti Bolognese for Fussy Kids

If you've got a fussy kid like me, you're always after ideas to get extra goodness in. My son isn't a massive fan of bolognese, but if I stir his pasta through it he will eat it. I wasn't always able to do this, pasta and sauce did have to be separate in the early days, but over time I moved them closer together until the sauce was on top. Now I can get away with mixing it through (most of the time). Its about baby steps with kids like Alex!

When I make bolognese sauce it's always a big batch so that I can have an easy dinner another night, sometimes even a few. I simply freeze left over sauce in glass storage containers in the freezer so when I'm expecting to have a late night out at sport or a busy day at work I can quickly heat it up and cook some pasta. I usually try to make a really simple salad to go with it.

Bolognese sauce is also a great way to get fussy kids to accept new foods because you can gradually stretch the way you serve it to introduce new foods. You can serve it on different shaped pasta, in a lasagna, on toast or even on top of a steamed potato. We're still at the pasta stage, I've yet to manage to get Alex to eat lasagna but I'm pretty sure with persistence that one day I will.

Spaghetti Bolognese - Happy Tummies

Here's how I make my bolognese sauce!


Spaghetti Bolognese

Gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, soy free, nut free, egg free


1kg organic beef mine (use any minced meat you like, we also do chicken)
2 large onions
2 cloves garlic
2 large carrots
3 sticks of celery
200g mushrooms
1 capsicum (I use red)
1 zucchini (about 200g)
1 large jar of passata 700g (I use organic)
1 jar tomato paste 375g (I use organic)
1 tin lentils (I use organic)
2 tsps Italian Herbs
2 heaped tbsps homemade veggie stock (season to taste with safe stock paste or salt)
2 tbsps Nutra Organics Vital Veggie Power - or as much as you like (optional but awesome)

I use a Thermomix to prepare all of my vegetables. Don't worry about exact measures. Just toss in what you have. If your kids are super fussy peel the zucchini so it doesn't stand out (yep, ridiculous I know but those of you with a fussy kid will get it!)


  • Fry together finely chopped onion, minced garlic and mince for about 10 minutes
  • Blitz fresh veggies in Thermomix or food processor until as small as required - I do my veggies pretty small so they're undetectable in the sauce
  • Add veggies and all other ingredients into the pan and bring it to a simmer
  • Cook for about 45 minutes with the lid off so the extra liquid evaporates. I put a mesh lid over mine to stop it splattering. Make sure you keep a close eye on it and stir regularly to keep it from catching on the bottom

 Recipe From - Copyright 2016 Happy Tummies

Serve on gluten free spaghetti, penne, fusilli, linguine, toast, a baked potato or in lasagna. Yum. You can get your gluten free pasta here!

If there are any other sneaky ingredients you love in your bolognese please let me know!