Family Friendly Bolognese

Slowly cooking away a big pot of Bolognese is one of my favourite things to do, especially on a rainy day. It brings back childhood memories and it smells amazing.
We have one little one who is a little wary of textures and we want him to be included in this meal so we blitz our sauce. Of course if you would prefer a chunkier version you can skip that step.
I’m not keen on hiding Vegetables as such, i like to get him up with me to cook this dish so he knows that its okay to not always like the texture of foods and that we can do things to change them up so that he can enjoy them also.

Make ribbons by using a vegetable peeler, then quickly blanch in boiling water.

Make ribbons by using a vegetable peeler, then quickly blanch in boiling water.

500g grass fed Beef, Kangaroo or Pork Mince.
2tsp EV Olive Oil – cold pressed.
2 small brown onions – finely diced.
1 long red chilli, seeds removed – finely diced.
4 cloves garlic – finely diced.
1 star anise.
3 bay leaves.
4tblsp mushroom powder – alternatively 4 mushrooms finely diced.
1/4 red capsicum – finely diced.
1 zucchini – grated.
2 carrots – grated.
2C baby spinach – chopped.
2tsp home made tomato paste – alternatively you can use a good quality organic tinned version.
400g crushed Tomatoes – use fresh if in season.
4C Chicken Bone Broth or Chicken Stock.

Heat Olive Oil in a large deep pan or stock pot.
When hot, add Mince and Onion and fry off, stirring and breaking down until browned – remove and set aside.
Turn pot down to a medium head and add Chilli, Garlic, Star Anise, Bay Leaves, Mushroom Powder and fry off for 2 minutes.
Add Capsicum, Zucchini and Carrot and again fry off for around 2 minutes (add a dash of water if food starts to stick).
Then add the Tomato Paste and cook out well – around 2 minutes while stirring it through your mix.
You can then add the Tomatoes and Broth/Stock, turn your pot down to medium and cook out for roughly 30 minutes.
Add the Baby Spinach in the last few minutes.
I then blitz my Bolognese (after I remove Star Anise and Bay Leaves) so I have a fine sauce, at this point I add my Mince and Onions back in and turn to low to cook for 4 hours or until mix is thick and flavoursome.

Reheated with some fresh ingredients makes a great lunch.

Reheated with some fresh ingredients makes a great lunch.

We serve ours with Zucchini Ribbons, in Lettuce Shells or when reheated we add some fresh Tomato, Garlic and Baby Spinach to freshen it up.
A great dish to try an alternative meat with, if your a little hesitant the strong sauce flavour will match nicely and also ease you into it without the punchy game flavour.
Kangaroo in particular is high quality protein, low in saturated fat and has a good amount of omega 3’s which most people need more of!

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