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spaghetti bolognese that my kids will eat every time

spaghetti bolognese that my kids will eat every time

So, here it is – the most basic-est spaghetti bolognese ever – with hidden veggies for extra laughter by me!


500gm of mince – either beef (much preferred by Mr 11) or pork and veal (preferred by husband)

1 large brown onion

2T tomato paste

A reasonably large-ish zucchini

2 cups of mushrooms

3 or 4 cloves of garlic

2 cans of crushed tomatoes

Olive oil / Italian herbs / salt & pepper / chilli


Cheese to top it off


You don’t have to have these but it will make life a heck of a lot easier

A good large, non-stick pan that is reasonably deep

A microplane (or Aldi’s version which is actually better in my opinion)

A stick blender with a chopping bowl attachment.  This is the one I have and it is truly the most used appliance in my kitchen and an absolute necessity if you plan on hiding vegetables


How to do it

Heat up your pan with a splash of olive oil then add your mince and grated (or crushed, whatever works for you) garlic and salt.  While it’s browning up use your amazing stick blender thingy to puree the zucchini, onion and mushrooms.  Trust me, it will look like vomit but don’t panic.  Add this delightful looking mixture to the meat and stir through, then add your tomato paste.  To be honest – I usually put in more than 2T because I like my spag bol to have quite a rich sauce.  Cook the veggies through and then add your cans of crushed tomatoes.  If you want herbs or chilli now’s the time to chuck them in too and then turn down the heat and let it simmer for a while.  I usually leave mine for at least an hour but it depends on how much time I’ve got really.  I’ve found that the longer it cooks, the better.  Then, when you’re nearly ready to eat boil your water and cook your spaghetti until it’s how you like it.  Then all you have to do is taste your sauce to check seasoning requirements and chuck it on the plates and serve. At our house on spaghetti night it’s pretty much a case of “can’t talk, eating”.

As for me, I’m just laughing on the inside at all the veggies they don’t even know they’re eating.  It’s awesome.


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