Baby led weaning Spaghetti Bologenese is a bit of a staple meal in this house. We enjoy making it with both minced beef and meat free mince such as quorn, depending on our mood. Like my other recipes, this is simple and straightforward and uses only a few staple ingredients.
I use a 500g pack of beef and I cook it slowly on the hob in a little olive oil or fry-light, just until it starts to brown.
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I throw in a tin of tomatoes, a few fresh cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, a glug of red wine, tomato purée, basil, pepper, chilli flakes and oregano. (Some Mums prefer to leave out the spices, but we loved using spices during our baby led weaning journey)
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Next, I bring the contents to the boil, adding a little water if necessary and then throw in some chopped veg. My favourites to add are zucchini (courgette), eggplant (aubergine) or grated carrot. I leave the pot to simmer for twenty minutes or longer. I like the sauce to reduce into a nice thick consistency.
I serve the bolognese alongside spaghetti noodles. The dish wouldn’t be complete without a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. As Dex got a bit older and more adventurous, we gave him a soft piece of garlic bread to munch on too.
This is one of the messiest meals to offer to baby but so much fun at the same time. I strip Dex down to his nappy and have the bath ready. The beef is a great source of iron for baby and the veg is nice and soft after being soaked in the tomato juices for so long.
If you want to avoid mess, try a BIBaDO coverall bib.
Let me know if you try this baby led weaning spaghetti bolognese with your family!