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 Children's Spaghetti Bolognaise Face Recipe

Face vegetable spaghetti bolognaise

A great Spaghetti Bolognaise (bolognese) recipe that you and your kids can make together. It's bound to keep them occupied for an hour!
 

KEY POINTS

 Preparation Time:  40 minutes  Cooking Time:   35 minutes
 How Difficult  Easy  Freeze?   Yes
 Servings

4 portions


This is a great healthy recipe for children that they can help cook. It's a spaghetti bolognaise (lots of vegetables) with a face made from vegetables! Use your imagination for the face decoration but try and use vegetables of some sort.

To make the recipe healthier we have substituted a quarter of the meat with grated then chopped carrots. Remember, children must be watched and supervised by an adult all the time. Their safety is YOUR responsibility.
 

THIS RECIPE IS FOR 4 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS
6 oz / 170g lean minced beef
10 oz / 300g spaghetti
Can chopped tomatoes - 14 oz / 400g
1 medium onion
12 small mushrooms
3 medium carrots
Beef stock cube (e.g. oxo)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoon tomato sauce or concentrate
2 tablespoons cooking oil (e.g. olive / sunflower oil)
Salt and pepper to taste
Olives or small amount of baked beans for the eyes

PREPARATION

Let your child weigh out the ingredients.

YOUR CHILD

  THE ADULT
Peel the skin from the onions
 
  Finely chop the onions
 
Wash all the mushrooms (let them play with the mushrooms in a bowl of water), chop only four of them into small bits with a blunt knife or edge of a spoon (see the picture below).
 
  Lightly peel all 3 carrots, top and tail them. Grate only 2 of the carrots and chop them up (see the picture below)
 
Add salt and pepper to herbs in the bowl (see right) and mix with a spoon.   Measure out the dried basil and oregano herbs in a bowl. Dissolve the oxo cube in a small amount of water to produce the beef stock.
 
Wash mushrooms.   Chopped ingredients


Fry onions YOUR CHILD - Add 1 tablespoon only of the oil to the pan, add the onions to the pan and stir.
THE ADULT - Heat the onions and oil on a medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir and turn often.


THE ADULT - Take the pan off the heat, where it's safe for your child
YOUR CHILD - Add the minced beef to the pan of onions and stir well.
THE ADULT - Place the pan on a medium heat, fry until all the mince has turned a greyish colour. Pour away the juices.

Mix herbs



Bolognaise sauce THE ADULT - Take the pan off the heat, where it's safe for your child
YOUR CHILD - Add the carrots, tomatoes, basil, oregano, mushrooms ,salt and pepper to taste, one tablespoon only of tomato sauce / concentrate, the oxo stock.
THE ADULT - Place the pan on a medium heat, and cook for 30 minutes, longer if the spaghetti is still cooking.


THE ADULT - Look at the instructions to see how long to cook the spaghetti (spaghetti and bolognaise sauce should be ready together.
YOUR CHILD - Fill a pan with cold water, add a pinch of salt.
THE ADULT - Boil the water and add the spaghetti and cook according to packet instructions
 


Face vegetables YOUR CHILD - Remove the stalks from the mushrooms.
THE ADULT - Fry the un-chopped 8 mushrooms in a tablespoon of oil for 3 minutes. Let them cool.
YOUR CHILD - Put a blob of tomato sauce into each mushroom and add a sliced olive / some baked beans for the eye pupils.


THE ADULT - Slice the carrot to make four noses and four mouths. Serve the spaghetti topped with bolognaise on heated plates.
YOUR CHILD - Decorate with mushrooms and sliced carrots to make the face.
Face vegetable spaghetti bolognaise

DON'T BE A PUP,
EAT YOUR FACE UP!

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