Wednesday, September 11, 2013

{Recipe} Easy Bolognese Sauce

Getting my kiddos to eat vegetables can sometimes be a real challenge. My son Isaac loves them - well, most of them. My son Kyson... forget it. And the babies... well, they're picky too. So sneaking some veggies into their food is always on my mind. I love the new Thrive Tomato Sauce and used it recently to make some homemade pizza sauce. I found a great and easy recipe for Bolognese Sauce that Chef Todd created. I adapted it a bit and I share my version below. The taste is amazing and my kids gobbled it up without blinking. If you think your kids would spot those veggies in a heartbeat you can pulse the carrots, etc (when they're still dry) in a food processor to a powder and add them in to the sauce that way.

Easy Bolognese Sauce
Serves 8


1.5 c thrive ground beef or 1 lb fresh ground beef or less
1 t garlic
2 T butter
1⁄4 c red wine - I used 1/4 warm water mixed with 1/4 tsp beef bouillon
2 T Thrive Carrot Dices
1⁄4 c Thrive Freeze Dried Chopped Onions
1/4 c Thrive Freeze Dried Mushrooms
1 t Thrive Italian Seasoning Blend
1⁄2 t Thrive Chef's Choice Seasoning Blend
1⁄2 c Thrive Tomato Sauce (dry)
2 3⁄4 c water


Measure out all ingredients. Reconstitute ground beef by soaking in ½ cup water about 5 minutes do not drain. If using fresh ground beef brown your meat and season a bit with salt and paper, and drain.  Sauté garlic in butter until softened. Deglaze with red wine or beef broth and reduce by half. Add carrots, onions, and beef and reduce until syrupy. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Simmer on low for 8–10 minutes.

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