Make-ahead Veggie Loaded Spaghetti Bolognese

Baby led weaning dinner recipes may be the hardest thing to prepare as a parent. Usually by around 4pm that witching hour has begun and everyone is crying, screaming, or jumping around like an animal (mum & dad included). Once this time of day rolls around, I rarely feel like cooking, soothing a crying baby, and washing up the dishes from cooking dinner. This family friendly dinner recipe is for THOSE days. Make ahead and batch cook on the weekend.

Make-ahead spaghetti bolognese loaded with veggies. Easy and healthy baby led weaning family dinner that can be batch cooked for meal prep! Vegetarian, dairy free, nut free, refined sugar free, egg free, vegan option.

You really don’t have to feel guilty if you don’t cook a fancy meal every night (or any night for that matter). If you spend a few hours preparing meals like this each weekend, you’ll have a nice stock of healthy recipes in your freezer. Heat and eat baby led weaning dinners are by far a parents best friend.

Make-ahead spaghetti bolognese loaded with veggies. Easy and healthy baby led weaning family dinner that can be batch cooked for meal prep! Vegetarian, dairy free, nut free, refined sugar free, egg free, vegan option.

I should also add that it is OK to eat the same few meals every day or every other day or every week. If you make sure they are balanced in nutrition, then everyone will survive just fine. 🙂 My baby led weaning tip is to freeze sauce like this one into muffin tins, then place in a freezer bag or container for individual servings!

Baby Led Feeding Veggie Spaghetti Bolognese Main Recipe Image 2

This baby led weaning dinner recipe includes enough ingredients for 3 meals for a family with 2 children and 2 adults. So tonight’s dinner and 2 more to freeze! You can adjust the recipe to make more or less as you wish. It is also vegetarian, dairy free, egg free, nut free, and has a vegan option; So you can please everyone’s needs.

This baby led weaning dinner is sponsored by Dunnes Stores and you can find all of the amazing ingredients in store! If you make this recipe please do tag me on Instagram #babyledfeeding & Facebook @babyledfeeding! I always love seeing your creations.

Make-ahead spaghetti bolognese loaded with veggies. Easy and healthy baby led weaning family dinner that can be batch cooked for meal prep! Vegetarian, dairy free, nut free, refined sugar free, egg free, vegan option.

      • PREP TIME
      • 15 minutes
      • COOK TIME
      • 30 minutes
      • TOTAL TIME
      • 40 minutes
      • SERVES
      • 2 adults and 2 children x2 (Double Dinner)

What goes in...

  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 tablespoons pure olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 large courgette roughly chopped
  • 2 red peppers diced
  • 300g frozen peas (2 cups)
  • 3 large handfuls spinach leaves
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 200ml water
  • Black pepper to season
  • 15 cherry tomatoes
  • To serve
  • Spaghetti (cook per pack instruction)
  • Handful fresh basil leaves
  • Grated goat cheese (or parmesan for adults/ omit for Vegan)

How to make it...

  1. Roughly chop onions, then heat the olive oil over a medium heat and fry until they turn translucent. Crush in the garlic, then add the courgette, 1/2 of the chopped peppers and frozen peas. Stir and cook for around 5 minutes until the courgette starts to soften.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat, then add the spinach leaves, tins of tomatoes, tomato puree, water and season with a little pepper.
  3. Using a stick blender, blend until the sauce is really smooth and creamy, then return the pan to the heat, add in the remaining chopped peppers and simmer for about 20 minutes until the sauce thickens up.
  4. Quarter the cherry tomatoes, then sprinkle into the sauce, leave to cook for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Serve over cooked spaghetti with a sprinkle of fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

* Note: The sauce can be stored in reusable boxes in the freezer to use when needed. For individual portions, store in a mini-muffin tin! This recipe makes a double baby-friendly family dinner!

IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE...