Somehow a rich sauce and pasta seemed too heavy for a baby. All I could picture was one of the Sopranos slurping up spaghetti bolognese with noodles dripping all over. Then I remembered my love of tiny letter and number pasta as a kid. It was so much fun making out what all the symbols and shapes were in soup or sauce. Kenya's still under 1 years old, but he loves everything in bolognese, so why not make a version that adults and kids will love?

While I was making it for him, our friend Dana, the chinese Doctor, was over and wanted to know if she could try it. "Delicious", she exclaimed. Perfect, now I know what we're having for dinner. Kenya's unpureed sauce. Bon Appetito!

We used these to make this recipe_


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Baby Bolognese (Makes 2 Cups )

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 15 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 2 tablespoons onion, diced (about 1/4 onion)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup ground meat (i used bison)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 16 ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 6 baby carrots, cut into thin coins
  • 1 cup mini vegetable pasta, numbers and shapes


1. In a wide skillet, heat oil over medium flame.
2. Saute onion for 3 minutes.
3. Add garlic, meat and herbs. With a spoon breakup meat into smaller pieces.
4. Saute for 6 minutes or until the meat is cooked through.
5. Add the tomatoes and carrots.
6. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover for 10 minutes.
7. Remove the lid and continue to simmer until desired thickness of sauce.*
8. In a large pot bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
9. Add pasta, return to a boil and cook for 9-11 minutes.
10. Mix together the pasta and sauce.
11. Serve.

*Puree after step 7 if serving to a baby
This is a thick sauce, so add more liquid if you want it thinner.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • erica90250

    Does this recipe freeze well? Thank you :)

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  • Joanne

    This is delicious! I added some chopped baby spinach right at the end to get something green in my pickly LO.

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  • Heather

    where did you find the mini vegetable (numbers and shapes) pasta?

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