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Great British Bake Off's Holly Bell presents: Roasting Tray Ragu FAMILY RECIPE

Organix teams up with Holly Bell to create weaning recipes for the 'Babies Who Lunch' campaign

Posted: 14 April 2015
by Abby Page

Baby food brand Organix has teamed up with Holly Bell, finalist in the Great British Bake Off and author of Recipes from a Normal Mum, to create the 'Babies Who Lunch' campaign.

Babies Who Lunch encourages parents to share their weaning experiences, and to get together at mealtimes with other parents and their children. Psychologists state that social experiences have a positive impact on children becoming more open to trying new foods. 

TRY HOLLY BELL'S ROASTING TRAY RAGU, SUITABLE FOR BOTH BABIES AND TODDLERS. CHECK OUT THE RECIPE AND HOLLY'S TIPS BELOW. 

"I wish I'd thought of this before. How many hours of my life have I devoted to stirring ragu sauce for my children? Too many! This is a roasted alternative to the usual hob cooked version and is all the better for it. The meat and vegetables are just that little bit sweeter for having been allowed to roast in the oven." Holly Bell. 

Makes about 30 ice cube sized portions. 

Ingredients:

  • 500g mince beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped into 2cm rings
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6.
  2. Break the mince up with your hands into small strands and sprinkle into a large roasting tray.
  3. Add the finely chopped onion, chopped carrots, pepper, oregano and oil and stir well.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes until the meat has started to brown.
  5. Give it a good stir with a wooden spoon and add the tinned tomatoes, plus one tin full of cold water (fill the empty tin up at the tap), the tomato puree and the garlic.
  6. Stir well and return to the oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so.
  7. Remove from the oven after 45 minutes or when the sauce has reduced down.
  8. Then either serve as it is, mashing the carrots down a little to evenly distribute them, or puree with a handheld blender.
  9. Serve with pasta and/or green beans. Add a little grated cheese before serving.

Tips: 

Keeps in the fridge in an airtight container for three days or freezes well for three months. Defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat on the hob or in the microwave until piping hot. Stir well and always check the heat of baby food before serving.

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