Red meat is a great source of iron for babies; something they need from six months onwards. This lovely beef purée from Mimi’s Bowl is a winner. You can, of course, serve it unblended too, depending on what stage your baby is at. Miriam has been making variations of this for her daughter for years and it’s one of her favourites. It freezes brilliantly and is a great standby meal, for busy parents.

How to make beef bolognese for babies


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 small onions, peeled and finely diced
  • 3 small carrots, peeled and diced*
    *make sure if serving unblended these are not choking hazards, you can also grate the carrot and it will dissolve into the sauce
  • 300g lean organic beef mince (5% fat)
  • 3 medium tomatoes, skins removed in hot water, remove seeds and dice
  • 450 ml homemade chicken stock, or no added salt stock, or water


  1. Take a large pot and add the oil, over a medium heat
  2. Add the onion and carrot and soften, without browning for 5-8 minutes
  3. Next, add the mince and continue to stir so the mince browns all over
  4. Once the mince is browned add the tomatoes and combine
  5. Then cover with stock, or water, and simmer gently for 25 minutes
  6. Remove from the heat, all the vegetables should be soft, and the meat cooked through. The sauce should also be a nice consistency.

For babies: blend until smooth and serve with a puree of root vegetables.

For toddlers: serve with spaghetti or pasta shapes.

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About The Author


Miriam is the founder of Mimi’s Bowl. She is mum to one little girl, 4 years old, and a baby boy, 6 months old. Miriam cooks modern baby and toddler recipes from her home in West London. Sharing her honest view of cooking at home whilst offering recipes and parent cooking hacks, Miriam blogs and posts daily what they eat at home via her feed @mimisbowl. She has just started weaning her little boy and is on a mission is to end (what she calls) “baby food panic”; anxiety about how and what to feed your baby.

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