Bolognese with hidden cauliflower


( 2 adults and 2 kids )

  • onion
  • 1 clovegarlic
  • 300 gramscarrots*
  • 0.5 cauliflower
  • 500 gramsbeef mince
  • 2 canchopped tomatoes
  • 70 gramstomato purée
  • 1 cubebeef stock
  • 1 tbspdried oregano
  • 0.5 tbspdried thyme
  • 300 mlwater
  •  wholegrain pasta
  • 50 gramsgrated cheese- f.x. parmesan
  •  salt
  •  pepper
  •  olive oil
  •  ketchup
* = Good to know - click the ingredient
= See the recipe - click the ingredient

This is one of our kids' favourite pasta dishes - even though they're not big fans of cauliflower! But hidden in a gorgeous bolognese they go down a treat. So if you struggle to get your kids to eat their veg, this recipe is perfect. And best of all: It's dinner for two days!


1. Finely chop onion and garlic. Peel the carrots and grate on the rough side of a grater. Thoroughly rinse the cauliflower, remove the leaves and stem, so you're just left with the florets, and give them a proper whizz in a food processor or mini chopper, until it's finely milled - almost like snowflakes. If you don't have a suitable appliance, you can just as well grate it on your trusty old grater or chop it with a big knife. Watch your fingers!

2. Sautée onion and garlic in olive oil for a few minutes. Add the grated carrots and cauliflower and sautée for another couple of minutes. Add the meat and let it brown. Add chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, stock, dried oregano, dried thyme and water and let simmer for 15 minutes or longer, if you have time. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Boil the pasta in plenty of salted water and serve with bolognese and grated cheese on top - and of course kecthup! And if you have a bit of basil or other herbs knocking about, you can use a bit for garnish.

4. A cauliflower-classic is born (believe it or not) - enjoy!


Remember to save the leftover bolognese for dinner tomorrow - and maybe a bit of pasta and bolognese for the kids' packed lunches.

Your personal notes to the recipe

Add notes to print Save

Share your tips and comments