Quick Pork Bolognese
Quick Pork Bolognese is made in under 45 minutes, perfect for a last-minute dinner for the kids! Made with pork sausage filling, tomatoes, carrots, onion, garlic and oregano then served on fun dino pasta to make it even more kid-friendly!
This Quick Pork Bolognese Pasta is so tasty and made in half the time than normal beef bolognese sauce! It contains all the usual ingredients like carrots, onions, garlic and tomato, plus a little secret to bring in some extra umami flavour. If you run out of Bolognese and want to make the kids a fast and tasty one try this! Even the pickiest eater will love it!
Pork Sausage to the Rescue
Why pork sausages filling and not just minced pork? Well, because the meat is already seasoned to perfection and has the right amount of fat to get the most taste possible in the shortest time. You could leave the pieces of meat in chunks, but frankly if the meal is intended for kids, blend slightly in the end with an immersion blender. This way, your picky eaters won’t see the difference between a long-cooked Bolognese sauce vs. short cooked one. I’ve used a simple pork sausage type but it could be a sage flavoured or mildly spiced one, you choose.
Kid Friendly Pasta
I found those lovely dinosaurs’ pasta the other day and thought they were just perfect for those picky eaters. Well, in the case of my kids, they need their sauce as homogenous as possible otherwise they might get fuzzy about it. Plus, the dino pasta will distract them from any texture issues. Also, these animal forms are great at holding in the meat sauce and make less of a mess than spaghetti. It could also be fusilli, penne, or rigatoni. If it’s intended for baby-led weaning, you can use those really small stars or mini cylinders for soups instead, this way baby will enjoy much more!
Trick to enhance umami
A little nice trick to bring in the umami which usually comes with the beef, substitute the salt with fish sauce! This Southeast Asian sauce is the key to a well-balanced pork Bolognese. This step is optional, of course, since it’s not a common ingredient in Western Cuisines but highly recommended.
You can freeze the Pork Bolognese sauce for up to 3-4 months in the freezer.
Some other kid-friendly pasta dishes you might like:
- Spooky Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
- Easy Chili Mac without Beans
- BEEF BOURGUIGNON PASTA (The FoodOlic recipes)
- 350 g pork sausages
- 2 cans peeled tomatoes
- 300 g tomato paste
- 2 carrots cut into small cubes
- 1 onion cut into small cubes
- 2 garlic clove chopped
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tbsp oregano
- ½ tsp fish sauce optional
- salt and pepper
- In a big saucepan or pot, on medium-high heat, cook the interior of the sausages in olive oil.
- Once mostly brown, add the carrots, onion and one garlic, cook for another 2 minutes.
- Incorporate the tomatoes, the paste, oregano, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
- Bring to a simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add, 5 minutes before the end, the other garlic.
- Blend lightly and carefully with an immersion blender before serving.