Recipe of the Month - Penne Bolognese

Kids Recipe of the Month - Penne Bolognese

We know that children are often fussy eaters, which makes maintaining their diets healthy all the more difficult. As a parent, you want to make sure your child is getting the right nutrition, and that they are training their taste buds to eat more than just chicken nuggets and cheese sandwiches.

To help you get some more vitamins and nutrients in your child's diet while you're still working to persuade them to try new foods, we have this easy-to-make recipe, which is a favourite amongst the Strathpine ELC children.

Penne Bolognese


  • ½ tbsp             Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove            Garlic
  • 1 small             Brown Onion
  • 1 large             Carrot
  • 2 stalks            Celery
  • 1 large             Zucchini
  • 400g                 Lean Beef Mince
  • 800g can         Crushed Tomato
  • 125g can         Brown Lentils
  • ½ tsp                Dried Basil
  • ½ tsp                Dried Oregano
  • 1 ½ cups          Spiral/Penne pasta
  • ¼ cup               Grated cheddar or parmesan cheese 


  1. Finely chop onion, carrot and celery. Grate zucchini. Drain and rinse lentils
  2. Heat oil in large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, carrot, celery and zucchini. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes or until onion is tender.
  3. Add mince. Cook, stirring and using a wooden spoon to break up mince, for 5 to 6 minutes or until mince is browned.
  4. Add tomato, lentils, basil and oregano to pan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook covered, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly.
  5. Cook pasta in boiling water, following packet instructions, until tender. Drain.
  6. Serve pasta with sauce over the top and a sprinkle of grated cheese.
  7. Serve with wholemeal dinner rolls and a small salad.


At Strathpine Early Learning Centre, we ensure that your child is provided with tasty and nutritious foods, which are prepared on site daily.

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