Veggie Packed Bolognese

I’ve been having a lot of fun in the kitchen lately. Anna’s naps are getting longer, leaving me more time to exercise my creative spirit in the kitchen. We’ve had a really nice winter so far, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to eat hearty stewed meals that simmer on the stove top or in the crockpot for a long time. This is the perfect example of one of those meals. I made it at 10 am when the baby girl was fast asleep and let it simmer on the stove all day long.DSC_0148

I wanted to add as many veggies as possible to boost the nutrition factor. These are my favourites.DSC_0149

First things first, cook down some onions with butter in a big old pot. DSC_0150

Next, brown the ground beef. DSC_0151

I diced all the veggies up and set them aside while the meat and onion are cooking.  DSC_0153

Add one can of diced tomatoes and half a can of tomato sauce to the mix. DSC_0155

Throw it all together with oregano, Italian seasoning and basil. DSC_0159

Then simmer on the stove for as long as you can. DSC_0170I served it atop of some whole grain rotini pasta, for a hearty, winter meal.

Veggie-Packed Bolognese

You will need:

1 lb ground beef

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 large onion

2 bell peppers

1 zucchini

10 mushrooms

2 tsp oregano

2 tsp Italian seasoning

2 tsp basil

1 can diced tomatoes

1/2 jar of pasta sauce (I used no sodium added)

Pasta, to serve

Begin by melting some butter in a large cast iron pot and dicing the onion. Cook down with the garlic. Add ground beef and brown. Add veggies and spices and cook down. Add tomatoes and pasta sauce and let simmer on low for at least an hour. Serve atop your favourite pasta with Parmesan cheese and a glass of wine. Enjoy!

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