Kids Magic Marinara Bolognese

Kids Magic Marinara Bolognese

We all have our go-to recipes that we keep in the rotation monthly. The dishes that our whole entire family can enjoy may even get a spot in my weekly rotation….like my Kids Bolognese! I call this one Kids Bolognese because it’s a much simpler version of the Bolognese we make for our fancy grown up dinner parties. My kids also get a kick out of the fact there are tons of veggies in the sauce and you would never know it!

Kids Magic Marinara Bolognese




  • 2 cups finely chopped veggies (works best in a food processor)

(roughly 1 celery stalk, 1 carrot, 1/2 small onion, 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, 4 cloves of garlic)

  • 1 lb ground turkey or ground beef ( I prefer the dark meat with higher fat content)
  • 3 tbl olive oil
  • 3 tbl butter
  • 1/4 cup grated parmigiana reggiano
  • 40 oz jar of marinara ( I like Rao’s)
  • 1/4 cup reserved pasta water
  • 18 ounces cooked al dente pasta
  • salt and pepper





  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add in olive oil and butter.
  2. Add the finely chopped veggies and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Once the veggies start to brown and become fragrant (8-10 minutes) add in ground meat.
  4. With a wooden spoon break up meat and cook until meat is thoroughly cooked and well incorporated with the veggies.
  5. Add in the marinara sauce and give a good mix and lower heat to simmer.
  6. Add grated parmesan and give a good stir every 5 minutes making sure nothing sticks to bottom of pan. If using, add in parmesan rind and simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. In a saucepan add the cooked sauce and cooked pasta tossing to make sure sauce coats the pasta evenly. To loosen up the sauce, add the pasta water a couple tbl at a time.
  8. Serve with more freshly grated parmesan!