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Les Petits Chefs make Jamie Oliver’s spaghetti bolognese

We’re back! Though we started out with just a few Petits Chefs this week because of various team tryouts going on, the small group was thrilled to start the term with a perennial favourite – spaghetti bolognese!  But not just any spaghetti bolognese, the Food Revolution version.  Especially when they found out it had bacon in it! “Everything’s better with bacon!”

We practised dicing carrots and celery into even-sized pieces (I was very impressed to see what a great job these guys did!)…

Kids chopping carrots on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids chopping celery on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids making bolognese sauce on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe diced bacon to the best of our ability…

Kids chopping bacon on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe minced garlic…

Kids mincing garlic Kids chopping carrots on eatlivetravelwrite.comand chopped rosemary…

Kids chopping rosemary on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd we also cut up red onion (not pictured because I was busy running cold water for little hands so they didn’t put them anywhere near their eyes!) and grated a boat load of Parmesan…

As our sauce bubbled away, we went through the recipe step by step (to make sure we had covered everything!) and cleaned our stations.

Jamie Oliver's bolognese sauce on eatlivetravelwrite.com Then we sat down and read the recipe together to make sure everyone knew exactly which part was which (and you know it’s a winning recipe when one of the boys asks a bunch of questions because he is “going to make this at home” before he’s even tasted it!). Then we rinsed our dishes and stacked the dishwasher. Not glamourous but part of cooking too.

The best part? Sprinkling on the Parmesan…

Kids putting parmesan cheese on spaghetti bolognese on eatlivetravelwrite.com

All the boys were really impressed with their work – dinner in around 45 minutes of hands on time, then you can go and get stuff done (“Homework” I said, yeah – right!) whilst it bubbles away.  This is a great recipe to get kids in the kitchen – some important but straightforward chopping techniques and a meal that most kids I know love to eat. Win. Win.

Get Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese on the Food Revolution site.

 

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4 Responses to Les Petits Chefs make Jamie Oliver’s spaghetti bolognese

  1. Mr. Neil April 1, 2015 at 16:35 #

    Mr. Neil was impressed with their work as well – and the results! Your handiwork was my quick lunchbreak today, and supremely tasty. (Kicked up a notch with some hot sauce…) 🙂

    Welcome back for the last term, boys.

    • Mardi Michels April 4, 2015 at 13:12 #

      Yes it definitely could have used a little more cooking time to build the flavour but I think we managed well for just under and hour!

  2. Coco in the Kitchen April 2, 2015 at 15:15 #

    Looks so yummy.
    Teaching kids to cook not only encourages independence, but also healthy eating habits!

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