This continental version of a classic cottage pie is not only delicious, but it also has a hidden secret: it’s a clever way to get kids to eat more vegetables! Our Rösti Bolognese cake is a delicious combination of spicy Bolognese sauce, hearty vegetables and crispy golden Rösti potato crust. Packed with nutrients, this savory cake is a perfect family meal that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. With every forkful, your little ones will enjoy a healthy meal without realizing they’re getting their daily dose of vegetables. A sure winner for parents and children!
- 700g potatoes
- 4 medium carrots
- 2 celery sticks
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 500g pack of lean ground beef
- 400 g canned chopped tomatoes
- 350 g jar of sweet red pepper sauce
- 50 g mature cheddar, grated
- Cook the potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes.
- Drain and let cool.
- Finely chop carrots, celery and garlic in a food processor.
- Heat half the oil in a pan with a lid and add the chopped vegetables.
- Cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Remove the lid, turn the heat to high and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the beef and stir-fry until browned, about 3 minutes.
- Add the tomato-pepper sauce and 4 tablespoons of water and bring to the boil.
- Cover and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes and season.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/200°C top/bottom heat/Gas 6.
- Peel the potatoes and grate them into a bowl.
- Add the remaining oil and three quarters of the cheese, season and mix lightly.
- Place the beef in an ovenproof dish.
- Spread the roasted topping on top and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
- Bake for 35 minutes until bubbling and golden brown.
Equipment and tools
- Large mixing bowl
- Vegetable peeler
- Sharp knife
- Garlic press
- frying pan
- baking pan
- Oven gloves
Please note that this recipe contains the following allergens:
- Dairy products (mature cheddar)
Storage and leftovers
After making the hash brown bolognese cake, you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, cover cake with foil and place in preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 20 minutes, or until heated through.
Health benefits of hash brown bolognese cake
Potatoes, the main ingredient in the Rösti Bolognese cake, are often considered a staple in many diets. They are a good source of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Potatoes contain fiber, which aids digestion and helps maintain a healthy digestive system. They are also rich in potassium, which plays a crucial role in maintaining heart health by regulating blood pressure.
Carrots are packed with nutrients and are known for their bright orange color. They are an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that can be converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is important for maintaining healthy vision, boosting the immune system and promoting skin health.
Celery is a low-calorie vegetable that adds flavor and crunch to the hash brown bolognese pie. It is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Celery has a high water content and can help with hydration. It also contains antioxidants that can have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting effects on the body.
Not only does garlic add delicious flavor to dishes like hash browns, but it also offers several health benefits. It has been used in traditional medicine for centuries for its potential antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Garlic is believed to have positive effects on cardiovascular health by helping to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Olive oil, used in cooking in this recipe, is an important part of the Mediterranean diet. It is rich in monounsaturated fats, which are considered heart-healthy fats. Olive oil also contains antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and protect the body from oxidative stress.
Lean minced meat
Lean ground beef is a good source of high-quality protein. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissue and maintaining muscle mass. Lean beef is also rich in various vitamins and minerals, including iron, zinc and B vitamins.
The Rösti Bolognese cake contains chopped tomatoes, which are an excellent source of important vitamins and minerals. Tomatoes are particularly rich in vitamin C, which is important for immune function and collagen production. They also contain lycopene, an antioxidant that has been linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers.
Sweet red pepper sauce
The sweet red pepper sauce used in this recipe adds a special flavor and also brings health benefits. Red peppers are low in calories and full of important nutrients. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin B6. Red peppers also contain antioxidants, which can help protect against cell damage and support overall health.
Mature cheddar cheese, used as a topping for the hash brown bolognese cake, is a good source of calcium and protein. It also contains essential vitamins such as vitamin A and vitamin B12. However, due to its high fat content, it should be consumed in moderation.