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Spaghetti Bolognese

A delicious take on the traditional spaghetti bolognese with under 600 calories and over half of your five-a-day fruit and vegetables in one serving.
Active Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 portions


  • 300 g pasta - I used dried spaghetti
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 500 g extra lean beef mince
  • 3 medium carrots - about 250g
  • 1 stick of celery - about 80g
  • 1 onion
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree - (heaped)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 50 ml ruby port
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 100-200 ml water


  • Heat the olive oil (1 tsp) in a large saucepan. Add the beef mince (500g) and cook until browned, stirring regularly to ensure it doesn't burn.
  • While the beef is browning, finely chop the onion.
  • Once the beef has browned, remove it from the pan and set aside. Add the chopped onion to the saucepan and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • While the onion is cooking, peel and finely chop the carrot (3 carrots) and celery (1 stick).
  • Add the carrot and celery to the onion and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • Return the beef to the pan and add the chopped tomatoes (400g can), tomato puree (heaped tbsp), dried oregano (1 tsp), port (50ml) and beef stock cube. Add 100-200ml of water until the ingredients are just covered in liquid.
  • Bring to the boil and the simmer for 25 minutes until the liquid has reduced. Season with salt to taste (Personally I don't add any extra as I find there's enough in the stock cube to add the flavour I want).
  • While the bolognese is simmering, bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the pasta and cook according to the packet instructions.
  • Drain the pasta and serve.


2.7 of your 5-a-day fruit and vegetables


Serving: 1portion | Calories: 596kcal | Carbohydrates: 69.4g | Protein: 36.3g | Fat: 17.4g | Saturated Fat: 7.1g | Sodium: 520mg | Fiber: 5.3g | Sugar: 10.8g

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Family Friendly Dinner
Author: Charlotte Oates