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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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Family Friendly Dinner
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 portions
Calories 596kcal
Author Charlotte Oates


  • 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