Best Bolognese With Extra Veggies

Spaghetti Bolognese has become such a staple food in the UK we’ve practically adopted it as our own, and it’s with that mentality that I’m sharing my own take on it as I fear the recipe below is pretty far from the Italian original!

I’ve also added lots of extra vegetables as this is a great way to 1) be more healthy; 2) be more cost-effective and 3) encourage any fussy little ones to eat more veggies.


What You Need

  • 500g mince (ideally 5% fat)
  • 2 red onions
  • 4 gloves of garlic
  • 1 glass of red wine, optional
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes or passata
  • Handful of fresh basil, finely chopped
  • Rich beef stock pot
  • 2 tbsp Worcester sauce

Vegetables of choice, we used:

  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots
  • A few broccoli pieces, chopped as chunky or as finely as required
  • A few cauliflower pieces, ditto above
  • A tin of green lentils
  • Frozen sweetcorn
  • Frozen peas
  • Pasta or spaghetti & grated cheese to serve

What You Do

  • Heat some olive oil or Fry Lite in a large pan.
  • Add the onions and garlic, fry until softened.
  • Add the mince, fry until browned.
  • If using, add the red wine and cook down for a few minutes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes or passata, tomato purée, half the basil, Worcester sauce & stock pot. Cover & simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add your veggies and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Serve with spaghetti or pasta or your choice, sprinkle with the remaining basil and grated cheese.
 Tips & Tags

*healthy halo/super quick/perfect for kids*

  • Leave off the cheese and use Fry Lite and 5% mince to make this bolognese totally free on Slimming World
  • You can add as little or a many vegetables as you like.  If your children are particularly fussy why not whiz some veg up in the food processor and add to the sauce or chop very finely?

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