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Spaghetti bolognese recipe

This easy version of a classic Italian recipe will help everyone get their 5 A Day.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Serves 4

Nutritional information

Per serving (1/4 recipe):

  • 1,803kJ / 431kcal
  • 30g protein
  • 70g carbohydrate, of which 15g sugars
  • 6.5g fat, of which 2g saturates
  • 6g fibre
  • 0.3g salt
A serving of spaghetti bolognese, with mushrooms, carrots and red peppers


  • 300g extra-lean minced beef
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 300g dried spaghetti
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic gloves, crushed or finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 3 handfuls mushrooms (cup or button), sliced
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 courgette, chopped
  • 150ml reduced-salt vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper


  1. Heat a large saucepan and add the minced beef, a handful at a time, cooking until browned. Add the onion and cook for another few minutes.

  2. Add all the the remaining ingredients to the pan, apart from the spaghetti. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes.


    If you don't like one of the vegetables, just swap it for another – like cubed aubergine for courgette.

  3. When the sauce has been cooking for 10 minutes, start to cook the spaghetti. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, add the pasta and bring back to the boil. Stir well and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender.

  4. Season the bolognese sauce with pepper. Drain the spaghetti and serve with the sauce.


    You can make the bolognese sauce in advance and freeze in batches. Just remember to thaw it fully and make sure it's steaming hot before serving.

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