Rich spaghetti bolognese

Another version of my favourite meal! In this one I used date nectar for sweetness 

Spaghetti bolognese is one of my favourite meals and I am always experimenting with different versions to find the perfect one! Before Slimming World I would have always added sugar and cocoa to the mix- I think something sweet in the sauce really brings out the flavour (just have a look at the sugar content in a jar of Dolmio!). As soon as I got some date nectar I wanted to try it out in my bolognese sauce, and it works perfectly! I like a dark and rich sauce and this is exactly that.

If you don’t know what date nectar is- it’s a natural sweetener, derived from dates. It is found on most of the major supermarkets. I have This one from Beloved

 

My Recipe

Serves: 8
Syns: 0.5 per portion
Healthy Extra: none

Ingredients

  • 800g extra lean beef mince
  • 2 onions, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or crushed
  • 1 leek, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 beef oxo cube
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp date nectar
  • salt and pepper
  • Low calorie cooking spray

Method

  1. In a large pan, fry the onions until they begin to soften, then add the garlic and the leek. Fry for 2-3 minutes
  2. Add the minced beef and cook until browned, constantly breaking up and stirring the meat to get rid of any big lumps and allow it to brown all over.
  3. Add in the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree and bring to a simmer.
  4. Stir in the grated carrot
  5. Crumble in the beef oxo cube, then add the worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, date nectar and salt and pepper. Stir together.
  6. Simmer for 35-40 minutes until the sauce is rich and dark (you will need to stir occasionally and can add a little water if it's getting too dry)

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