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Rich spaghetti bolognese


Another version of my favourite meal! in this one i used date nectar for sweetness

10 mins

45 mins

184 kcals

serves 8


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

Rich spaghetti bolognese

Servings: 8
A lovely, rich spaghetti bolognese 
Syns: 0.5 per portion
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10 mins
45 mins


  • 800 g 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 honey
  • salt and pepper
  • Low calorie cooking spray


  • In a large pan, fry the onions until they begin to soften, then add the garlic and the leek. Fry for 2-3 minutes
  • 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.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree and bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in the grated carrot
  • Crumble in the beef oxo cube, then add the worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, honey and salt and pepper. Stir together.
  • 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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