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Tasty spaghetti bolognese


A bolognese which is full of savoury and sweet flavours to please the whole family. Hidden vegetables make this a great option for fussy eaters.

15 mins

1 hour

324 kcals

serves 4



Spaghetti bolognese has always been one of my all-time favourites, and is a fab meal to sneak in a load of veg without really knowing about it when you eat it! For this one I add grated sweet potato and carrot to give it that extra sweetness which makes it popular with the kids as well as me!

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Tasty spaghetti bolognese

  • Author: Pip Payne
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


A bolognese which is full of savoury and sweet flavours to please the whole family. Hidden vegetables make this a great option for fussy eaters.

less than 1 syn per serving (honey)


  • Low calorie cooking spray or spray oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 500 g lean mince (5% fat)
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 carrots (grated)
  • 2 small/1 large sweet potato (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped oregano (or dry if you don’t have fresh)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 300g dried spaghetti

Optional: fresh parsley to serve


  1. Use low-calorie cooking spray or spray oil to gently fry the chopped onion and celery for about 10 minutes until the onion is soft and sweet. Add the garlic, and fry gently for another 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the mince and stir fry until it is browned – breaking it up with the spoon as you go so you don’t get clumps
  3. Add the 2 tins tomatoes, and bring to a simmer
  4. Add in the grated carrot, grated sweet potato, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, tomato puree, oregano and honey, then crumble up the beef stock cube and sprinkle it into the pan. Stir well, season to taste and leave on a low simmer. I like to simmer mine for at least an hour so that it’s all really nicely blended and the tomatoes break down, but you could give it half an hour if you were in a hurry.
  5. Towards the end of the cooking time, cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling water until it is al dente (use the packet instructions to gauge the time, usually 11-13 minutes)
  6. Divide the spaghetti between 4 pasta bowls, spoon over the bolognese sauce and serve with plenty of fresh chopped parsley.


You can add in any extra veg that you need to use up! Mushrooms, leeks, courgettes, spinach- it’s my favourite way of using up all those bits and pieces left over from other recipes!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour

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