Nothing like a delicious bowl of homemade spaghetti bolognese and this one is a family favorite
Spaghetti Bolognese was one of the first dishes I ever cooked for myself and it is one I never get bored of.
Whenever I make it, I often make double the amount and then turn it into a Chilli the next day just for variation. Saves on time and it makes a great base to a chilli.
One thing I really hate though with Spaghetti Bolognese is a watery tasteless sauce. It has to be a rich tomato sauce or it just isn’t enjoyable.
If I have plenty of fresh tomatoes I like to do a mix of passata and fresh chopped tomatoes, but if I haven’t got those, passata on it’s own works just fine. The red wine just gives that little more flavour, but if you want to keep this syn free it is also delicious without. I have made it both ways in the past, as I don’t always have red wine on hand. Weirdly I hate it to drink (I am more a white wine person) but love it in cooking.
I always serve this with a big mixed salad on the side for the family to dig into and it of course increases your speed foods too. But if you want to increase your speed foods even more, or are doing an SP/Original day or are paleo, then serve this with some spiralled veggies, like zucchini.
This spaghetti bolognese can also be made gluten free, if you choose a gluten free pasta. My preferred choice is brown rice pasta – as it is the closest in taste and texture.
If you love this, then make sure you also check out my Bolognese Pasta Bake
Extra Easy - 1.5 syns per serving (syn free if you omit wine)
Green/Vegetarian - 1.5 syns per serving (use a meat substitute)
Original/SP/Paleo - 1.5 syns per serving or syn free if you omit wine (omit pasta and serve with spiralled veggie noodles of choice)
Whole30 - omit wine
- 400g/14oz extra lean minced beef
- 3 slices of lean back bacon/Canadian bacon
- 1 large sweet onion, chopped finely
- 1 carrot, chopped finely
- 1 stalk of celery, chopped finely
- 6 large button mushrooms, chopped finely
- 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 480ml (2 cups) of passata (I sometimes use 1 cup of passata and 1 cup of fresh chopped tomatoes)
- 120ml (1/2 cup) of red wine(4.5 syns) (or replace this with more passata to keep syn free)
- 240ml (1 cup) of beef stock
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste (puree)
- fresh thyme, oregano and rosemary
- 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
- spray oil
- 320g of spaghetti (or other pasta or choice, can use gluten free)
- salt and pepper
- fresh basil or parsley, to serve
- optional: parmesan cheese from your HEa daily choices)
- Spray a frying pan over a medium high heat with spray oil.
- Add the bacon cook for approx 5 mins until golden.
- Add the ground beef, onion, garlic, carrot, celery and some of the fresh herbs, and cook until browned breaking up any large lumps of meat with the back of the spoon.
- Add the stock, wine, passata, tomato paste and mushrooms and season with salt and pepper.
- Bring to the boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer on a low heat covered for approx 50 mins, if liquid reduces down too much (you can add a little more stock/passata)
- When the meat mixture is almost ready, add the pasta to a large saucepan of boiling hot water and cook to al dente.
- Drain the water and add meat mixture to the spaghetti and mix thoroughly.
- Divide among 4 plates and top with some fresh chopped basil or parsley.
- If you have a HEa spare you can top with some parmesan cheese.
- TIP:Want to turn this into chilli con carne for the next day? If you are only using half the recipe for spaghetti bolognese, then the next day add some red and green pepper with 2 jalapeno peppers to the mixture, along with some cumin, paprika and 1 tin of kidney beans and a little more passata or chopped tomatoes and you have a quick chilli con carne.
The recipe above has been calculated for Slimming World, however for those of you following the Weight Watchers plan or another calorie controlled type diet. Below is the approx nutritional information:
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