This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
Extra Easy - 1.5 syns per serving
Original/SP - 1.5 syns per serving (swap pasta for spiralized veg)
WW Smart Points - 11 per serving
Gluten Free - use gluten free pasta and Worcestershire sauce
*suitable for freezing
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
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
cooking oil spray
300g/10.5oz of spaghetti (or other pasta of choice)
salt and pepper
fresh basil or parsley, to serve
optional: parmesan cheese as part of your healthy extra A choice)
Spray a frying pan over a medium high heat with cooking oil spray.
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.
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.
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Serving Size1 serving with spaghetti
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat5.7 g
Saturated Fat1.8 g
Total Carbohydrates73.7 g
Dietary Fiber5.5 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Recipe by Slimming Eats - Weight Watchers and Slimming World Recipes at http://www.slimmingeats.com/blog/spaghetti-bolognese