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Healthy spaghetti Bolognese recipe

Healthy spaghetti Bolognese recipe

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A true Italian classic which has been given a healthy makeover with a few simple ingredient swaps. Using succulent turkey, light olive oil and wholewheat pasta, this wholesome and healthy spaghetti Bolognese is truly gorgeous. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 1 hr 35 mins
  • 297 calories / serving
  • Healthy


  • 1 tsp light olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 1 medium courgette, finely diced
  • 400g turkey mince
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 600ml beef stock
  • 150ml red wine (optional)
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 300g wholewheat spaghetti
  • basil leaves, to serve
  • Parmesan shavings, to serve
If you don't have mince, cut open some sausages instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    3g 4%
  • Saturates

    1g 4%
  • Sugars

    8g 8%
  • Salt

    0.9g 15%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 44g Protein 22.7g Fibre 4.3g


  1. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add the onion, celery and 2 tablespoons water and fry for 5 minutes or until the vegetables have softened. Add the courgette and fry for another 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the mince and garlic and fry for another 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently or until the mince has broken up and is starting to brown. Stir well.
  3. Add the grated carrot and 150ml of the beef stock or red wine, if preferred, and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Then add the tinned tomatoes, 450ml beef stock and the bay leaves and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid, turn down the heat to medium-low and leave to simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove the lid and cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced and thickened to desired consistency.
  6. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions, drain and divide between 6 plates. Place a spoonful of Bolognese on top of each plate, scatter with basil leaves and Parmesan shavings.

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