Hidden veg bolognese recipe

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  • Healthy
serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 45 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 422 kCal 21%
Fat 9g 13%
  -  Saturates 2.5g 13%
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  • Our hidden veg Bolognese is a rich and flavour-packed pasta sauce that sneaks in some extra vegetables to make it a really healthy and balanced meal. We’ve served this hidden veg Bolognese with tagliatelle, a type of pasta that comes in long, flat ribbons, but it would also work well with spaghetti to create a healthier twist on a classic spaghetti Bolognese. You can make a big batch of this hidden veg Bolognese and freeze portions so that you have a healthy and delicious home made meal ready for those busy week nights. This hidden veg Bolognese is cheap, easy and full of flavour – perfect low calorie meals for the whole family.


    • 1tbsp olive oil
    • 400g lean beef steak mince
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 carrots, chopped
    • 1 stick of celery, chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • 1 courgette, chopped
    • 400g can tomatoes
    • 2tbsp sun-dried tomato purée
    • 2tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • 200ml beef stock
    • 200g tagliatelle


    • Heat a large frying pan with oil, add the mince, season with black pepper, and fry for 10 minutes to brown.

    • Add the onion, carrots and celery to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, to soften.

    • Stir in the garlic and courgette and cook for a couple of minutes more.

    • Pour in the tinned tomatoes, tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar and stock. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes until the meat is tender.

    • Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the tagliatelle; return to the boil. Cook for 10 minutes until just tender. Drain and toss together with the Bolognese so all the pasta is coated in sauce.

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