Slimming World's spaghetti Bolognese

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  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

This classic spaghetti Bolognese recipe is given a Slimming World twist. Low on calories but certainly not on flavour! Slimming World's spaghetti Bolognese takes only 20 mins to cook and serves around 4 people. It's the perfect family meal you can make over and over again. This recipe shows you how to make a low-calorie Bolognese sauce from scratch using extra lean mince and plenty of vegetables too. This mouth-watering pasta dish is rich in flavour, with a tangy tomato sauce, infused with garlic and is best served with fresh pasta. Any leftover Bolognese can be frozen until needed. Leave to defrost in the fridge over night before reheating thoroughly to serve with fresh pasta.


  • Ingredients
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 1 small red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 small yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 113g/4oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 large sticks celery, chopped
  • 227ml/8fl oz stock
  • A pinch of dried chilli
  • 283g/10oz extra lean minced beef
  • 1 397g/14oz can chopped tomatoes or passata
  • 4 level tbs tomato purée
  • 1tbs chopped fresh oregano
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 400g cooked, wholemeal spaghetti


  1. To make the Bolognese: Fry chopped garlic, celery and onion using a low calorie oil spray, until soft.
  2. Add extra lean minced beef (or Quorn if you want a vegetarian option) and brown in the pan.
  3. Add chopped mushrooms, peppers, canned tomatoes or passata, oregano, thyme, carrots, tomato puree, dried chilli and a drop of balsamic vinegar if you like.
  4. Simmer until sauce is thickened.
  5. Season to taste. Pour over spaghetti and serve with a green salad on the side.

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just made this dish and was amazing.tweaked it slightly by using 2 fresh tomatoes instead of tinned, and adding a touch more puree.also added a spash of red wine.added half a syn for that.Bon appetite


This recipe/method appears all wrong. My opinion is too much vegetables. Once I added the stock and the other stuff (it says simmer until thickened) it was already thick, required no simmering, so carrott was obviously rock hard. Note to anyone who attempts to make this; i would put the carrot in to soften at the same time as the onion, celery and garlic :) hope that helps. Won't be following this recipe/method again. there are much better oness

Charlotte Gunn - Editor

Hi Emma, syns are part of The Slimming World Diet plan - it's how users calculate how much they're allowed to eat. Is that what you meant? Thanks, Charlotte


What is the 1/2 syn for?

GTK Recipes Ed

Sorry! It should also say that the celery should be thinly sliced and added at same time as the garlic and onion (stage 1) and the other ingredients should be added at stage 3. We'll amend the recipe too...

Ann Alligham

This is a strange recipe, as the celery, carrots, tomato puree & dried chilli in the ingredients list are not mentioned in the method, but the method does say to add thyme which isn't mentioned in the list of ingredients!

Margaret Donaldson

I enjoy these recipes as they are not too complicated, I am not a lover of lots of herbs. Simple recipes are my kind of thing good basic cooking! Thank You

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