Hidden veg bolognese Recipe

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  • Healthy

serves:

4

Skill:

easy

Cost:

cheap

Total Time:

01:00

Prep:

00:15

Cooking:

00:45

Nutrition per portion

RDA
Calories 422 kCal 21%
Fat 9g 13%
  -  Saturates 2.5g 13%

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. Getting kids to eat more veg can be a challenge, but sneaking them into this tasty pasta sauce is a great way for them to enjoy new vegetables without even realising it. This hidden veg Bolognese is cheap, easy and full of flavour – the perfect mid week family meal.

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  • 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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