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Spaghetti bolognese

Hidden Vegetables Spaghetti Bolognese

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main Meal
  • Method: Hob
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Low Calorie


A flavoursome spaghetti bolognese with lots of hidden vegetables. Children or fussy adults will not even realise are there!



One packet of dried spaghetti (or pasta, whichever you prefer)

500g of 5% beef mince or Quorn mince.

1 tin of chopped tomatoes,

1 tablespoon of tomato puree

500g of passata,

1 carrot,

1 stick of celery,

1 tsp of garlic powder,

a handful of mushrooms,

1 onion,

Grated cheese (optional),

a pinch of salt and pepper.


Dice the onion and mushrooms as small as you can make them. This prevents little eyes from seeing them and refusing to eat them.

Grate the celery and carrot. Place on a paper towel and drain as much water from them as possible.

Put some oil, or some low cal cooking spray into a hot pan and add the onion, carrot, mushroom and celery. Cook for 1-2 minutes on a medium high heat.

Add the mince and keep mixing to make sure nothing sticks and it is all mixed together. Cook for 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally until all brown and cooked.

Add the garlic powder, salt, pepper and tomato puree and mix.

Add the tomatoes from the tin and passata, mix until covered and cover the pan and reduce the heat to simmer and reduce. Make sure you keep coming back to stir with a wooden spoon, you don’t want it to stick to the bottom.

Fill a pan with water and add a pinch of salt, bring to the boil and then add your spaghetti or pasta and wait until cooked.

Grate cheese if wanted.


Keywords: pasta, hidden vegetables, fussy eaters,

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