Healthy Bolognese (with a few twists)

This healthy Spaghetti Bolognese is such a versatile meal – check out my variations for loads of inspiration for this family favourite.

This recipe will go well with the following Gingin beef products: Grass Fed Mince

Health Bolognese (with a few twists)

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This healthy Spaghetti Bolognese is such a versatile meal – check out my variations for loads of inspiration for this family favourite.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil – extra virgin
  • 2 onion/s – diced
  • 2 clove/s garlic – finely chopped or crushed
  • 500g beef mince – or turkey or chicken mince
  • 2 bay leaf/s
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary – or 2 tablespoons of fresh
  • 1 tbsp  dried oregano
  • 1 carrot/s – grated
  • 1 zucchini/s – grated
  • 1 stick/s celery – finely chopped
  • 75g mushrooms -sliced (or processed if mushroom fussy) (1 cup)
  • 700g tomato passata (puree) – or you can use 5-6 vine ripened tomatoes, diced on a plate to keep the juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste
  • 1 bunch/s fresh basil leaves – roughly chopped (to serve)
  • 300g pasta – of your choice

Optional Extras

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste – for a richer tomato flavour if using fresh tomatoes

Instructions

  • In a large pan or a pot with a lid, sauté onions and garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil over a low to medium heat, for a couple of minutes until they start to soften, but not brown.
  • Add the mince (or lentils) and bay leaves, dried rosemary and oregano and cook until it just starts to brown (about 5 minutes) then add the vegetables, tomatoes (and tomato paste if using). Season to taste.
  • Place the lid ajar the pan. Simmer until the sauce starts to thicken, minimum 30 minutes. The longer you can let it simmer, the richer the sauce will become.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the basil. Serve with al dente spaghetti (or one of the variations below).

Thermomix

  • Chop the carrot, zucchini and celery 10 sec, speed 4. Set aside.
  • Now place the garlic in the bowl. Chop 5 sec, speed 6.
  • Add the onion and chop 5 seconds, speed 4.
  • Add the olive oil and saute 2 mins, 100, speed 1.
  • Add the mince, bay leaves, dried rosemary and oregano and cook 5 mins, 100, reverse speed 1.
  • Add the vegetables, mushrooms and tomato passata and cook 20-30 mins, 100, reverse speed 1 (with the cap in place so it doesn't spit over your bench). Season to taste.
  • Once cooked stir in the basil. Serve with al dente spaghetti (or one of the variations below).

Serve

  • I like to serve this with a simple green salad.

Notes

Bolognese is a great dish to pre-prepare and it also freezes really well. I often freeze leftovers in little glass pyrex containers and will mix a few together to make one meal. If time is an issue, double the above recipe and freeze in ready to go batches.

Recipe and image courtesy of Well Nourished

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