Speedy Bolognese

Bolognese is a family classic and everyone has their own way of doing it. I love mine filled with veg and because it’s chopped up quite small even the toddler eats it without any fuss. This is also SP friendly and I enjoy having it with courgetti (spiralised courgette) that’s been stir fried for a couple of minutes.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 500g of lean beef mince
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 100g of button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1.5 tsp of Very Lazy Garlic
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • Half a carton of passata
  • 3 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 1 tsp of dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 100ml of water


Cut up all your vegetables, making them whatever size you like, mine are usually quite fine so the toddler doesn’t notice them too much. On a medium heat fry the onion and garlic in a few sprays of Frylight for about 5 minutes. Add the pepper then the mince and fry till the mince has browned then drain any excess liquid. Add the dried herbs, the tinned tomatoes and the passata and stir thoroughly then add the water and tomato puree and stir again. Pop the 2 bay leaves in and then bring to the boil. Stir in the mushrooms, reduce the heat and simmer for around 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the liquid has reduced and thickened up. Remove the bay leaves then serve with spaghetti or courgetti and enjoy!


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