Saturday, 24 September 2016

Healthier Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

My favourite comfort food in the world is Spaghetti Bolognese. I'll usually have it for a meal weekly, luckily for me - my daughter is also a big fan. Which means that I can please everyone; instead of making different meals. I like it with lots of pasta, garlic bread and parmasan cheese so, it is understandable how quickly that the calories AND carbs can add up! Rather than continuing to bloat up on my favourite meal, I figured I could create a less traditional version of the Bolognese... by making swaps such as: beef for lean turkey mince (this is a good way to get leaner meat for cheaper too!), white pasta for wholewheat (I don't notice the difference) and making your own sauce, instead of buying a ready made jar.

The sauce is SO easy to make.

Here is a list of  the ingredients!

  •  450g-500g Turkey Mince
  • Wholewheat spaghetti (as much as you like)
  • Half a teaspoon of garlic puree
  •  A tablespoon of dried mixed herbs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A level tablespoon of tomato puree
  • 2 tins of plum tomatoes
  •  Pepper
  • 1 Large onion
  • Olive oil 
  • 1 Oxo cube (Beef stock cube)
Optional extras (peppers, mushrooms, celery, glug of red wine.)
To serve (garlic bread, parmesan, fresh basil leaves)

Begin by warming up a little olive oil in a frying pan. Then fry the mince on a medium heat until it is cooked through. Meanwhile chop the onion while the mince is frying.. then once cooked transfer to another pan or bowl while you begin to fry the onions.

You can quickly drain and wash the frying pan prior.

Just as the onions are cooked, drain any excess oil and add half a teaspoon of garlic. Cook for a minute more and then pour in the tinned tomatoes, break them up with a wooden spoon or spatula.

Allow this to come to the boil then simmer. Boil a kettle of water while this is simmering ready for the wholewheat pasta.

Now add the mince back to the sauce once it is warmed through, along with the tablespoon mixed herbs, bay leaf, pepper and crumbled oxo cube.

Let the sauce simmer away and start to boil your pasta on a high high then once it is bubbling away, lower slightly. This would also be a good time to put garlic bread in the oven. Both should take around 15 minutes to cook.

When you are happy that your pasta is cooked well, mix it into the sauce if your pan is big enough and serve. Then WALAH, you are done, bon appetite!