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Low-Calorie Bolognese Recipe

This Bolognese recipe is simple, healthy and tastes delicious. Goes great with pasta or if you’re looking to lose weight you could have this with spiralled vegetables. With no sugar or oil, it’s also low in calories.

If you don’t eat meat, feel free to swap this with either a meat substitute or the veg of your choice. This would make the dish suitable for vegetarians. If you are a vegan, you can also swap the chicken stock cube out for a vegetarian one.

Have this Bolognese recipe for lunch or dinner. We’ve made this in large portions for family gatherings and it went down a treat.

I tend to make multiple portions and freeze the extras. It heats up easily without losing any of the taste or consistency, even when heated straight from frozen.

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Makes – 4 portions
Time – 1 hour

Nutritional information per portion (excluding pasta).

208 calories
9g carbs
7g fat
28g protein


500g 5% beef mince
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 can of chopped tomatoes
½ chicken stock cube in 200ml hot water
2tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp Italian mixed herbs


1 – Chop the onions into small cubes and put to one side.

2 – Spray a pan with cooking spray and turn onto a high heat.

3 – Add the 500g mince, chopped onion and crush 2 garlic cloves in to the pan and reduce to a medium heat. Continue to stir and break the mince up until the mince has all turned brown.

4 – Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, 2 tbsp tomato puree, ½ chicken stock in 200ml hot water, 2tbsp red wine vinegar and 2 tsp Italian mixed herbs. Stir in the new ingredients and bring to a light simmer.

5 – Continue to reduce the liquid until the tomatoes and onion have dissolved into a sauce and you have reached a consistency you like. I tend to continue to cook my Bolognese until there is no more liquid in the bottom of the pan.

6 – Don’t forget to put your pasta or vegetables on to cook at the same time as step 5.

Hope you enjoy this low-calorie Bolognese recipe.

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