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This Pasta Bolognese Bake is a fantastic, filling meal you can enjoy when counting calories or following plans like Slimming World and Weight Watchers!

I don’t think I love anything much more than a good Pasta Bake. This Pasta Bolognese Bake ticks all the boxes when it comes to slimming pasta bakes!

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

There are lots of slimming Pasta bakes out there, so we thought we’d join the fray, and give you our take on the Pasta Bolognese Bake.

The onion, carrots and celery in a pasta dish are known as “Soffritto”. Soffritto is the base for many good Italian recipes and pasta bakes. It can even vary slightly from country to country.

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The idea of using a fragrant Soffritto as a base for adding flavour to dishes is not unique to Italy. In France, it’s called mirepoix, and in Spain it’s Sofrito.

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Making this Pasta Bolognese Bake couldn’t be easier. Just cook the ingredients, add the pasta, top with cheese & then pop in the oven.

We recommend that once you’ve browned the 5% fat Minced Beef that you don’t wipe the pan, and add the vegetables to it.

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You could have some of our Syn Free Cheesy Garlic Bread to go with it!

This is so that the vegetables take on the beefy flavour. It really takes this Pasta Bolognese Bake to the next level, and adds such a depth of flavour.

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How Slimming World Friendly is this Pasta Bolognese Bake?

This Pasta Bolognese Bake recipe is Syn Free!

We used 5% fat Minced beef to keep this Syn Free. Anything higher than 5% and then you’ll need to Syn it.

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You may have heard tales of people running a kettle of boiling water over beef mince to decrease its fat content. This doesn’t work, as some of the fat will still remain in the beef mince.

Finally, the cheese!

This Pasta Bolognese Bake is only Syn Free if you use half of one Healthy Extra A choice. You can use whatever cheese you like – just make sure to check the Syns for your cheese, and whether it can be used as a Healthy Extra A.

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You can use whatever cheese you like – just make sure to check the Syn value for your cheese, and whether it can be used as a Healthy Extra.

We used 80g of Reduced Fat Cheddar which is 2 Healthy Extra A’s. Split between 4 people this would be half of one HEA choice each.

Some of you love this Pasta Bolognese Bake recipe!

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One of our Instagram followers @laura_sw_weightloss_journey made this dish and loved it!
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Another of our Instagram followers @sarah.durnford made this dish and loved it too!

If you make this recipe, snap a pic and hashtag it #pinchofnom — We love to see your creations on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter!

Syn Free Cheesy Garlic Bread to go with this Pasta Bolognese Bake?

We’ve got your BACK! We came up with a pretty amazing Syn free Cheesy Garlic Bread recipe recently, that has been just a little popular. When I say a little… I mean a LOT!

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Just look at it 😱 Yes, it is SYN FREE!

Click here for our Syn Free Cheesy Garlic bread recipe.

Looking for some more slimming mince recipes?

Why not take a look at our Top Slimming World Mince Recipes article?

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Prep Time

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people 15 minutes 40 minutes



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434kcal 18

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  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C
  2. Mist a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and heat
  3. Brown the onions lightly then add the minced beef, garlic, balsamic vinegar & herbs. Cook until browned
  4. Fill a pan with water & cook the pasta according to the instructions
  5. Add the carrots, celery, mushrooms, pepper, tomato puree, tinned tomatoes, Henderson's Relish/Worcestershire Sauce, beef stock and red wine stock pot. Turn the heat down and let simmer for 10-15 minutes until carrots begin to soften
  6. Check your pasta. If cooked drain and leave to one side
  7. Mix the Pasta into the sauce. If your pan is oven safe, top with cheese & place in the oven. If it's not, place the pasta & sauce into an oven proof dish & top with cheese.
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes until your cheese has browned & serve!

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This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.


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  1. I didn’t use the red wine stock pot but found it bland where did I go wrong. I also made enough for 6 portions by following the recipe which was fantastic

    1. Hi Serena
      The richness of the red wine stock pot really does add to the flavour, so it is a necessary addition to the recipe. If you don’t have one then you can try adding an extra stock cube

  2. Help!!! I’m confused.

    Step 5 says to add the carrots, celery, etc. but I’m not sure what to… the pasta in step 4 or the mince in step 3?

    1. Hi Julie
      Yes, the recipe is suitable for freezing. All our recipes which are suitable for freezing now have a frozen symbol on the recipe card. Hope that helps.

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      You can freeze the meat sauce, but I would recommend cooking the pasta from fresh as it can become very soft if reheated having been frozen.

      Hope that helps!

  3. Can I portion this into different containers and freeze them then take out the night before to defrost ready for the morning and eat cold? Thinking of doing this for lunches 🙂 Thanks! Xx

    1. Hi Mary, once this dish is cooked and cooled, you can portion it up and freeze it. The safest way to defrost would be overnight in the fridge. It can then be reheated, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t eat it cold once defrosted. Hope that helps. 🙂

    1. Hi Clare
      Several supermarkets do their own, or branded, red wine stockpots now. I got some from Sainsbury’s, and I’m sure I’ve found them in Morrisons previously. 🙂

    1. Hi Beth
      Absolutely! I do it all the time, in fact I think it tastes even better! Just make sure it’s fully heated throughout. 😉

    1. Hi Maria
      Admin are aware that there are some gremlins in the print function and are working to resolve the issue. 🙂

  4. I made this yesterday following the recipe. It says served 4. I could have fed my neighbours with the amount I had. 8 portions in freezer and two portions to eat. Very nice but I will remember to half everything next time 😊😊

    1. Hi Linda
      Obviously everyone’s appetite is different, we always go on the generous side when it comes to portion size! Glad you enjoyed it anyway, and the bonus is that you have a few meals waiting in the freezer now! 🙂

  5. I can’t get hold any red wine stock pots, where can i buy these from? or if i can’t get any, what would you recommend I use instead?
    I would love to make a batch of this for my lunches next week!

    thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Amber
      Knorr make red wine stock pots, and Tesco make an own brand, but if you can’t find any, you can leave it out. 🙂

  6. This was lovely. Made it today and there was plenty. I didnt have the wine stock but it was fine, I am going to be making this next week so I will make sure I’ve got them for next time.

  7. Hi, this sounds yummy! Could I use passatta instead of chopped tomatoes please, as that’s all I’ve got in my cupboard at the moment?

    1. Hi Dawn
      That should be fine, but you may need to simmer the sauce and reduce it a little more to thicken it up. 🙂

  8. Hi I am a vegetarian and am looking to replicate the mInce with quorn mince instead. I don’t use alcohol in my cooking is there anyway I could replace this stock with another stock instead please? And instead of using the beef stock could I use veg instead? I know I am changing a lot it’s just that the vegetarian recipes are limited in options.

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