Baked Bean Bolognese

  • 10MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 506KCAL

Our thrifty, slimming friendly Baked Bean Bolognese is a great way to feed the whole family and is perfect whether you’re counting calories or following Weight Watchers.

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories506
  • Carbs76g
  • Protein16g
  • Fat7g
  • Saturates2g
  • Sugars8g

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This recipe may sound strange, but this Baked Bean Bolognese really is delicious and purse-friendly!

Buying low fat meat can be expensive, especially if you’re feeding the whole family, but with a few clever swaps you can make a small amount of meat go further.

Adding the baked beans along with plenty of vegetables means you can make 400g of mince beef serve 4 people instead of just 2! Plus it would taste just as delicious on a jacket potato the next day, so that’s lunch sorted!

As well as being a super thrifty meal, our Baked Bean Bolognese is a great slimming alternative to a traditional bolognese, whether you’re counting calories or following Weight Watchers.

What diets is this Baked Bean Bolognese suitable for?

This Baked Bean Bolognese recipe can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Dried pasta
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Beef stock cube

It can also be made vegetarian as long as you swap out the following ingredients for vegetarian versions;

  • 5% beef mince. Swap for a meat free alternative or more diced mushrooms.
  • Worcestershire sauce. Use a vegetarian Worcestershire sauce or Henderson’s Relish.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Baked Bean Bolognese recipe?

You need to count 13 Points per portion of this Baked Bean Bolognese recipe.

  • You need to count 13 Points per portion of this Baked Bean Bolognese recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 13 Points per portion of this Baked Bean Bolognese recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 13 Points per portion of this Baked Bean Bolognese recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

It’s super tasty and filling so you could easily serve half a portion and enjoy it with extra vegetables or a side salad!

Do you need any special ingredients to make Baked Bean Bolognese?

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How many calories are in this Baked Bean Bolognese?

There are 506 calories per portion in this Baked Bean Bolognese, which means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence category.

This Baked Bean Bolognese is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Heat two non stick pans and spray liberally with low calorie cooking spray. Brown your mince in one and sauté your vegetables and garlic in the other. This should take about 5 minutes.

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Step 2

Once the mince is browned, add the vegetables and continue to sauté. Crumble the beef stock cube over and add salt and pepper. Continue to sauté until the vegetables are soft.

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Step 3

Add the tomato puree, tomato passata, chopped tomatoes and baked beans and mix well. Simmer for five minutes.

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Step 4

Add the mustard powder, italian herbs and Worcestershire sauce and simmer for a further 10 minutes.

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Step 5

Serve with your pasta of choice and some cheese. Nom, nom, nom!

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How do you know when Baked Bean Bolognese is cooked?

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet usually dried pasta is cooked between 10-12 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Baked Bean Bolognese in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Baked Bean Bolognese in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Baked Bean Bolognese?

Yes can freeze the beef mince and baked bean sauce but we do not recommend freezing the pasta. If you do freeze your sauce 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.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Baked Bean Bolognese?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Baked Bean Bolognese

Our thrifty, slimming friendly Baked Bean Bolognese is a great way to feed the whole family and is perfect whether you’re counting calories or following Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 506
  • Carbs 76G
WW Points
  • 13 Green
  • 13 Blue
  • 13 Purple

Ingredients

  • 200 g 5% fat lean beef mince
  • 1 large red onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 red pepper
  • 100 g mushrooms
  • 1 small courgette
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 400 g chopped tomatoes
  • 100 g passata
  • 420 g baked beans
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch mustard powder
  • ½ tsp Italian herbs
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 500 g dried pasta you can use whichever one you prefer
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Heat two non stick pans and spray liberally with low calorie cooking spray. Brown your mince in one and sauté your vegetables and garlic in the other. This should take about 5 minutes.
  2. Once the mince is browned, add the vegetables and continue to sauté. Crumble the beef stock cube over and add salt and pepper. Continue to sauté until the vegetables are soft.
  3. Add the tomato puree, tomato passata, chopped tomatoes and baked beans and mix well. Simmer for five minutes.
  4. Add the mustard powder, italian herbs and Worcestershire sauce and simmer for a further 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with your pasta of choice and some cheese. Nom, nom, nom!

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ChrisTuesday 25th February 2020

Please note re swapping out ingredients for a vegetarian version that Worcestershire Sauce is not veggie either! It contains anchovies. You can buy a veggie version online called Biona Organic Worcester Sauce.

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    Steve CowderoyMonday 18th May 2020

    Hi Chris, thanks for getting in touch with us. The website has been amended to state the changes that would need to be made when swapping ingredients out for vegetarians. Hope this helps.

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Rosamund ClarkeThursday 20th June 2019

I’d be infuriated if I had to pay £5 for 500gms 5% fat minced beef but I don’t. I bought 500gms this morning at Lidl for £2.99, Aldi’s is £3.30. Also, you didn’t mention it but I make a very similar recipe and grate both carrots and cougettes.

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