If you’re looking for a mega quick slimming friendly lunch, there is nothing better than this low Points and low calorie Bovril Spaghetti!
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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 to know in the blurb!
A twist on traditional spaghetti dishes, the Bovril flavour gives this recipe a real kick!
This low calorie Bovril Spaghetti has just four simple ingredients and takes 10 minutes to cook, which means it’s a super easy and simple option for a light lunch or dinner.
You’ll only need one pan to make this dish, so you won’t be left with lots of washing up at the end, and it reheats really well so any leftovers can be enjoyed for lunch the following day.
If you wanted to bulk this dish out a bit more, then you can simply throw in any extra vegetables that you might have lying around. Pretty much any veggies will work really well, but we especially love mushrooms, tenderstem broccoli or some peppers.
You might find that you want a looser sauce, in which case simply add a couple of tbsp of the pasta water when you mix in your spaghetti.
Like your Bovril Spaghetti a bit tangier? Add a little extra Bovril to suit your tastes, but remember that you will need to adjust the calories and Points if you do this.
What diets is this Bovril Spaghetti suitable for?
This Bovril Spaghetti is suitable for dairy free diets as long as you omit the optional parmesan garnish or use a dairy free alternative.
Please make sure to double and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Bovril Spaghetti?
You don’t need any special ingredients to enjoy this recipe.
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You’ll need a colander to strain your spaghetti off before adding it to your Bovril.
You should be able to pick up some Bovril in your local supermarket, but if not you can also grab it online.
How many calories are in Bovril Spaghetti?
There are 455 calories per portion in Bovril Spaghetti, which means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence category.
Bovril Spaghetti 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.
Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions. Reserve a few tbsp of the pasta water in a separate bowl, and then drain the spaghetti. Leave in the colander.
Spray the saucepan with plenty of low calorie cooking spray. On a low heat, stir in the Bovril. If you like your pasta particularly tangy, then add a little extra more Bovril at this point to suit your taste.
Stir the pasta into the Bovril until the spaghetti is coated in the sauce. If you want a looser sauce, then mix in a couple of tbsp of the pasta water that you set aside earlier.
Serve with some freshly ground black pepper and some grated parmesan (optional).
What could I serve with Bovril Spaghetti?
This Bovril Spaghetti works really well when served on its own, but is also delicious when served alongside any of the following accompaniments:
How do you know when Bovril Spaghetti is cooked?
The spaghetti should be cooked according to the packet instructions, which should take around 8-12 minutes depending on how firm you like it!
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 Bovril Spaghetti 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 Bovril Spaghetti in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Bovril Spaghetti?
Yes you can! 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.
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 Bovril Spaghetti?
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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If you're looking for a mega quick slimming friendly lunch, there is nothing better than this low Points and low calorie Bovril Spaghetti!
- KCals 455
- Carbs 86G
- Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions. Reserve a few tbsp of the pasta water in a separate bowl, and then drain the spaghetti. Leave in the colander.
- Spray the saucepan with plenty of low calorie cooking spray. On a low heat, stir in the Bovril. If you like your pasta particularly tangy, then add a little extra more Bovril at this point to suit your taste.
- Stir the pasta into the Bovril until the spaghetti is coated in the sauce. If you want a looser sauce, then mix in a couple of tbsp of the pasta water that you set aside earlier.
- Serve with some freshly ground black pepper and some grated parmesan (optional).
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Sharron FoxFriday 3rd March 2023
Can you use any stock cube?
SharonFriday 3rd March 2023
Hi Sharron, this recipe uses Bovril which is a beef extract paste. You could try using Marmite yeast extract spread as an alternative if you prefer. Enjoy the recipe!
NatalieMonday 8th February 2021
Hi there does this work with marmite instead of bovril? I couldn’t find bovril In my local Sainsbury’s only marmite?? Xx
HollyTuesday 9th February 2021
Hi Natalie, we haven’t tried this recipe using Marmite the flavours will be slightly different but it should still work okay. Hope that helps!
Sue BarberWednesday 3rd February 2021
It’s great that you give weight watcher points for your online recipes, but I wondered if you have lists of points values for your cookbooks please ? I have tried to find lists without any success
Sue Barber 🙂
LisaThursday 4th February 2021
We have an article here, which will help you to work out the values 🙂
sapphron turnageWednesday 3rd February 2021
Hi. Is this Bovril paste/ spread rather than granules?
LisaThursday 4th February 2021
Yes, it the bovril paste that comes in a jar. If you scroll down the recipe, you will find a picture of what you need in the “do you need any special ingredients to make Bovril Spaghetti” paragraph. Hope this helps
Ainsley HarriottSaturday 10th August 2019
I don’t quite understand this recipe. Is there any liquid in the saucepan with the Bovril or am I trying Bovril Powder? What do I do with the pasta and Bovril Powder after returning it to the pan?
Emma TMonday 23rd September 2019
When you put the Bovril into the frying pan, it will naturally melt and become looser. You can then easily stir in the pasta ????
HannahWednesday 25th July 2018
Hi can you use the stock cubes Bovril or does it have to be the jar ?
CalumMonday 30th April 2018
Do you add water to the Bovril ?
HelenSaturday 2nd March 2019
Hi tried this and it was lovely do you think it would work with the chicken flavour bovril? Thanks.
GillFriday 16th March 2018
This sounds nice but could you use marmite instead of bovril do you think? ????
Joanne AdairMonday 15th January 2018
We had this today at lunch time, with a salad, and it was lovely. A quick, tasty alternative to sandwiches. Thank you Pinch of Nom.
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