Spaghetti Bolognese

When it comes to pasta, there is nothing that beats this classic slimming friendly Spaghetti Bolognese – whether you’re following Weight Watchers, Calorie Counting or other diets!

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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 👍

Everyone has their own version, but this is ours. We’ve adapted it over the years, and more recently to include some extra veg.

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Not only does it bulk it out, making the meat go further (gotta love a thrifty meal!) but it’s also an excellent way of sneaking some extra veggies into your meal, and into your kids!

If you love a pasta dish, why not try some of our other classic pasta recipes?

How many Calories are in this Spaghetti Bolognese?

You might think Italian food is high in calories, but not our Spaghetti Bolognese!

It has less than 350 calories per portion, and is packed full of flavour! This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. 

This recipe 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.

What diets is this Spaghetti Bolognese suitable for?

This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions; 

  • Stock cubes
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Spaghetti

You could also enjoy this Spaghetti Bolognese if you’re dairy free. 

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

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Spaghetti Bolognese recipe?

Pasta is a bit of a nemesis when it comes to Weight Watchers…but all is not lost!

You could replace the spaghetti with a vegetable version such as ‘courgetti” which would lower the Smart Points from 9 with standard pasta.

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How to make Spaghetti Bolognese

This is a really easy, family-friendly recipe to make. Here’s a summary;

  • Brown off the mince
  • Add the other ingredients and mix well
  • Simmer until the sauce is rich and reduced
  • Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet
  • Serve immediately with your choice of accompaniment, if required

What should you should serve with Spaghetti Bolognese?

This dish really doesn’t need an accompaniment, but there are a few classics to serve with this tasty meal:

Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values. 

Do you need any special ingredients to make Spaghetti Bolognese?

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You don’t need any special ingredients to make this recipe. In fact, you can pack it full of loads of spare veggies you’ve got lurking around!

When making anything with spaghetti, a proper pasta pan is really useful. The pasta needs loads of space to move and cook properly rather than being crammed in a small pan!

You can get a suitable saucepan from most large supermarkets, or over on Amazon!

Can you cook Spaghetti Bolognese another way?

Yes…well, you can cook the bolognese part a different way. The spaghetti is best cooked using the traditional hob method.

Pressure Cooker: Brown off the mince using the sauté function, add the other ingredients and mix. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes, then quick release the pressure. You may need to use the sauté function to bring the bolognese to the boil and reduce to thicken.

Slow Cooker: Brown off the mince in a frying pan. Add to the slow cooker along with the other ingredients and cook on high for 4 hours. Leave the lid off (but temperature still on!) to reduce and thicken the sauce at the end of the fours hours

How do you know when the Spaghetti Bolognese is cooked?

When the sauce has reduced and is thick and rich, and the mince is tender then your bolognese is ready! Your pasta should be slightly al dente (just a little bite).

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. 

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How long can you keep Spaghetti Bolognese in the fridge?

Once you’ve cooked this, you should ideally eat it immediately.

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

Why not top the left over bolognese with mashed potato and carrot, top with some  cheese or mozzarella and have an Italian Cottage Pie? It’s one of our favourite leftover meals!

Can I freeze Spaghetti Bolognese?

Yes you can – but we’d recommend to just freeze the bolognese and cook the pasta fresh! 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 Spaghetti 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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  1. Spray a large saucepan with Low Calorie Cooking Spray and brown the meat for 5 minutes. Add all of the veg and herbs and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the tomato purée and cook out for a couple of minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Simmer on a low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick and rich, and the meat tender.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the cooking instructions.
  4. Serve immediately with spaghetti, or pasta with a sprinkle of Parmesan!

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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 made a batch of this recipe as part of my weekly food prep. It is one of the nicest Spag Bol recipes that I’ve ever tasted! So much flavour…gorgeous!

  2. Going to try this today. Might be a silly question but when it says 2 oxo cubes does that mean made in to stock? Or crumbled in? Thanks!

  3. I’ve made this lots of times for my family of 5 and we all love it. I’m going to make it this weekend for my mum and my 6 year old nephew. Is there a way of making this so that all of the veg is blended and hidden in the sauce?

  4. Made this using your recipe today. Well impressed, turned out perfectly ,a great consistency. I added a little bit of sugar to the tomatoes for my own preference. Another success using your website, have now tried quite a few and each one has been great. My husband not on SW always eats these recipes when I cook them. Thank you and well done on such good successful recipes.

  5. Hi Guys.

    Love this recipe! Does the calorie count you have provided include the spaghetti, or is that just for the bolognese?

    Many thanks xx

  6. After using Bolognese jar of sauce for all my food, I bit the bullet and made this version and I am so so glad I did. It was the tastiest Bolognese I have ever made.
    Thank you so much for making this recipe.

  7. This is the first recipe I’ve made by yourselves, it definitely wont be the last! It was so tasty even my 8yr old son demolished his plate full. And better still he didn’t even realise it had carrots, leek or courgettes in! Winner winner. Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. I usually make spaghetti bolognese from jar or a sachet, I have always been scared to attempt it, however this recipe is simple to follow and doesn’t require much cooking time, the recipe was absolutely delicious, I added extra salt at the end to suit my taste buds, also found a little bit dried mint is a nice little extra, I will not be using jars or sachets again, thank you very much for sharing this recipe.

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