Family Fave Spaghetti Bolognese with Smuggled Vegetables, Parmesan & Basil
  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Calories: 620
We don't know about you but spaghetti bolognese is a firm favourite in our house, even when it is packed full of sneaky vegetables! The trick with this recipe is to use a food processor to blitz your vegetables as small as possible, to smuggle them past those fussy eaters. Top with delicious parmesan and basil and hopefully they'll be none the wiser!
  • 1 75g Pack of Baby Spinach
  • 180 g of Spaghetti #5
  • 1 of Carrot
  • 1 of Brown Onion
  • 2 of Garlic Clove
  • 1 350g Pack of Lampomodoro (Passata)
  • 1 Small Bunch of Basil
  • 100 g of Baby Zucchini
  • 200 g of Beef Mince
  • 14 Cup of Red Wine
  • 20 g of Parmesan (Shaved)
  • 3 Tbsp of Tomato Paste

Prepare Ingredients:

If using a food processor, peel and roughly chop onion, garlic and carrot. Trim zucchini and cut in half lengthwise, removing seeds, and roughly chop. Pick basil leaves, discarding stems. Put a large pot of salted water on to boil for cooking spaghetti in step 5.

Process Vegetables:

Add 34 of the chopped onion (you will have some leftover), garlic, carrot, a large handful of spinach, zucchini and 12 the basil to food processor and blitz until finely chopped.

Start Bolognese:

Heat olive oil (enough to cover base) in a deep sided pan over medium heat. Add processed vegetables and a pinch of salt, and sweat off for 2-3 minutes, until they start to soften. Add tomato paste and cook for a further 2 minutes, until paste darkens in colour.

Finish Bolognese:

Add mince, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, and cook until browned. Add red wine and stir well. Cook until almost dry, about 2 minutes. Add passata and bring back to a simmer. Simmer bolognese for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until mince is cooked and sauce has thickened slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cook Spaghetti:

While bolognese simmers, add spaghetti to the pot of boiling water and cook 7-9 minutes or until al dente. Reserve a little of the pasta cooking water and drain well.

You Plate It:

Add drained spaghetti to the pan of bolognese sauce, coating the pasta in the sauce. Divide between bowls and garnish with parmesan and any remaining basil leaves. Enjoy!