Including how to make this for under £1 a head
This is the best family-friendly spaghetti bolognese recipe that can be made in the slow cooker or in a wok or deep pan. It’s really easy for beginners to cook and can be made in advance if you are short of time.
Please don’t be scared of making the bolognese sauce yourself. It is really easy, cheap to make and healthy for the whole family to enjoy.
This low calorie, dairy free budget friendly spaghetti bolognese recipe is perfect for those nights that you want a healthy meal that only takes 15 minutes to cook.
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If you are new to Slimming World or any weight loss group then knowing what to cook can sometimes feel like a minefield.
Remember that all the food you cook is great for your family to eat too. There is no need to cook separate meals.
Think of Slimming World like you would anything else. Plan out your meals; exactly what you are going to eat that day. You can swap and change it but it means that you should have everything you need to hand and won’t be looking for a quick snack.
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If you do feel out of your depth then have a look at Spicentice. They send you packets of spices that can help liven up your mealtimes. What we love the best about Spicentice though is that the packets include an exact shopping list and easy to follow instructions. You can then use them over and over again.
Spicentice are Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly, offer gluten-free spices and dairy-free.
They are great to use if you are new to cooking from scratch or if you are looking to get your family eating new budget-friendly meals and have no clue where to start.
We tried them at the start of this year and loved them. We got stuck in a food rut and they helped by giving us ideas while keeping our food budget really low.
Using Spicentice we have cooked:
Slimming World Spaghetti Bolognese
Spaghetti Bolognese is a huge hit in my house, mainly because the kids think they aren’t eating any veg and because I actually stick as much vegetables in as I can! It’s so easy to hide, compared to many of the other recipes I cook, which gets picked to pieces!
It’s really simple too and can be done with Mince or Quorn. I’ve used both, and they’re lush either way. I also grate ALL the vegetables. Nothing is left to chance in this house, but cutting things small would work well too if your kids aren’t as picky as mine.
This serves four of us, two adults and two kids, but could be bulked up by either doubling it or adding more vegetables and an extra can of chopped tomatoes. It also freezes really well, so if you make to much, don’t worry, just bung it in the freezer for a day you can’t be bothered to cook!
Slimming World Spaghetti Bolognese Ingredients
Low-calorie cooking spray 5p
1 onion, grated 10p
2 carrots, grated 8p
1 garlic clove, grated 5p
500g 5% lean beef mince £2.59
400g can chopped tomatoes 39p
2 tsp dried oregano 2p
1 beef stock cube 5p
350g dried spaghetti 30p
Total: £3.63 (that’s 91p a head for four people)
If you are cooking this in the slow cooker then brown the mince off first, then add everything except the spaghetti to the slow cooker and leave on a low to medium heat for about 6 to 8 hours. When you get in, cook the spaghetti for 12 minutes then serve.
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If you are looking for a slow cooker then we have this one: Morphy Richards Slow Cooker Sear and Stew 460012 3.5L Black Slowcooker*.
It’s easy to use, dishwasher friendly and has three different heat settings.
Slimming friendly bolognese sauce
Start by boiling the kettle and pouring the water into a large pan. Add the dried spaghetti to the pan and leave to cook for 12 minutes.
Add the cooking spray to the wok or deep pan and add the mince on a low heat.
Grate the onions, garlic, and carrots and add them when the mince is brown.
Once the vegetables are cooked down a little, add the chopped tomatoes and stock cube to the pan with the dried oregano.
Put the lid on and leave to simmer until it’s all cooked down.
This normally takes about 10 minutes or so. Stirring occasionally can help it stop sticking to the bottom of the pan.
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Once the spaghetti is cooked, drain and add to the mince mix.
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