Skinny (syn free) Spaghetti Bolognese

I love a good spaghetti bolognese and last night’s was a good spaghetti bolognese although technically we had fettuccine bolognese. I do love cooking and I must admit that I would normally make this dish from scratch but there are those long work days when you get home and have your Dolmio day! The recipe looks something like this;

1 jar of Dolmio Bolognese
500g of mince beef
1 onion
glug of cooking oil
handful of cheese each

If we were to share this between the two of us (not an uncommon event) it would be 45 syns each! to put this into context for those of you unfamiliar with syns slimming world recommended that you have between 5 and 15 syns a day! (don’t worry I am not starving my self there are plenty of syn free ways to cook and syn free ingredients).  Do not despair though I have a tasty recipe so that you can still enjoy bolognese

Quorn mince (you can use lean mince as long as it is less than 5% fat)
200ml of veg stock (only if you are using Quorn)
2 onions finely chopped
3 carrots, 1 chopped and two grated
1 courgette finely chopped
a handful of chopped mushrooms
2 sticks of celery finely chopped
1 tin tomatoes
1/2 tbsp artificial sweetener
2 tbsp tomato puree
a few drops of Tabasco
a glug of Worcestershire sauce
a handful of chopped basil
spray light

Syns on extra easy = 0*


1. heat your frying pan and add spray light
2. add the onion, celery and chopped carrot fry on a low heat until softened
3. add the tomato puree and cook for a few minutes
4. add the rest of the vegetables and cook until softened
5. add the tin of tomatoes and season with salt pepper, tabasco, Worcestershire and sweetener
6. cook for 10 minutes to let all the flavours mingle
7. add the stock if you are using quorn
8. add the mince (quorn or meat)
9. serve on top of your choice of pasta and top with the chopped basil

Helpful tips:
You could top it with some cheese if you wanted to use your HEX A or use up some of your syns.
If you are cooking for children or have a fussy Luke to feed then chop the veggies really small so you are filling up on lots of super healthy speed foods and not the pasta or cheese.
Cooking the onions, celery and carrot slowly at the beginning will help sweeten the dish and combat the tartness of the tin tomatoes.

* Although I make every effort to correctly work out syns values, please be aware that syn values may vary depending where you buy certain items and that being human I do make mistakes. If using my recipes please double check the syn value for yourself, I would hate a mistake to sabotage anyone’s weight loss.


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