Full Time Meals: Spaghetti Bolognese

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes


500g 5% fat beef mince
1 carrot
1 mug of frozen onions
1 mug of frozen sliced mixed peppers
2 tbsp tomato purée
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 mug of water
2 tbsp gravy granules
1 x 500g packet spaghetti
Grated parmesan, to serve

(Serves 6)


  1. Heat a large, deep, non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Once hot, tip in the mince and break it up with a wooden spoon. Cook for around 10 minutes, until the mince is evenly browned.
  2. Peel and grate the carrot, then add this along with the frozen onions and peppers to the pan. Turn the heat down to medium and cook for a few more minutes to soften, stirring often.
  3. Once the onions are soft, add the tomato purée and cook for 1-2 minutes. Pour in the chopped tomatoes along with the mug of water, gravy granules and a bit of pepper. Bring it to a gentle bubble and cook over a low-medium heat, stirring often, for around 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  4. While the sauce is cooking, bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the pasta. Cook for 10-12 minutes, or according to the packet instructions.
  5. Once cooked, drain the pasta and serve it into bowls, then top with the bolognese sauce and a sprinkling of grated parmesan.