Healthy spaghetti bolognese recipe

Healthy Spaghetti Bolognaise Recipe


I love spaghetti bolognaise. It is great comfort food and can actually be a very healthy meal. If you have kids who don’t like eating veggies, bolognaise is a great place to hide a multitude of them. You can be as creative as you like.

  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 500g ostrich mine (or you can use beef or lamb)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red chili, sliced
  • 3 sticks celery, sliced
  • 1 red or yellow pepper, diced
  • 2 handfuls button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 butternut, peeled and diced
  • 2 punnets cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 25g basil, torn
  • Himalayan rock salt
  • Black pepper
  • Gluten-free pasta
  1. In a small pot boil the butternut until soft enough to mash. Drain and mash.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a deep frying pan
  3. Add the onion and the chili.  Fry until the onion just starts turning light brown.
  4. Add the celery. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the ostrich mince. Cook until browned.
  6. Add the pepper and the mushrooms. Cook on a lower temperature for about 8 minutes.
  7. Add in the mashed butternut and about 1/2 cup water. Stir until all the ingredients are combined. Cook gently for another 4 minutes.
  8. Add in the cherry tomatoes, cover and cook with the lid on for about 30-45 minutes on a low temperature. You may need to add a little more water if the mince is too dry.
  9. Stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Boil your pasta according to instructions.

Serve in pasta bowls. Adults – combine with a glass of lovely red wine.

Use any leftover mince for breakfast the next morning – bolognaise on toast is a great high protein breakfast for kids.