Spaghetti bolognese with hidden courgette


Freezer friendly

( 2 adults and 2 kids )

  • onion
  • 1 clovegarlic
  • 800 gramsbeef mince
  • 300 gramscarrots*
  • 0.5 courgette
  • red bell pepper
  • 2 canchopped tomatoes
  • 70 gramstomato purée
  • 2 tbspdried oregano
  • 400 mlwater
  •  wholewheat spaghetti
  •  salt
  •  pepper
  •  olive oil
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This is the recipe for our classic Mambeno spag bol - but with a load of carrots and hidden courgette. A brilliant recipe for getting a bunch of veggies into the kids, completely without them noticing. Remember to save of the bolognese to use as filling in tasty pierogies tomorrow. Enjoy!


1. Chop onion and garlic and sautée in a dash of oil in a deep pan or a pot. Add the beef mince and let it sear.

2. Peel the carrots and rinse the courgette. Wash the bell pepper and remove the seeds. Grate the carrots on the rough side of a grater and give the courgette a whirl in the food processor or mini chopper, until finely blended. Dice the bell pepper and add all of the veg in with the meat.

3. Add chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, oregano and water and stir well. Let the bolognese simmer for as long as you can - at least 15 minutes. It will only get better the longer you let it sit. If needed, add a bit more water as you go, and cook the spaghetti according to the packet while you wait.

4. Season the bolognese with salt and pepper and serve in a deep plate - optionally with plenty of grated parmesan and herbs on top, if you have some to hand. You can just as well use regular grated cheese and other greens - or leave it off altogether. It's a true childhood favourite all the same!

5. Enjoy!


Remember to save half of the bolognese for warm pitas.

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