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Baked bolognese

Baked bolognese

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20 minutes
20 minutes


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 celery finely diced
  • 2 carrot peeled, grated
  • 2 garlic minced
  • 500 g lean beef mince
  • 800 g no added salt diced tomatoes (2 x 400g cans)
  • olive oil spray
  • 400 g spaghetti broken and cooked in boiling water
  • ½ cup edam cheese graced
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 12 cups mixed salad leaves to serve


  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Heat oil in a large, deep non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Gently fry celery and carrots; cover and cook for 2–3 minutes, or until soft. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for a further minute. Transfer vegetables to a plate; set aside.
  • Reheat frying pan and cook mince in two batches. Break up with a wooden spoon and brown thoroughly. Add  reserved vegetables. Pour in chopped tomatoes and bring bolognese sauce to the boil. Stir well and cook for 5–10 minutes, or until sauce starts to thicken.
  • Spray a large ovenproof two-litre-capacity dish with oil. Add cooked pasta and top with hot bolognese sauce; sprinkle cheeses on top. Bake in a moderate oven for 20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and slightly golden. Serve baked bolognese with salad leaves.


  • Make this meal gluten-free by using gluten-free pasta.


Energy per serve: 1956kJ
Recipe and image from Australian Healthy Food Guide’s 101-Diabetes-friendly recipes.
Recipe: Tracey Sunderland Photography: Melanie Jenkins


Please note the serving size listed is to be used as a guide only. Consider your own individual nutrient and carbohydrate requirements and adjust the serving size as required. If you are unsure of your requirements consult an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) for personalises advice.

Nutritional information (per serve)

Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 52.8g | Protein: 32.2g | Sodium: 288mg | Fiber: 6.6g
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