Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Family Meals for Much Less than a Fiver (3) - Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti bolognese is a popular dish. Here is my version. It includes grated carrots (a great way to disguise them if your kids won't eat them!). It costs about £2.50 for a meal for four.


You will need


1 onion chopped 18p

1 crushed garlic clove 4p

1 Pepper chopped (cheapest per unit if bought in a pack) 40p

1 carrot, grated 12p

400g can / pack tomatoes Sainsburys basics 33p

Half pack frozen soya mince – 90p

300-400g spaghetti - 50p-60p

Splash of olive oil

Mixed herbs - 10p

Squeeze of tomato puree - 10p


  1. Fry the onion in a
    little olive oil until soft

  2. Add the chopped
    pepper and continue frying for a few minutes

  3. Add crushed garlic

  4. Add the minced
    soya and stir

  5. Pour in the
    tomatoes – add a little water

  6. Season with mixed
    herbs and add the tomato puree

  7. Add grated carrots

  8. Stir together and
    cook for 10 minutes


  9. Meanwhile boil
    the spaghetti in boiling water for 10-12 minutes

  10. Serve with a splash of Worcester sauce

Can be made with 500g minced beef or lamb but this will increase the price by £1.50 - £2.00


Photographs by Ian Nicholson

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