Veggie Packed Spaghetti Bolognaise


Spaghetti Bolognaise is a staple in our household. Not only does it taste good, but it’s quick and easy, especially for those days you’re racing through the door after work. The only challenge I have, is that I never seem to reach my daily quota of veggies. So, after experimenting in the kitchen, I’ve managed to come up with a recipe that is jam packed full of goodies but still tastes amazing. Even my husband approved and he’s a fussy Italian!

While I don’t generally advocate hiding veggies (you can read my blog post about this here), I did grate and puree the veggies in this recipe purely for textural purposes. However, you can dice the pumpkin, carrot and zucchini if you prefer.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Veggie Packed Spaghetti Bolognaise

prep time: 15 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 35 mins

A healthy twist on this traditional family favourite


  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1kg lean mince of your choice (beef, lamb, chicken, turkey)

  • 1 small head of broccoli, steamed and pureed in blender or food processor

  • 1 cup pumpkin, steamed and pureed in blender or food processor

  • 1 brown onion, diced

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 1 zucchini, grated

  • 1 carrot, grated

  • 1/2  cup spinach, finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp mingle spag bol seasoning OR Italian herbs

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano

  • 1 tbsp dried basil

  • 750ml passata

  • 1/2 cup beef or vegetable stock

  • Salt and pepper

  • Pasta of your choice

  • Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Heat a large saucepan on medium heat, adding the oil
  2. Add the onion and garlic and stir for 1-2 minutes or until onion is soft
  3. Add the mince, stirring for 5-8 minutes until completely browned
  4. Stir in the Italian herbs, basil, oregano, passata, stock and vegetables
  5. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  6. While the sauce is simmering, cook your chosen pasta according to the packet instructions
  7. Serve pasta topped with sauce and parmesan cheese
  8. Tip: If you have trouble blending your vegetables, try adding a dash of stock
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Hi, I’m Aspen, a university qualified teacher and nutritionist. As one of seven kids, a mum and ten years teaching experience, I understand just how challenging mealtimes can be. That’s why I’m so passionate about giving families a range of strategies to reduce fussy eating and make mealtimes an enjoyable family experience. I also work with schools doing incursions, parent information sessions and canteen menu assessment.