Here I have a recipe from the lovely Rebecca who is a mummy blogger. She wanted to make a meal suitable for all her family so found a way of sneaking vegetables into a popular meal. Rebecca shares her spaghetti bolognese with hidden vegetables recipe with me below.

Spaghetti bolognese
Spaghetti bolognese

Why you need hidden vegetable spaghetti bolognese?

I know how hard it can be to get some of those veggies into your children’s meals. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, getting the right healthy and tasty foods into your kids can be very challenging.

Spaghetti bolognese is a very popular family dish and is eaten everywhere by many but using jars of bolognese sauce can make it quite unhealthy and half the time we don’t know what is in it.

This recipe is simple but tastes amazing and contains secret foods that little eyes won’t ever see. You can do this with a lot of dishes, for example, pasta bake, jacket potato toppings and more. Have a play around to see what you could do.

chopping fresh tomatoes
Chopped fresh tomatoes

Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about the healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.


spaghetti Bolognese utensils
Spaghetti bolognese essential utensils

Other healthy recipes you may enjoy

For more recipes that use mince check out my mince recipe guide.

For more pasta-based recipes for all the family check out my ultimate pasta recipe post.

Another great recipe for hiding vegetables in is this Chicken and bacon carbonara.

chicken and bacon carbonara
Chicken and bacon carbonara

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Spaghetti bolognese

Hidden Vegetables Spaghetti Bolognese

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main Meal
  • Method: Hob
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Low Calorie


A flavoursome spaghetti bolognese with lots of hidden vegetables. Children or fussy adults will not even realise are there!



One packet of dried spaghetti (or pasta, whichever you prefer)

500g of 5% beef mince or Quorn mince.

1 tin of chopped tomatoes,

1 tablespoon of tomato puree

500g of passata,

1 carrot,

1 stick of celery,

1 tsp of garlic powder,

a handful of mushrooms,

1 onion,

Grated cheese (optional),

a pinch of salt and pepper.


Dice the onion and mushrooms as small as you can make them. This prevents little eyes from seeing them and refusing to eat them.

Grate the celery and carrot. Place on a paper towel and drain as much water from them as possible.

Put some oil, or some low cal cooking spray into a hot pan and add the onion, carrot, mushroom and celery. Cook for 1-2 minutes on a medium high heat.

Add the mince and keep mixing to make sure nothing sticks and it is all mixed together. Cook for 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally until all brown and cooked.

Add the garlic powder, salt, pepper and tomato puree and mix.

Add the tomatoes from the tin and passata, mix until covered and cover the pan and reduce the heat to simmer and reduce. Make sure you keep coming back to stir with a wooden spoon, you don’t want it to stick to the bottom.

Fill a pan with water and add a pinch of salt, bring to the boil and then add your spaghetti or pasta and wait until cooked.

Grate cheese if wanted.


Keywords: pasta, hidden vegetables, fussy eaters,

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  1. Who doesn’t love spag bol? This hidden veggies version is fab for my kids who turn their noses up whenever standard vegetables are presented to them.