Syn Free Bolognese

Syn Free Bolognese

Bolognese is a staple dish in my household, and has been since long before I started Slimming World! Everyone has different ways of doing bolognese, often passed down from generation to generation, it is certainly a dish which inspires healthy debate on the correct methods, ingredients etc… 

Personally, I love making it this way, as it uses fresh tomatoes instead of tinned (along with tomato purée) which feels so much more wholesome to me. I also don’t like drowning my bolognese in passata or too much liquid and by using just a little bit of liquid added gradually as the dish simmers, and allowing the tomatoes to reduce and create their own sauce, you end up with a thick, rich bolognese, full of flavour!

Serves 4

Syn Free Bolognese

Thick, rich and full of flavour! Enjoy this with pasta or with veg for a tasty SP meal!

10Prep Time

40Cook Time

50Total Time

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  • 500g Lean Mince (5% fat)
  • 1 Onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 4 Large Tomatoes (quartered)
  • 20 Cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 3tbsp Tomato Puree (oil free)
  • 2 Beef Stock Cubes
  • 1tbsp Mixed Herbs
  • 2tsp Mild Chilli Powder (optional)
  • 2tsp Paprika (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • Fry Light


  1. Spray a deep pan with Fry Light and bring the heat up. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until the onions begin to go translucent.
  2. Add your mince and fry until browned.
  3. Add the tomatoes and continue to stir. The mince and tomatoes will have begun producing some liquid.
  4. Add the stock cubes (without water) mixed herbs and salt & pepper and reduce the heat. Continue to stir until the stock cubes have dissolved.
  5. Add about 100mls of boiling water, and the chilli and papirka if you're using them, and cover the pan. Leave to simmer, stirring every 5 - 10 minutes or so for at least half an hour.
  6. As the water evaporates just add a little bit more to ensure the mince doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
  7. Simmer for as long as possible, up to about an hour and a half, as the longer you simmer for the more flavour your meat will have.
  8. Serve over pasta or large salad leaves!


Syn free on Slimming World. Suitable for SP on its own.


Calories: 171 cal
Carbohydrates: 37 g
Fat: 2 g
Sodium: 106 g
Protein: 8 g
Fiber: 12 g


Syn Free Bolognese

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