Spaghetti bolognese recipe – low GI, great for gestational diabetes

  • 4 people

A delicious and tasty meal, which can be meat-based or vegetarian - perfect if you're on a diet for gestational diabetes

  • 500 grams beef mince or Quorn mince
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 whole green pepper chopped
  • 1 whole red pepper chopped
  • 1 large courgette grated
  • 1 stick celery chopped
  • 500 grams tomato passata
  • 1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp Worcester sauce
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 whole beef stock pot or Oxo cube
  • 1 tsp rapeseed or olive oil for cooking
  • 1 good pinch salt and ground black pepper for seasoning
  • basil leaves for garnishing
  • whole wheat spaghetti
  • grated cheese 


  • Step 1

    Chop the onion, peppers and celery. For a smoother sauce, dice finely or keep pieces larger for a chunkier texture

  • Step 2

    Crush or chop the garlic gloves so that they are minced finely

  • Step 3

    Grate the courgette and set aside

  • Step 4

    Soften the onion and garlic in a frying pan with some oil on a low heat

  • Step 5

    Turn the heat up to a medium heat and add the beef/Quorn mince

  • Step 6

    Once the mince has browned, add the courgette, peppers and celery, mixing them with the other ingredients until they start to soften

  • Step 7

    Pour in the tin of tomatoes and passata and stir well

  • Step 8

    Add the tomato purée, Worcester sauce, mixed herbs, stock cube and seasoning to taste. Please note, you do need to make stock with the stock pot/cube, it can be added straight into the pan

  • Step 9

    Cover the pan, and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes

  • Step 10

    Serve with a small amount (40g dried weight) of wholewheat spaghetti or as much courgetti as you like (or you could mix courgetti and wholewheat spaghetti together). Garnish with fresh basil and plenty of grated cheese 

If you have gestational diabetes and are looking for more recipe ideas like this one, check out the Gestational Diabetes UK website. There are loads of free (and very tasty) ideas there to keep you going.