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Spaghetti bolognese recipe – low GI, great for gestational diabetes

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

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  • Serves 4


  • 500g Minced beef or Quorn mince
  • 1 Large onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 Green pepper, chopped
  • 1 Red pepper, chopped
  • 1 Large courgette, grated
  • 1 Stick of celery, chopped
  • 500g Tomato passata
  • 400g Tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 3tbsp Tomato purée
  • 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1tsp Dried mixed herbs
  • 1 Beef stock cube or stock pot
  • 1tsp Rapeseed or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh basil for garnishing
  • Wholewheat spaghetti
  • Cheese, grated


  • 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.


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