Bacon bolognese

Bacon bolognese

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 4

A family spaghetti supper tailored for kids who don't like mince – packed with vegetables and flavoured with pesto

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal694
  • fat31g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs81g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre7g
  • protein24g
  • salt2.1g


  • 400g spaghetti
  • 1 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 large carrots, finely diced



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 3 celery sticks, finely diced



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 200g pack smoked bacon lardon
  • 190g jar sundried tomato pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 8-12 basil leaves, shredded (optional)


  1. Boil the spaghetti following pack instructions. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a non-stick pan. Add the carrots, celery and bacon, and stir well. Cover the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 mins until the veg has softened.

  2. Tip in the pesto, warm through, then stir through the drained spaghetti with the basil, if using.

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11th Jun, 2019
Really easy and delicious. I cooked the bacon separately to keep the vegetarians happy.
7th Sep, 2016
Very quick, simple but tasty mid-week meal. Had with courgetti instead of spaghetti.
12th Oct, 2013
Have made this several times and goes down really well even with some fussy eaters! First time doubled the recipe for a crowd but accidentally only used the amount of pesto for four, but actually preferred with the lesser amount, so now use around half, or to taste. Lovely recipe though, very quick and easy.
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