Bowls of Bolognese soup with penne

Chunky Bolognese soup with penne

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(22 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4

This healthy, filling lunch provides a good balance of protein and carbs from lean steak mince and wholemeal pasta – ideal to aid muscle recovery after exercise

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal337
  • fat9g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre9g
  • protein24g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 3 onions, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 large carrots, finely diced
  • 2 celery sticks, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 250g pack 5% fat steak mince
  • 500g carton passata
  • 1 tbsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 100g wholemeal penne
  • 45g finely grated parmesan, plus extra to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan and fry the onions for a few mins. Add the carrots, celery and garlic, then fry for 5 mins, stirring until the vegetables start to soften.

  2. Add the meat and stir well so it breaks down as it cooks. Once it’s turned brown, add the passata and bouillon along with 1.3 litres of boiling water. Add the paprika, thyme and some black pepper. Cover the pan and simmer for 15 mins.

  3. Tip in the penne and cook for 12-15 mins until tender. Stir through the cheese, then ladle into bowls. Sprinkle over extra cheese, if you like.

  4. If you're following our Healthy Diet Plan, serve two portions on the first day. Cool the remaining soup, remove the thyme and chill. Will keep for up to seven days. Reheat in a pan, adding some water if it’s thickened.

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2nd Apr, 2020
This was really tasty and comforting! I added a teaspoon of oregano, some chopped basil stalks and leaves and a dash of Worcestershire sauce, possibly would add some mushrooms too next time!
Raheem D
30th Jan, 2019
This was scrumptious! Followed it down to a tee and it was great. I would say get the biggest pan you have because I had to switch once I added in the water and it started to flood haha also wait 5 or 10 minutes before serving because it is HOT
10th Jan, 2019
Delicious. Didn't quite follow the recipe but it was very tasty. I doubled the mince, and added 700g passata, and replaced the thyme with 1 tbsp of oregano. I also doubled the pasta, and for me there still wasn't quite enough. Super tasty. Serve with a large chunk of crusty bread.
Sophiehendo's picture
29th Jan, 2019
Surely the thyme should be removed anyway, not just if you're cooling he dish for the next day?
goodfoodteam's picture
30th Jan, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes, that's right.
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