INGREDIENTS

Use lean mince (about 4% fat or less) and wholemeal pasta to enjoy your favourite bolognese without guilt.

This meal provides 413 kcal, 23g protein, 55.9g carbohydrate (of which 10.1g sugars), 11.2g fat (of which 3.6g saturates), 12.1g fibre and 0.8g salt per portion.

Main course

Buyer's guide

Spaghetti can be bought dried or fresh. The former takes longer to cook, but is recommended as it gives a better texture. Several types of dried spaghetti are available including: extra long, wholewheat and quick-cooking varieties, as well as variously flavoured spaghetti.

Storage

Kept in a tall spaghetti jar in a dry place away from direct sunlight, spaghetti will keep for several months.

Preparation

Cook spaghetti in salted boiling water, following the packet instructions. It is most widely used with Bolognese (ragù), carbonara, tomato and pesto sauces, or combined with vongole (clams) or meatballs.