Healthy Penne Bolognese by Natalie Alexander

Natalie is passionate about fitness, healthy eating and recipe creating. She is qualified as a trainer and also in Nutrition. Natalie and her husband founded their health technology company “IHEALTH technology” in 2012. They have been in research and development for the past 5 years, in this time they have secured a development partnership with Apple and established a relationship with a leading university, where ongoing clinical trials have been undertaken.


Above: Photograph by Natalie Alexander

Healthy Penne Bolognese -A classic favourite with a healthy twist, beef is a good source of protein, iron and vitamin b12.

Total time start to finish 35 minutes

Serves 4 people
Calories 395
Protein 36.3g
Carbs 29.4g
Of which sugars 14g
Fibre 5.8g
Fat 13.8g
Saturates 7.6g
Monounsaturated 4.6g
Polyunsaturated 0.9g
What you will need
20g butter
500g lean beef or steak mince
1 large onion, finely chopped
10g coconut palm sugar
4 gloves of garlic, crushed
1 beef oxo cube
2 x (400g) tins of chopped tomatoes
40g cheddar cheese,divided
100g wholewheat dried penne pasta
Place the butter into a non stick pan and heat over a medium-high heat then add the beef mince and onion, cook until the mince browns and the onions soften, this should take 5-6 minutes. Now add the coconut sugar, garlic and beef oxo cube, cook for a further minute, then add the tinned tomatoes.

Follow the pasta packet cooking instructions as cooking times may vary, aim to have this ready when the bolognese is ready.

Bring to a boil then allow to simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning. After 25 minutes add half the cheddar cheese and mix into the bolognese until melted, this should take 1-2 minutes.
Drain the cooked pasta and add to the bolognese, mix together then serve in a large oven proof dish and top with the remaining cheese. If you wish to melt the cheese on top place under the grill for 2-3 minutes. Enjoy


Recipe and photograph by Natalie Alexander. To discover more of Natalie’s delicious recipes click here to find nearly 100 free and tasty meals on her Instagram.

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