Pasta bolognese

Pasta bolognese



6 serves

25 serves

60 serves

Spiral pasta (uncooked) 1 ½ cups 6 cups 15 cups

Brown onion

1 small

2 large

4 large


1 large

4 large

10 large


2 stalks (130g)




1 large

4 large

10 large

Brown lentils (canned)

1 x 125g can

1 x 400g can

3 x 400g cans

Olive or canola oil

½ tablespoon 

2 tablespoons

3 tablespoons

Garlic, crushed

1 clove (5g)

2 cloves (10g)

3 cloves (15g)

Lean beef mince




Crushed tomatoes, reduced salt

1 x 800g can

3 x 800g cans

8 x 800g cans

Dried basil

½ teaspoon

1 teaspoon

1 ½ teaspoons

Dried oregano

½ teaspoon

1 teaspoon 

1 ½ teaspoons

Grated cheddar or parmesan cheese

¼ cup

1 cup

4 cups


  1. Cook pasta according to packet instructions.
  2. Finely chop onion, carrot and celery.
  3. Grate zucchini.
  4. Drain and rinse lentils.
  5. Heat oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat.
  6. Add onion, garlic, carrot, celery and zucchini. Cook, stirring for 3 to 4 minutes until onion is tender.
  7. Add mince. Cook, stirring and using a wooden spoon to break up lumps of meat, for 5 to 6 minutes until browned.
  8. Add tomatoes, lentils, basil and oregano to pan.
  9. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook covered, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly.
  10. Serve pasta with sauce over the top and a sprinkle of grated cheese.

Each serve provides

  • 1 children’s serve of meat/alternatives* (beef and lentils)
  • 2 ½ children’s serves of vegetables**
  • 1 children’s serve of grains*** (pasta)

Allergy modification

  • Omit cheese for a milk protein free option.
  • Use gluten free pasta for a wheat/gluten free alternative (check for soy if necessary).
  • For an egg free option, ensure the pasta used does not contain egg products.
  • For a nut free option, ensure the crushed garlic does not contain any nut products (if using commercial crushed garlic). 


  • Beef mince can be replaced with pork or chicken.

* One children’s serve of lean meat, poultry, fish or alternatives is equal to half a serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
** One children’s serve of vegetables is equal to one serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
*** One children’s serve of (grain) cereal foods is equal to one serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

Recipe adapted from Get Up and Grow: Cooking for Children with permission of the Australian Government.

The nutritional information provided is based on the exact ingredients and method as shown. Any variation/s to the ingredients or method may alter the nutritional outcome.

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