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Andrea McLean Sneaky Vegetable Spag Bol FiveDinners.com

Andrea McLean’s Sneaky Veg Spag Bol!

Andrea McLean’s Aubergine Spag Bol

Andrea McLean Sneaky Vegetable Spag Bol FiveDinners.com
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
This was so delicious we prefer it to the meat version! One of Andrea McLean's kids favourite dishes, and for good reason – it's hearty and packed with flavour!
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Servings 4


  • frying pan
  • Saucepan
  • Box grater or Food processor


  • 1 courgette grated, squeezed to remove moisture
  • 1 carrots peeled, grated
  • 100 g mushrooms chopped
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper grated
  • 2 aubergine diced 1/2 inch pieces
  • 125 g puy lentils precooked
  • 1 stock cube vegetable or chicken
  • 30 ml ketchup
  • 15 ml worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 5 g fresh parsley chopped for garnish
  • 45 ml olive oil
  • 500 g passata
  • 320 g spaghetti
  • 100 g cheddar cheese grated, optional



  • Cook spaghetti in salted boiling water until al dente – about 10 minutes. Drain and reserve (drizzle little olive oil to stop them sticking).

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  • Fry the aubergine on a high heat for a couple of minutes each side, then remove from the pan.
  • You can use a food processor for the rest of the ingredients, alternatively dice and grate the vegetables as per the ingredients list. Make sure you squeeze the moisture from the grated courgette and grate the red pepper flesh (not the pith inside) over a bowl to catch all the liquid and discard (or finely dice the pepper).
  • On the highest heat, fry the mushrooms, carrots and onions in a little oil for 6 minutes. Then add the courgette, garlic, bell pepper and season very generously with salt, pepper and the oregano and crumble in the stock cube.
  • Pour in the passata with half the volume of water (1 jar passata + 1/2 jar water) stir in the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, puy lentils and leave to simmer for at least five minutes or until you are ready to serve.
  • Just before serving, fold in the aubergine.
  • Serve on Spaghetti, season again, garnish with chopped parsley and add a pinch of chili flakes if desired.


If you want strictly vegetarian – use plant based parmesan alternative and vegetable stock cube (otherwise a chicken stock cube tends to add a little more flavour)

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories: 748kcal | Carbohydrates: 109g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 1416mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 7187IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 287mg | Iron: 7mg

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