Bolognese cheesy broccoli bake

Bolognese cheesy broccoli bake

Some clever planning and batch cooking can really help you spend less time in the kitchen.

Why not make the a double batch of the bolognese sauce? Then use one half for this recipe and the other half for my Bolognese Eggs recipe.

If you’ve got a big pot, make an ever larger batch and freeze a couple of portions!

This is one of the many recipes I created when I followed the 90 Day Plan by The Body Coach. Simply use your plans ingredient amounts instead of those shown in the recipe. There are 220 Create Your Own (CYO) friendly recipes in my app and on this website.

Ingredients for 1 serving

176 g extra lean beef mince
190 g chopped tomatoes, blended until smooth
1 garlic clove, chopped or crushed
39 g cheddar cheese, grated
6 g olive oil
10 g fresh basil leaves
48 ml sweet chilli sauce
1 chilli, sliced, seeds or no seeds up to you!
149 g broccoli
salt and pepper


  • Cut the broccoli into florets and steam them to your liking, then set aside.
  • Pre heat your grill to its highest setting.
  • Take a medium frying pan and put it on a medium heat.
  • Add the olive oil and beef mince.
  • Brown the mince until it’s cooked through and break up any large clumps of meat.
  • Add the garlic and chopped red chilli.
  • Give the mixture a good stir and cook for about a minute.
  • Pour in the blended tomatoes and the sweet chilli sauce.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and bring to a rapid boil with a lid on (you don’t want to lose too much liquid volume).
  • After 2 minutes turn the heat to medium, stir through half of the fresh basil leaves.
  • Pop the lid on and allow the sauce to cook for a final 5 minutes at a gentle simmer.
  • Place the steamed broccoli into an oven proof dish.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and pour it over the broccoli.
  • Top with the remaining basil and scatter over the grated cheddar.
  • Pop the dish under the grill to melt the cheese.
  • When the cheddar has started to brown remove the dish from the grill and place it on a plate as it will be very hot from the grill.

Recipe Notes

  • For those on 2018 BC plans, sweet chilli sauce is a swap for other side sauces provided you choose one with equivalent macros.
  • Make sure your mince is extra lean, less than 5% of fat per 100g.
  • I’ve used a double portion of tomatoes to make a really saucy sauce.
  • Fresh basil really works for this recipe, so why not buy some fresh basil and freeze for when you need it. Take it straight from the freezer and throw it in the pan. Maximise flavour and maximise value for money too!
  • Traditionally in Italian cooking you would use the smallest pinch of sugar to take any acidity out of the tomatoes but for this recipe I am using the sweet chilli sauce to do that.
  • Alternatively you could use mozzarella, but the cheddar adds a lovely flavour to the sauce.

Nella Foulds
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