Bolognese with Cabbage Pasta

Serves 4

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 red capsicum, diced
  • 1/2 carrot, grated
  • 1 cup tomato passata
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 green cabbage, finely shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add the meat and stir until well browned.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, red capsicum and grated carrot. Cook, stirring until the vegetables are softened.
  3. Add the passata, tomatoes and soy sauce and simmer for 30 mins or until thick. Season to taste.
  4. Meanwhile bring a large saucepan of water to boil. Add the cabbage and cook until just softened (about 1 min) then strain.
  5. Place cabbage in pasta bowls, top with bolognese sauce and shredded basil.

(Sat Fat = 4.8g)

Tip: Other alternatives to cabbage 'pasta' include strings or ribbons of zucchini, or green beans.

38 Reviews


Mon Aug 06, 2018 at 6:54 PM

I am the only one in the house on this diet. Made up for four people, I am freezing the rest. Very nice reminds me of something I had as a child. Next time I make this I'll only use 1/4 of cabbage and capsicum, and only I need 1 garlic clove.


Tue Jul 17, 2018 at 7:42 PM

This dish is lovely.
I am calling this deconstruction cabbage rolls with out rice
Once again making again


Sat Nov 04, 2017 at 8:59 PM

This is so good. I thought it would be awful without the pasta but now I have had it I will be making it again and again. The cabbage gives it a fresher taste and doesn’t have the heaviness that pasta does. I added one small chopped red chilli and another clove of garlic. Just don’t overlook the cabbage.


Mon Oct 02, 2017 at 11:05 PM

Instead of using cabbage I used spaghetti vegetable squash. My girls don’t like onion so I put spinach in the bolognese


Sat Sep 16, 2017 at 12:49 PM

Judy i have a suggestion for you - if you make the meal per recipe then freeze the remainder in chinese plastic containers,divided up into one meal per container =less cooking for next time & quick and easy re-heat


Mon Sep 04, 2017 at 7:56 PM

Yum! Great healthy alternative without all the carbs. Partner loves it too which is great. Cabbage is different but love the crunch and texture.


Fri May 05, 2017 at 7:16 PM

I did this with steamed vegies instead of the Cabbage it was beautiful

Celebrity Slim

Tue Feb 07, 2017 at 3:21 PM

Hi Judy, If you're looking to cook a meal that serves one person, simply divide the ingredient quantities by 4 (in this instance, the recipe serves 4 people) or use only 1/4 of the ingredient quantities. So for example, for 4 serves, this recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of olive oil; for one serve you would use 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil (and so on and so forth). Alternatively, you may find it beneficial to cook the entire 4 serve amount, then portion out the 3 leftover serves and freeze them for easy healthy meals on hand for those days when you don't have time to cook (all you'd need to do is reheat an individual serve of bolognese while you quickly boil some cabbage - or zucchini - "pasta" and voila dinner is served).


Mon Feb 06, 2017 at 6:11 PM

I am a senior widow living alone. Can I just get recipes for one person as these quantities are too much.


Thu Jan 05, 2017 at 8:49 PM



Fri Apr 29, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Really yummy and filling. However I wouldn't recommend trying this at the start of your diet as I did cause it can be a little bit hard on the tummy with all the cabbage as your still getting used to the shakes.

Sun Jan 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Also tried slim pasta and the smell put me off!


Tue Jan 06, 2015 at 7:51 PM

This is so delicious !! So much flavour! I added paprika to mine and its amazing :) definitely making this again


Thu Oct 16, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Very very good bolagnaise sauce. I don't eat beef, so I substitute chicken, lamb or turkey mince. Just as well I like cabbage though. Different but not in a bad way.


Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 6:16 PM

This was devine!! Love love LOVE IT!


Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 7:20 AM

can i use tomato paste instead of passata


Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 7:14 PM

tried this again tonight and used the slim pasta. Smelled like bad fish! Back to the cabbage next time.


Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 7:11 PM

well, I tried this recipe tonight. OMG who would have thought to replace pasta with "cabbage"? It was delicious. I didn't miss the pasta at all, nor the parmesan cheese. Will defo do this again.


Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Ivana85 slim pasta is sold at Foodland and is in the 'health foods' section (or 'gluten free' section.


Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Can someone please help me..Im planning on making this tonight and i couldnt find the slim pasta but some slimmer pasta is that the same thing? Also im on the rapid program and im unsure how much of the pasta I can have is it a palm size of the meat and a palm size of the pasta or both combined has to be palm size? Please help!


Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 4:37 PM

This is so quick and easy to make and so yummy. Whole family loved it including the three kids who are all under five, my 4.5yr old asked if I could make it every night! Never would have thought to replace pasta with cabbage, but it worked really well.


Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 11:31 AM

The is a low carb pasta called made by a company called "Go Figure". They do rice, spag and angel hair pasta. Less than 1gm of carbs per serve.


Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Passata is an Italian sauce, its kinda like pureed tomatoes in a bottle and you find it near the pasta sauce in the supermarket from memory

Thin Lizzie

Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 3:38 PM

What's PASSATA???


Sat Dec 07, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Making this Tonight. I've made this about 5 Times already.


Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 12:03 AM

We've been having this with beansprouts instead of pasta, and it's definitely a fav in my household of 5 hearty Males!!! lol.... =D


Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Had this for dinner last night, i think it was the best bolognaise ive ever had. DELICIOUS!!!


Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM

My hubby made me this the other night, and could't stop raving about the sauce. Also cabbage was a great replacement for pasta.


Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 5:28 PM

My husband made this for me one evening, and has not stopped telling everyone how great it tasted. Cabbage was a great replacement for pasta.


Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I loved it.. its my first meal on c/slim...

Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Had this with slim pasta was very very yummy even hubby liked it! You would really know you weren't having normal spagetti!


Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Hi Jbeyer, Yes you can certainly have SlimPasta. It's made from a vegetable called Konjac and is very low in carbohydrates and calories. Enjoy!


Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Their is a pasta out that is called slim pasta it has very very low carbs,sat fat very healthy if you go onto google type in slim pasta you will see how good it is! Would we be allowed to eat this ?? It's in most supermarkets and made with a special plant or something but it's very healthy ?


Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for what u could eat this with other then pasta?


Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 5:50 AM

had this for tea to day it was nice do this again but i did forget to put to chopped tomatoes


Sun Aug 07, 2011 at 5:55 AM

I had this for tea so did everybody else it was bloodly lovely and had swede chips bloodly great xx


Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 1:30 AM

I couldnt get to grips with the cabbage in this dish - as much as i love it with other things... I found french beans are best for this :-) just a suggestion!


Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Best bolognese ever very well flavored definately have this again!!!!!!!

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