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Tagliatelle Bolognese with borlotti beans

Switch up your spag Bol with earthy beans, Speed Free Food spinach and pasta ribbons


Serves 4

FREEZABLE (Bolognese only)

Low-calorie cooking spray

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 celery sticks, finely chopped

1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

400g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)

150g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped

2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes with herbs

4 tbsp tomato purée

1 tsp dried red chilli flakes (optional)

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

250ml beef stock

400g can borlotti beans, drained and rinsed

100g baby spinach, roughly chopped

375g dried tagliatelle

1 level tbsp grated fresh Parmesan, to serve

1 Spray a large, non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot and garlic and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until softened. Add the mince and mushrooms and stir-fry over a high heat until the mince is browned.

2 Add the tomatoes, tomato purée, chilli flakes (if using), mixed herbs and stock, and bring to the boil. Reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for 35-40 minutes. Stir in the borlotti beans and spinach and cook for a further 4-5 minutes. Season and keep warm over a low heat.

3 Meanwhile, cook the tagliatelle according to the pack instructions. Drain and divide between 4 bowls. Spoon over the Bolognese, sprinkle a quarter of the Parmesan over each and add a twist of black pepper.

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Welcome to the May/June issue of Slimming World magazine – your complete guide to slimming success! Featuring amazing real-life transformations, new twists on the nation’s favourite recipes, and expert advice to keep your slimming campaign on track. 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s… this issue’s star slimmers span every decade. Discover how 28-year-old cover star Elena made weight loss work as a busy mum; meet Woman of the Year Hollie, 8st 6lbs lighter at 30; see how keen cyclist Karl lost nearly 8st at 50; then celebrate 10 years at target with Pauline, 67, and find out what she’s learned along the way. As one of the secrets of losing that lasts is falling in love with food, we asked readers to share their best-loved dishes, so we could make them even more delicious. We can’t wait for you to try them! Is a better love life high on your wish list, too? Then don’t miss our guide to firing up your libido: the best news is you don’t have to wait until you’ve reached your target weight to reignite passion between the sheets… Plus: a brilliant bank holiday menu plan; a clever commitment-boosting quiz, and 10 ways to get fit for free. Here’s to the exciting next chapter on your journey to slim