No Count Spicy Pasta Bolognese

A delicious alternative to a popular dish – free on No Count and 11 points if tracking.


Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 500g beef mince 5% fat
  • an onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp chipotle paste
  • 2 x 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 100g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 280g wholemeal penne pasta (dried weight)
  • 200g Yeo Valley 0% crème fraiche
  • 100g Protein cheese, grated (25g each is free)


  1. Brown the mince. Add the onion and cook for five minutes, while stirring.
  2. Add the garlic, chipotle paste and chopped tomatoes, and season well. Leave to simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a lidded oven dish and add the mushrooms. Place in a pre-heated oven (180C) for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile cook the pasta. Once the pasta is cooked, stir in the crème fraiche and season well.  Stir in half the grated cheese.
  5. Take the mince out of the oven and put the pasta on top. Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese over.
  6. Place back in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Served here with broccoli and cauliflower mash – I use a dessertspoon of Yeo Valley Crème fraiche and seasoned well.

4 thoughts on “No Count Spicy Pasta Bolognese”

  1. Absolutely delicious, my hubby loved it too. I didn’t have chipotle paste so used a little tomato puree and added smoked paprika and chilli powder. Lovely. We love the pancakes too,and I am going to try the banana crumble this weekend. Love my puds. Amanda m.

    1. Thanks Amanda, it’s really good to hear you and hubby enjoyed this dish. What a great way of adapting it too: I know what to do if ever I can’t get hold of any chipotle paste. The banana crumble was divine so that’s certainly something to look forward to at the weekend! Enjoy the rest of your week, Helen xxx

  2. Chipotle paste….i don’t see it on my online Tesco shopping. Where did you get yours? Any alternative I can use which is free?

    1. Hi Tracey, I did actually buy mine from Tesco but it looks like they’re not selling it at the moment. The best alternative is their Chilli and Smoked Paprika paste. but I’m not sure of sp values at the moment as I can’t get onto the app (there appears to be some problem with it this morning). Chipotle paste is still on sale in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Asda though. Enjoy the rest of your day, Helen xxx

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