Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis Friendly Meal: Savoury Tomato-Free Beef Spaghetti Bolognese

By Robin Miller

Robin Miller has worked with GI patients for over 15 years. Through her experience, she has learnt from hundreds of patients about what worked and what didn't in terms of Crohn's and Colitis management. Robin shares her experience and expertise with Discover Therapies.

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Savoury Tomato-Free Beef Spaghetti Bolognese

Sundays were made for spaghetti-- the entire family gathers around, shares the weekend's events and you leave the table feeling both full in the belly and in the heart. Foods like this are often what we crave most during times of discomfort like a Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis flare. We turn to comfort meals to reduce our stress. Unfortunately, what can happen all too often is our 'comfort meals' can sometimes add even more strain on our system-- prolonging the flare and increasing the intensity. When we're cooking with Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis in mind a simple adaptation to a family favourite comfort meal can be both easy and delicious!

This Savoury Tomato-Free Beef Spaghetti Bolognese is ready in under 40 minutes Because this is very rich, you need to serve with lots of low FODMAP vegetables.

Why you'll love it:
Protein Rich
Hearty meal
Includes low FODMAP foods
Savoury taste you'll begin to crave!

Tomato Free Mince
500 g Lean Ground Beef
1 cup Chicken Stock
1 tsp Dried Oregano
1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
1 tsp Dried Basil
1/2 c Leek (green leaves only, finely chopped)
2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce (OR 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 tsp brown sugar, 1/4 tsp Chinese five spice)
2 Carrots, large (grated)
2 tsp Corn Starch
Season with salt & pepper
1 handful fresh basil (to serve)
300g Gluten-free Spaghetti (dried weight)
Drizzle of EVOO
180g Broccoli (cut into florets)
160g Green Beans

1.) Finely cut the green tips of the leek and grate the carrots, cut the broccoli and green beans into small pieces and place to the side
2.) In a large frypan over medium high heat brown the lean ground beef
3.) Turning the element down to medium low, add the chicken stock
4.) Next adding the leek tips, grated carrot, Worcestershire Sauce and dried herbs (oregano, basil, thyme), season generously with salt and pepper
5.) Allow the lean ground beef time to simmer.
6.) Dissolve corn starch in a small amount of warm water and mix through the lean ground beef. Allow to thicken the sauce
7.) Remove from heat once the lean ground beef sauce is at your desired thickness
8.) Cook the gluten-free spaghetti according to packet directions, drain and toss with olive oil.
9.) Bring a medium sized saucepan of water to the boil and blanche the broccoli and green beans for 2-3 minutes, removing once they are brightly coloured and soft
10.) Roughly chop the fresh basil leaves and mix through the lean ground beef just before serving.

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