Dinner: A Bolognese

Robert H. Lustig is an American pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California. He also has a special interest in childhood obesity. Lustig came to public attention when he delivered a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” which was posted on YouTube and  “went viral”.

This lecture was one of the first videos I saw that really brought my attention to the damage sugar causes to health.  Its well worth a watch.  Also this article is a good short summary.

Todays dinner is bolognese but without the spaghetti. Honestly, once you make a really tasty bolognese and have it with side vegetables you really won’t miss the pasta. thsi serves 4

  • 1  onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 1 small carrot finely chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery finely chopped
  • 600g (21 oz) of minced beef
  • 2 tins of whole plum tomatoes
  • 150g of pitted olives
  • A handful of fresh thyme or rosemary
  • 150g of fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 50 g of fresh parmesan cheese
  • A bay leaf, salt and pepper

Gently sautee the onion, carrots, celery and garlic in some fat (any good fat of your choice, not vegetable oil) in a heavy based pot for about 10 minutes or until soft. Add the minced beef and brown fully. Add the tins of tomatoes and olives to the pot with a handful of finely chopped fresh thyme or rosemary. Add 150ml of boiling water and the bayleaf. Season well and allow to simmer for 1.5 hours.

Break up the Mozzarella cheese and scatter it over the bolognese. You can do this is the pot in which the bolognese was cooked if it is oven proof. Grill for about 10 minutes until the cheese is bubbling.


Serve with some grated parmesan and a non starchy vegetable of your choice. Enjoy!