Spaghetti Bolognese – An Easy Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

Spaghetti Bolognese – An Easy Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe
A very simple recipe for this Italian favourite.

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 10 Mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins

Spaghetti Bolognese – Ingredients

  • 1 tbs of olive oil
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 400 grams/14 oz of chopped tinned tomatoes
  • 500 grams/1 lb lean beef mince
  • 400 grams/14 oz of dried spaghetti
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs of thyme, leaves removed
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 150ml/5 fl.oz red wine
  • 500 ml/17 1/2 fl. oz beef stock
  • 2-3 rashers of bacon, chopped

Spaghetti Bolognese – Method

  • Put the olive oil in the pan, tip in the mince and cook for about 10 mins until browned. Set aside in a separate bowl.
  • Add a little more oil and cook the onion, carrot, garlic and bacon until the bacon is cooked and the vegetables softened.
  • Put mince back into the pan; pour in the wine, tomatoes and stock. Add the thyme leaves and oregano and stir well.
  • Bring up to the boil, and then leave to simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced down and the alcohol has burnt off.
  • Place your dried spaghetti in a pan of boiling water and cook for approx l0 minutes, or as per packet instructions. Swirl your spaghetti on to a plate and top with the bolognese mixture.

Spaghetti Bolognese – Tips

  • Make double the amount of meat mixture and freeze the rest ” use for a spiced shepherd’s pie or for stuffing big tomatoes.
  • Toast off some fresh breadcrumbs in a frying pan and use to top the bolognese for more texture. Finish with some shredded basil or parsley and a little shaved parmesan.
  • My family love spaghetti bolognese with a half/half mix of chopped tomatoes and condensed tomato soup – it gives a beautiful, full, rich flavour and tastes a little sweeter. If that sounds good to you, give it a try!

Kelly Winder

Kelly Winder is the Creator of BellyBelly. She's also a writer, was a doula, and a mother to three children. Kelly is passionate about helping parents and parents-to-be to feel more confident and informed about all things related to pregnancy, birth and parenting. Her other loves include travel, tea, and animal rights and welfare.

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