Spaghetti Bolognese .

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Spaghetti Bolognese

An all time favourite dish and a simple but delicious version. This is definitely one for making in bulk and freezing, saving you time as well as energy costs.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Season: Autumn, Summer, Winter
Type: Meat
Diet: Dairy Free
Servings: 4
Calories: 840kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil organic, fairtrade
  • 1 onions peeled and diced, organic
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced, organic
  • 500 g lean minced beef
  • 400 g chopped tomatoes organic, use tinned
  • 200 g passata organic
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning or dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce organic
  • 125 ml red wine organic, fairtrade or low alcohol cooking wine
  • 1 dash black pepper freshly ground, organic, fairtrade
  • 1 dash salt
  • 360 g dried spaghetti organic
  • 25 g Parmesan cheese organic, to serve (optional)


  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or oven proof casserole dish over a medium heat and fry the onion and carrot for 5 minutes until soft, then remove and place to one side.
  • Add the mince to the pan and cook for 3 - 4 minutes until browned. Break it up with a wooden spoon so there are no lumps. If you are cooking a larger amount of mince, you may need to do this in batches or you will end up stewing it rather than frying. Drain off the fat.
  • Add the onion and carrot back to the pan.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, passta, herbs, worcestershire sauce and red wine and season with salt and pepper.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can place it in the oven at 180°C/360°F/gas mark 4 if you prefer at this point for up to 1 hour. This does really enhance the flavour and is more convenient if you need to go out.
  • 15 minutes before eating, bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and cook the spaghetti as per the packet instructions.
  • Drain the spaghetti and serve with the bolognaise spooned over the top and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.


Not all eating together or in a hurry?
The bolognese can be prepared in advance and re-heated. Cook the spaghetti as you need it.
This dish can be frozen for 3 - 4 months.


Calories: 840kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 717mg | Potassium: 758mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 5650IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 4.1mg

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