Spaghetti Bolognese .


Spaghetti Bolognese

A bolognaise is one of our best loved dishes and this version is simple yet delicious. What not make a batch and freeze it, saving you time as well as energy cost and giving you something to fall back on a busy day.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 840 kcal


  • 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: 840kcalCarbohydrates: 83gProtein: 48gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 717mgPotassium: 758mgFiber: 6gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 5650IUVitamin C: 21.5mgCalcium: 120mgIron: 4.1mg
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