Speedy Bolognese

Speedy Bolognese

I think I've found it - the perfect quick midweek supper- great for when you'd rather be outside enjoying the lovely weather that we're experiencing at the moment. This recipe requires no chopping, very little measuring and hardly any stirring - Nigella would be proud.

The caramelised red onion chutney gives the dish a wonderful sweetness and the lentils add a bit of bulk, in place of my usual mushrooms. Give this a go soon, promise you wont be disappointed.


| Serves: 4  | Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 25 Minutes | Total Time: 30 Minutes |


  • 2 TBSP Garlic Oil
  • 4 Slices of Smoked Bacon, chopped
  • 500g Lean Steak Mince
  • Glass of Red Wine
  • Heaped TBSP Red Onion Chutney
  • 400g Tin of Tomatoes
  • 75g Red Lentils
  • 125ml Water
  • 25g Parmesan, grated, pus extra for serving
  • Basil to serve


  • Step 1: Heat the garlic oil in a pan then fry the bacon pieces until going crispy on the edges.
  • Step 2: Add the mince and fry until brown.
  • Step 3: Add the wine and let it bubble for a minute before adding the tomatoes, lentils and red onion chutney, season then add the water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Step 4: Add the grated Parmesan and stir through.
  • Step 5: Serve with extra Parmesan and basil.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 8th April 2010 |


  1. This is my kind of Meal! Enjoy the sunshine in Cornwall, you lucky thing.

  2. That sounds really good : )

  3. Bacon and lentils added for good measure I will need to try that.

  4. Chutney is such an interesting ingredient to this, what a good idea

  5. Beautiful bolognese. I love your twist on it.

  6. Good idea with the onion chutney - not necessarily authentic, but then, rules are there to be broken, aren't they? ;)

  7. I like the idea of adding chutney - yum!

  8. Mmmm! This sounds like an interesting variation on an old fave, and quick, I always like quick. :-)

  9. Onion chutney sounds good! Am intrigued too by the lentil addition for bulking out..will have to see if the boyfriend notices!


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