Family Favourite Spaghetti Bolognese

Bolognese Sauce for Pasta

This Bolognese recipe, although not entirely authentic, is a real crowd pleaser for young and old alike. If you've got any leftovers it makes a lovely hearty topping to jacket potatoes the next day...or do what my Grandad used to and eat his leftover Bolognese on toast! Not tried that one I have to say but he seemed to really enjoy it.

The big Bolognese debate in this house though is not what you do with the leftovers but whether you serve it spooned on top of the spaghetti, which my kids prefer, or mix it through the spaghetti, which I prefer. I swear it tastes better my way.

Spaghetti Bolognese

SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE

| Serves: 4-5 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 1 Hour | Total Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes |


INGREDIENTS:

  • 500g Beef Mince
  • 6 Streaky Bacon rashers, chopped
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Carrot, chopped
  • 1 Celery Stalk, chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 TBSP Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • 1 TBSP Fresh Basil, chopped
  • 1 TSP Dried Oregano
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 x 400g Tins Chopped Tomatoes with garlic and herbs
  • 1 Rich Beef Stock Pot (or beef stock cube)
  • 2 TBSP Tomato Puree
  • 100ml Whole Milk
  • 1 TSP Sugar
  • 75g Parmesan plus extra to serve

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Step 1: Heat 1 TBSP of oil in a large casserole. Fry the bacon until cooked then add the onion, celery, carrot, garlic and fresh thyme. Continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Step 2: Turn the heat up and brown the minced beef (it will take a couple of minutes).
  • Step 3: Add the chopped tomatoes, beef stock pot, tomato puree, whole milk and sugar and turn down the heat to a low simmer. Cook for about 50 minutes then stir through the grated Parmesan until melted in.
  • Step 4: Serve  the Bolognese with spaghetti and extra grated Parmesan on top.

 | Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 25th January 2016 |


7 comments:

  1. This looks so delicious, it's hard to beat a good bolognese, always a winner in my kitchen too!
    Nicola #recipeoftheweek

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    1. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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    2. My daughter aged 11 made this last night. Was so lovely and she enjoyed making it

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  2. Yum! This sounds like a fab recipe! I have to say I'm with your kids on this one...every other recipe for pasta and sauce, I always mix the sauce and the pasta together, but with spaghetti bolognese it has to be the bolognese on top...I think it's just because that's the way I had it when I was a kid and so it feels wrong stirring it in!?! Much more Italian your way, though :-) Eb x

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    1. My husband is with the kids on this one too!!

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  3. Great to hear your daughter enjoyed it Claire

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  4. My DREAM meal for midweek! I love the look of this Beth! Karen

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