A Quick Bolognese + M&S Italian Collection Review

A quick and tasty bolognese recipe using products from the M&S Italian range

We all need a speedy pasta meal once in a while don't we?!  This quick and easy Bolognese recipe definitely ticks the speedy box by making use of some yummy new products from the M&S Italian Collection.

I managed to get this bolognese made and on the table in just 20 minutes, so a great recipe when you have starving children to feed (school makes them VERY hungry it seems). The bolognese, although not authentic, is very tasty and makes use of a ready made Tomato & Basil sauce that Marks and Spencer sell. I also used some of their fresh fusili which cooks in just a few minutes and to stretch the meal to feed three hungry kids and two adults I served the quick bolognese with yummy cherrybell pepper foccacia.

M&S have some lovely ready made sauces on their shelves at the moment and next time I might use the chunky vegetable sauce to try and get a few more veggies into the kiddo's. Later in the week I'm planning to use their fresh ravioli with the green pesto for another quick and tasty meal for after football and hockey training!

M&S Italian range sauces


The newly launched Italian Collection from M&S not only features ready made sauces, fresh pasta's and delicious Italian breads but also a large selection of ready meals which are ideal for taking to work or eating on a night when you don't fancy cooking. My Mum feeds the kids a couple of nights a week so I often grab a couple of ready meals for me and hubby to enjoy on those nights.

M&S Italian Breads
The King Prawn Risotto is a particular favourite of mine featuring juicy king prawns and sweet  Santarella tomatoes and it means I get to enjoy a meal that I wouldn't normally cook for us as a family (two of my children don't like prawns - hopefully they will acquire the taste for them soon!).

M&S King Prawn Risotto
Hubby likes his meat so the Slow Cooked Beef Ragu Pappardelle is one of his favourite meals from the range but there are so many others to choose from including;

  • Roasted Mushroom Risotto
  • Chicken Pea and Pancetta Risotto
  • Pancetta Carbonara
  • Crab Linguine
  • Scallop, Pancetta and Pea Linguine
  • King Prawn Bucatini
M&S Italian Ready Meals

All of the ready meals can be microwaved in a matter of minutes or if you prefer, many of the products in the range can also be oven cooked.

M&S King Prawn Risotto


  • The bolognese recipe can easily be doubled if you're feeding more than 4 people.
  • Add a glug of red wine to the sauce for some richness just before adding the tomato and basil sauce.
  • Serve the bolognese with grated parmesan and fresh basil for an authentic Italian meal.
  • Any leftover bolognese can be served as a topping to jacket potatoes the next day.


M&S Italian Range


Quick Bolognese
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Quick Bolognese

A quick and easy bolognese recipe using products from the M&S italian range.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 20 mins


  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 Carrot, chopped finely
  • 1 TBSP Dried Thyme
  • 3 Rashers Streaky Bacon, chopped
  • 250g Steak Mince
  • 350g Tub of M&S Tomato and Basil Sauce
  • 1 Beef Stock Pot
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 TSP Sugar


  1. In a large pan, fry the onion, garlic, carrot and thyme in a little oil until soft
  2. Add the bacon and steak mince and fry until the mince is browned.
  3. Add the tomato and basil sauce, stock pot, worcestershire sauce and caster sugar and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with fresh fusili pasta for a quick and tasty meal.


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Take a look at my recipe index for more family friendly recipe ideas and don't forget to follow Jam and Clotted Cream on Pinterest  - it's a great visual guide to my recipes.

Disclosure: I was sent a range of products from the M&S Italian range to review. All thoughts are my own.

Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream)

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