Spaghetti Bolognese

The classic Italian meal.

Serves 5 people


  • 500 grams beef mince or vegetarian mince like Quorn
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 400 grams tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 50 grams tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon(s) dried mixed herbs
  • 500 grams spaghetti
  • Parmesan cheese (optional, vegetarian versions available)

 

The Sauce

1.   Heat the oil in a large sauce pan and fry the onion, carrots and garlic for 5 minutes or until tender.

2.   Add the mince and brown well over a medium heat for 5 minutes breaking it up with a spoon.

3.   Mix in the tomatoes, celery and dried herbs and simmer for 30-40 minutes (meat) or 20-30mins (quorn/vegetarian substitute).

Check your timing!

Don’t start the pasta too soon!

The Pasta

1.   Slowly place the spaghetti into a large pan of boiling water until completely submerged and soft.

2.   Bring back to the boil while stirring the pasta to ensure it does not stick.

3)    Allow to boil for 10 minutes then drain in a colander and serve.

Serving

You can either serve the pasta directly onto the plate and top with the Bolognese or mix the pasta in with the sauce and serve together.

Finish the dish off with some grated parmesan cheese.

Method

The Sauce

1.   Heat the oil in a large sauce pan and fry the onion, carrots and garlic for 5 minutes or until tender.

2.   Add the mince and brown well over a medium heat for 5 minutes breaking it up with a spoon.

3.   Mix in the tomatoes, celery and dried herbs and simmer for 30-40 minutes (meat) or 20-30mins (quorn/vegetarian substitute).

Check your timing!

Don’t start the pasta too soon!

The Pasta

1.   Slowly place the spaghetti into a large pan of boiling water until completely submerged and soft.

2.   Bring back to the boil while stirring the pasta to ensure it does not stick.

3)    Allow to boil for 10 minutes then drain in a colander and serve.

Serving

You can either serve the pasta directly onto the plate and top with the Bolognese or mix the pasta in with the sauce and serve together.

Finish the dish off with some grated parmesan cheese.

Ingredients

  • 500 grams beef mince or vegetarian mince like Quorn
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 400 grams tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 50 grams tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon(s) dried mixed herbs
  • 500 grams spaghetti
  • Parmesan cheese (optional, vegetarian versions available)

 


For a hearty chilli con carne just add fresh chillies or chilli powder and a tin of cooked kidney beans.

Wholemeal spaghetti works particularly well with this dish and is just as quick to cook.

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