Spaghetti Bolognese

What can I say? Spaghetti Bolognese is a real family favourite. And quick and easy to prepare!

Spaghetti Bolognese

4 servings
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the Bolognese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 450 g (1 lb) minced/ground beef
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 275 ml (10 fl oz) beef stock (1¼ cups)
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes/½ x 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 115 g (4 oz) button mushrooms, sliced (1½ cups) (optional)
  • For the spaghetti
  • 225 g (8 oz) spaghetti (filling the hole of a pasta server with spaghetti is a single portion)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a little olive oil

To serve

  • Parmesan


  • large frying pan/skillet or sauté pan
  • a large pan for the spaghetti

  • Method
  • Heat the oil in the pan and cook the onion over a low heat for 10 minutes until golden. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.

  • Increase the heat to medium, add the beef, and brown for about 5 minutes. Break up any clumps with a wooden spoon.

  • Stir in the stock and tomato purée and bring to the boil.

  • Add the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, mushrooms, if using, and season. Give it a good stir and then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add salt and dash of olive oil, then ease the spaghetti into the pan.

  • Reduce the heat a little and cook the spaghetti for the length of time according to the directions on the packet. (Can recommend DeCecco brand.)

  • Drain through a large colander, reserving 120 ml (4 fl oz) (½ cup) of the cooking water and then return to the pan with the spaghetti. Add the sauce and toss well.
  • Spoon into bowls and top with little slivers of Parmesan.

  • Note
  • A Caesar salad makes a good starter. And garlic bread to serve with the Spaghetti Bolognese.
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