Friday, 8 February 2008

Spaghetti Bolognese

In the past I've been so lazy when it comes to bolognese and just used a jar (except this time) despite knowing how to make it. Well I finally decided to take the time and make it from scratch, despite it being a busy night for me.

Anyways, it's such a basic thing really but I may as well share how I made it:


Serves 3-4


Olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 slices of back bacon, cut into strips
400g mince (usually I use beef, but decided to use turkey this time)
500ml passata
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup of red wine
1 tsp freshly chopped basil
Salt and pepper

1. Heat the oil in a pot on a medium heat then add the onion and garlic. Cook gently for 2-3 minutes.
2. Add the back bacon and cook for a couple of minutes.
3. Add in the mince and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring.
4. Stir in the passata, tomato puree, basil, oregano, worcestershire sauce, bay leaves and red wine. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Remove the bay leaves and serve with pasta (or if you're anything like my husband, mashed potato!) and ciabatta and top with the parmesan and basil.

I love a bit of veg in my bolognese, however carnivore hubby doesn't so I stir fried some mushroom and red pepper and added it to mine.


  1. Ruth I'm hungry, I love spaghetti bolognese & yours looks yum! :-)

  2. It may be basic/easy, but I've never made it! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Ruth I love spaghetti and your bolognese looks yummy ;o)


  4. Lovely recipe Ruth and it really does look marvellous! It's always satisfying don't you think when you make something from scratch and sit down to eat?! :D

    Rosie x

  5. Thanks Dell! You're so sweet.

    Kate, I think cos it is a "basic/easy" recipe i often ust say to make it easier by just using the jar of sauce. I'm so glad I didn't this time.

    Thank you Maria, spaghetti is my favourite pasta, 2nd is tagliatelle, which I haven't had in a while.

    Rosie, you definitely get the feeling of satisfaction and it tastes so much yummier when you put in the effort!

  6. This looks good and like something I could make. I luv your recipes and hopefully get around to trying a few!

  7. Hey Alisa, thanks for stopping by! you're so sweet. It really is very good and really easy to throw together and in fact is what we had for dinner tonight again! What is also good about it is making a huge batch of it and freezing some into little tupperwares for future dinners and saves cooking.... handy for busy mums!!!! ;o)


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