Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

A classic dish and really easy to make, try this Spaghetti Bolognese recipe for a great, filling evening meal. Add a bit of Parmesan on the top to really finish it off nicely.


500g Minced Beef
1 chopped onion
180g chopped carrots
1 tbsp olive oil
2 chopped celery sticks
2 tins chopped tomatoes
large squirt of tomato puree
1 clove crushed garlic
2 beef stock cubes
2 bay leaves
400g dried spaghetti
150ml red wine


1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the minced beef and cook until browned.

2. Add the onion, carrots, garlic and celery. Cook these until they are slightly soft, but make sure they do not brown.

3. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, stock cubes made up with 150ml boiling water, wine and the bay leaves, stirring as you go.

4. Bring the heat down to a low level and cook until the carrots and celery are soft, this can take anything up to 1 hour 30 mins.

5. For a really rich flavour make sure you stir the sauce to break up the minced beef and the tomatoes, this can also be done with a potato masher if you wish. Take out the bay leaves just before serving.

6. Cook the spaghetti as per the instructions on the pack. Drain and serve with the bolognese sauce, garnish with parmesan cheese, and if you wish, some basil leaves.

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 90 mins

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40 thoughts on “Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

  1. This recipe is fantastic… but to make it even better add a large teaspoon of Marmite… This really brings out the flavour of the meat! My Nan taught me that when I was a little girl & now I add it to all my beef recipes!

  2. made this today, very easy to make considering i am a student about to go to university and i look for easy meals… easy, however very indulging and delicious… much reccomended to everyone.

  3. hi i am 13 and i would like to make a suprise meal for my step-dads 30th birthday and i dont know what to make and i would realy like some advice could you please help me? thanks x

  4. I’m not very experienced at cooking and i’m trying to get better in time for uni :)
    Cooked this many times now for family and friends- so easy to do and absolutely DELICIOUS!
    (although i haven’t tried it with the wine yet)

  5. Just thrown this one together quickly for the kids absolutely delicous, hope their is enough left for them, will make a job lot next time and freeze for a quick anytime meal

  6. mine is cooking away it smell and looks fantatic i am 13 and doing it as a surpise for when my mum comes home from work xx

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