Quick and easy spaghetti Bolognese recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
5-a-day: 1
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 40 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 623 kCal 31%
Fat 17g 24%
Carbohydrates 79g 31%
  -  of which Sugars 17g 19%
Protein 44g 88%
Salt 2g 33%
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  • Our Spaghetti Bolognese recipe is a classic and made with homemade Bolognese sauce and tender chunks of beef.

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    A simple spaghetti bolognese recipe, you can ditch the jar of ready made sauce. The classic tomato-based sauce in this recipe is flavoured with garlic, oregano and a hint of Worcestershire sauce. This makes for a really delicious explosion of flavour. An easy Italian recipe to make at home, the whole family will love it.

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    • 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
    • 1tbsp olive oil
    • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
    • 500g lean minced beef
    • 90g mushrooms, sliced
    • 1tsp dried oregano or mixed herbs
    • 400g can tomatoes or chopped tomatoes
    • 300ml hot beef stock
    • 1tbsp tomato ketchup or purée
    • 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    • salt and ground black pepper
    • 350g spaghetti
    • freshly grated Parmesan, to sprinkle


    • Put the onion and oil in a large pan and fry over a fairly high heat for 3-4 mins. Add the garlic and mince and fry until they both brown. Add the mushrooms and herbs, and cook for another couple of mins.

    • Stir in the tomatoes, beef stock, tomato ketchup or purée, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 mins.

    • Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling, salted water, according to packet instructions. Drain well, run hot water through it, put it back in the pan and add a dash of olive oil, if you like, then stir in the meat sauce. Serve in hot bowls and hand round Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling on top.

    Top tip for making Quick and easy spaghetti Bolognese

    If you want to try something different you could swap the beef mince for pork, turkey or even Quorn mince

    This spaghetti bolognese recipe is still easy and super simple to make. It will feed four people, but if you need to make dinner for more people, all you have to do is double up on the quantities. It takes approximately 50 mins to make, so you can have dinner ready on the table in less than an hour, perfect if you want a homemade and filling supper but don’t have much time. If you have any leftovers, pop into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. You could also freeze leftovers; just make sure you defrost thoroughly before reheating.

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