So-simple spaghetti Bolognese

So-simple spaghetti Bolognese

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Make a delicious spag-bol in less than half an hour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal608
  • fat14g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs82g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre4g
  • protein43g
  • salt0.82g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 small carrot, chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 400g can plum tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • ½ bunch basil, plus extra leaves, to serve



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • ½ recipe Multi mince
  • 400g spaghetti or other long pasta
  • 25g toasted breadcrumbs


  1. Heat the oil in non-stick frying pan. Tip in the carrot and cook for 5 mins to soften. Scoop out the tomatoes from the can and add to the pan, and cook for 5 mins more. Pour over the tomato juice and basil, then simmer for 15 mins. Whizz together in a blender until smooth. This sauce can be frozen for up to 3 months.

  2. Heat through with the Multi mince. Cook spaghetti according to pack instructions. Reserve some of the cooking water, drain and tip the pasta into the pan along with the sauce. Toss together, thinning with pasta water, if needed, and serve with the extra basil leaves on top and the breadcrumbs.

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Comments (33)

JustChuckItAllIn's picture

This is a con; it is only quick and easy if you have already spent over an hour making the multi mince, the recipe for which only has two stated uses. .

merengue's picture

There should be an alternative to buying Multi-mince as I want to make the whole recipe. Is that the whole point of this site as in the whole recipe. I can understand there is the convenience aspect for busy people but what about others who may want to try it?

gilesy64's picture

Multi-mince is another recipe on this site (as opposed to an ingredient that is purchased) that can be used as a base for many dishes. There is a link on the rhs of this page that will take you to the multi-mince recipe, so that you CAN cook the whole recipe.

bobz78's picture

Great recipe but must use the Multi Mince recipe under the goes well with section. Otherwise i can understand why it would be bland. I am always surprised to read other reviewers mark down a recipe as bland when i have found it anything but! I wonder how many of these is down to not following the recipe or not seasoning properly?

cpman's picture

I have an Epson xp 205 with greenprint utility,clicked the print icon,no print out

dexyweescot's picture

no garlic??

lnr1973's picture

Where's the link to the Multi mince?

dexyweescot's picture

i would love to try it lol

Richb437's picture

Fantastic :)

ivancampo83's picture

Bland......... Made the mistake of making this the second time.

ruby_may98's picture

The whole family loved it. Swapped mince for Quorn's mince- tasted just as good. Would recommend.

jaynelearningtocook's picture

This is a fabulous recipe and the whole family eat it including my fussy 8 year old. Now a regular meal, highly recommend.

shinobidef's picture

I didn't blitz the ingredients as I don't have a blender and added a some additional red wine to that used in the multi-mince recipe and omitted the bacon, but turned out very tasty and was enjoyed by everyone. I've since become vegetarian so will try this will Quorn mince next time

beginnersue's picture

Yummy! Loved the bacon and red wine gave an interesting flavour!

acolquitt's picture

Very tasty.. probably the best spag bol I've tasted

sharongill99's picture

how much multi mince do u need for this reciepe???

ncaffrey's picture

Really tasty. Made it using what was in the cupboard so swapped passata for the plum tomatoes and a red pepper for the carrot. Yummy! Highly recommend this recipe - will never use a bolognese jar sauce again.

alisonaitchy's picture

I love it and the kids love it too!


Questions (4)

arfajob's picture

The print button seems to be broken? When selected, the page just refreshes.

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. We're currently experiencing issues with our print option not working on certain browsers. It would be great if you could contact us on to let us know what browser you're using. Thanks for your patience.

kaulpage's picture

im confused , help please, if you have already made the mince and in freezer, does it need to be defrosted ? or do u cook straight from freezer ? sorry if silly question, I do not normally cook from frozen foods. Thanks

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. Yes, you'll need to defrost the mince fully before using. Thanks, 

BBC Good Food team

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