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)

bowen192's picture

Amazing...much much better than any bought spag bol sauce.

shoebaker's picture

Fantastic recipe, much better than any shop bought sauce i've tried. I added corgette and mushrooms too and abit of tomato puree, but other than that I didnt make any drastic alterations and I would definetly make it again.

rhianthomas1984's picture

Delicious! I made a batch of the "multi mince" and used half for this recipe and half for "quick cottage pie" which was also lovely. I added some tomato puree to the mix and served it with home made cheesy garlic ciabatta. Comfort food at it's best!!!

sjbsjw's picture

Excellent recipe, all the family loved it!

messyjessie86's picture

So much nicer than the shop-bought sauces that are available, try it! There was some multi-mince left over so I adapted it to make a chilli. Lush! :)

juliejane's picture

Made for my husband (i am a veggie!) Had to add some tom puree, but apart from that i made no alterations to the recipe. With the rest of the multi mince (what a good idea that is!) I am going to make a lasagne. A nice recipe!'s picture

this version of spag bol, went down a storm and the other half of multi mince was frozen and used for cottage pie the following week

womble5's picture

I added carrots and red pepper, it was lovely and I put some in the freezer great for lunch at work

sheppy's picture

I'm gonna make some of that multi-mince and freeze.. delicious.

chefkarl's picture

sounds simple and great i was wondering if a bit of finely chopped parsley moss would enhance the flavouring of the tomatoe and mince mix . . . let me know what you think . . . thanks

adeleg's picture

This dish was simple to cook and very tasty. The sauce tasted much nicer than the shop bought sauce I usually buy. From now on this will be my spaghetti bolognese recipe; no more shop bought sauce for me. My daughter loved it too and she is a fussy eater!

lizziecoxall's picture

My daughter is autistic, and won't eat anything with "bits" in, and my step-daughter is also very fussy with food, but they both loved this. I will definitely be making it again. I particularly liked the idea of putting a carrot in - when it was all blended together, no-one would have guessed. A great way to get children to eat their vegetables!
10/10 !!

lizzyannie's picture

I enjoyed making this quick and easy recipe and it added something special to the minced beef(which I had cooked with a few fltterings of blue cheese) Very tasty


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