Speedy pasta Bolognese

Speedy pasta Bolognese

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Why not get the kids involved in cooking too with this simple version of a classic

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Sauce only
  • Easily halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
574
protein
41g
carbs
81g
fat
11g
saturates
3g
fibre
4g
sugar
6g
salt
0.56g

Ingredients

  • 500g pack lean minced beef (5.1% fat)
  • handful sliced mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp sundried tomatoes purée
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • glass red wine or 150ml/¼pt beef stock
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herb
  • 400g penne
  • handful basil leaves, torn, to serve

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Method

  1. Brown the beef in a large frying pan for 5 mins, then throw in the mushrooms and soften for 3 mins. Stir in the garlic and sun-dried tomato purée and cook for 2 mins. Add the tomatoes, wine or stock, dried herbs and seasoning. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins.
  2. While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta as per pack instructions, drain, then serve with the sauce and torn basil leaves scattered on top.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2007

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jolaidlaw's picture
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Delicious. Add carrot and celery. Cook for a little longer.

jolaidlaw's picture
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Delicious. Add carrot and celery. Cook for a little longer.

katie_besson's picture
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nice!but I agree that u gotta put it ready-made stock or maybe just a bit of stock, otherwise it becomes too liquidish, but we loved this sauce. Good simple casual dinner!

ruby28's picture

I added carrotts and mushrooms. Also used a jar sauce and added stock to that- reduces cooking time and inhances flavour.

georgelikescake's picture
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I use this as my go-to bolognese recipe! Tonight added 2 carrots and both stock and wine, very yummy indeed.

kerryh33's picture
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I made this tonight, its lovely, but i did find i had to add extra seasoning, as i found it a little bland. Very easy to make though, next time i think i'll add some pancetta or smoky bacon, it really improves the flavour!!! I'll definatly make it again though.

jhxmti's picture
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Wonderful dish, very simple to prepare and cook and very tasty! (Particularly using red wine instead of stock.) As others have noted, it does tend to take longer to reduce than stated above - but if you bear that in mind and don't overcook the pasta, it works very well! Has become a regular 'quick cook' recipe of mine!

charlottemedlock's picture
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Made this tonight, was really nice. I altered it a bit by adding some grated carrot and onion as suggested. I also made it into a pasta bake by putting the pasta and sauce into an ovenproof dish, putting some leftover creme fraiche mixed with egg on the top finished with some grated cheese and baking until golden. Was a nice touch, but makes it less 'speedy' i suppose. I halved the pasta content as i prefer a greater sauce pasta ratio!

wendy1427's picture
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really quick and tasty meal, i added some dried chilli flakes and worcester sauce - family loved it!

chromatopelma's picture
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This is a great recipe and quickly becoming a firm favourite in my house. It’s easy and very quick to cook, so it’s wonderful for a warming mid week meal. You can easily boost your ‘five a day’ intake by throwing some extra veg in there. I added some chopped onion and grated carrot the second time I made it which made it VERY tasty. The only issue I do have with this particular recipe is that it does need longer to simmer then stated. It takes a good 20 minutes to reduce down. Otherwise brilliant!

lorz88's picture

I think this recipe is really good, simple but plenty of flavour. I used a very small glass of port instead of plain red wine. I think it made it a bit richer.

hambyhugh's picture

Made this tonight, turned out very nice even though I only had regular tomato puree in the fridge. I actually let it reduce for 20 minutes as it seemed far too watery after the cooking time that was stated was up!

bananaman's picture
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very nice will be a regular meal

akfarrar's picture
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Used to teach a student how easy good cooking can be!
Really worked - good flavour and filling.

venus_infurs's picture
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Such a quick yummy dinner that really fills you up. I make this one offten, although the sauce is usally a little watery.

davidcie's picture

Pretty tasty, mushrooms work well in this recipe - add texture increase the 'chewyness factor'. Dead simple to prepare. Took a lot longer though, but will make it again nevertheless.

narliegirl's picture
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Huge favourite with us, we usually have it at least every couple of weeks.

purpleflufff's picture
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Was good though i found it took a lot longer than the stated time to cook becuase the sauce had to reduce enough.

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