Big-batch Bolognese

Big-batch Bolognese

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 12

Whip up a huge batch of bolognese that's fit to feed a hungry crowd, or freeze half for a speedy midweek meal

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily halved
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
295
protein
34g
carbs
13g
fat
12g
saturates
4g
fibre
4g
sugar
11g
salt
0.87g

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 smoked bacon rashers, chopped
  • 4 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • 4 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 500g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1½ kg lean minced beef (or use half beef, half pork mince)
  • 6 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 6 tbsp tomato purée
  • large glass red wine (optional)
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • parmesan, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a very large saucepan. Gently cook the bacon, onions, carrots and celery for 20 mins until golden. Add the garlic, herbs, bay and mushrooms, then cook for 2 mins more.
  2. Heat a large frying pan until really hot. Crumble in just enough mince to cover the pan, cook until brown, then tip in with the veg. Continue to fry the mince in batches until used up. Tip the tomatoes and purée in with the mince and veg. Rinse the cans out with the red wine, if you have some, or with a little water, then add to the pan with the vinegar and sugar. Season generously and bring to a simmer. Simmer slowly for 1 hr until thick and saucy and the mince is tender. Serve with pasta and Parmesan.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2010

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sabrinaduck's picture

Delicious.

nmh1210's picture

As an alternative to wine I add balsamic vinegar which makes it quite rich. I leave out the sugar when I do this though!

shiningfaery's picture
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As well as being a great way to add some extra veggies to the menu it was a lovely meat sauce. I made this as per recipe except I substituted half the chopped tomatoes for passata as we are a saucy family lol. I don't generally cook with wine but added it this time and I couldn't taste it but the overall dish was good. Makes huge amount for us more than 12 portions in my house.

coleyskitchen's picture
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Made a huge batch for the freezer. Followed the recipe except for the wine, and unlike an earlier reviewer, I don't think the end result suffered for omitting the wine. This was lovely. Used a mixture of beef and pork mince. I did have the rindy bit of a piece of parmesan left over so I threw that in as I have done before and it gives a slightly richer end result. Excellent!

gill_david's picture
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Much better than out of a jar. But harder work. It was just perfect though with Nigel Slater's parmesan garlic bread for a big family get together.

impeed's picture

To A Astley,
Maybe ommitting the wine was the other 3 stars you missed on.
If you dont follow a recipe and change it then you can hardly mark it down. Its your recipe now.

impeed's picture

To Mik
I appreciate you want a recipie for spag bol but this is just a recipe for bolognaise sauce for adding to recipes like lasagne spag bol etc...It makes quite a lot too. So maybe you should ask how much bolognaise should I add to my pasta as you must already know how much pasta you need per person..look on the pack :0).

feebee23's picture
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I made this to fill up the freezer very pleased with the results !! Made a huge lasagne and several portions of meat sauce that I'm sure will be great for pasta bakes etc. I'll be making this again as its really easy and the results are very tasty !!

anast71's picture
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Didn't add the wine, to try to be more economical, but I felt the whole dish was lacking something. Kept aadding more seasoning towards the end of the cooking time to try to help and added beef stock cubes, but it didn't really work. We are not into rich food, but this was definately lacking something!

pagayeuse's picture

It would be nice if they had included in the list of ingredients the amount of spaghetti needed! After all, it's just as important as the sauce and a useful indication for those cooking for groups.

geraldwhitehouse's picture
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ADD A FEW MORE INGREDIENTS LIKE PEPPERS,BULK IT UP MORE AND I GOT 15 PORTIONS,WHAT VALUE AND TASTY WITH IT!

annamariej4's picture
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Ooops forgot the stars.....

annamariej4's picture
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This is by far the best recipe for spag bol I have ever made, now a family favourite!! It's absolutely delicious and so easy to make.

mel783910's picture
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The Spagg Boll Ever

jgoodall734's picture
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My children are not lovers of veg so I left out the mushrooms and put a slightly reduced amount of veg into the food processor before frying. I also used 5*500ml of pasata instead of the tomatoes. Used fresh herbs (unchopped) and retrieved them after cooking.
Result was brilliant with happy kids and Mum! Sure to become a favourite.

hairdresser's picture
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Great recipe very tasty . Will make it again and freezes very well all you need for a quick meal when you come in late.

emsta88's picture
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Forgot to a 5 stars

emsta88's picture
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Really tasty family favourite. We make this regularly and there's never any leftovers! Yum.

missypootin's picture
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We all loved this - even my 5 year old ate it all and she doesn't generally like food with vegetables in! Will definitely be making again.

gaubelau's picture
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Easy recipe but the taste is just OK. Good but not great.

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