Bolognese with a difference

Bolognese with a difference

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(43 ratings)

Ready in around 50 minutes


Serves 4
A classic with a few added extras, everyone loves a good spag bol

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  • 2 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 onion



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 stick, finely chopped celery



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 450g minced beef



    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste
  • 400g can chopped tomato



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

  • 150ml beef stock
  • 50g chopped olive
    Bowl of olives



    Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…

  • handful fresh basil leaves



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

  • spaghetti, to serve


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and cook the chopped onion, garlic and chopped celery for 3-4 minutes over a medium heat until the onion has softened slightly. Tip in the lean minced beef and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes until browned all over. Stir in the sun-dried tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.

  2. Add the chopped tomatoes. Pour the beef stock into the empty tomato can, swish around then add to the pan. Stir in the pitted black chopped olives. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, then cover and simmer gently for 35-40 minutes, until very tender. Season well and stir in a handful of fresh torn basil leaves.

  3. Toss with cooked spaghetti and serve.

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10th Jan, 2013
Friend recommended this site and first receipe I tried was this spag bol - it was gorgeous and so easy to make - made it for different people and lots of compliments - definitely recommend.
5th Oct, 2012
really nice recipe, easy to make, added some red wine, extra garlic and diced carrots, will make again maybe adding some mushrooms and peppers for a change
21st Sep, 2012
loved it since the first time I tried it! now it's the only bolognese I make!
22nd Aug, 2012
easy to cook. loved the sun dried tomato paste mixed with beef stock taste. olives are a must. we added mushrooms which is generally a good thing. will now always make it like this.
2nd Aug, 2012
very hearty bolognese which went down well, instead of olives used the carrot and mushroom option and used courgette instead of celery..delish
23rd May, 2012
I leave out the olives and use ordinary tomato puree instead of sun-dried. The first time I made it I used sun-dried and really didn't like the taste. Now I've adapted it to my liking it's a firm favourite in our house. I use this recipe everytime I make spaghetti bolognese. If I have the time I let it simmer for an hour for a richer flavour.
13th May, 2012
I had to use ordinary tomato paste, so I doubled the quantity. Apart from that followed the recipe and although the bolognese is quite rich, it has a lovely mediterranean flavour. Great change from the usual bolognese sauce.
1st Feb, 2012
its good...but i am still in search of the perfect bolognaise recipe. anyone know one?
31st Jan, 2012
Best spaghetti bolognaise I have ever made, and I've made a few. Very easy, quick and tasty.
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3rd Dec, 2011
Ive made a pot of this ahead to reheat later. I've kept everything the same (except for celery as we don't have any) I've also added chopped carrot and chopped spinach (chard) stalk. A splash of red wine, Worcester sauce and some oregano plus extra Tomato paste (ordinary we don't have the sun dried tomato type in). Will serve later with Linguine and tear and share garlic bread. Tastes lovely.


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