Speedy pasta Bolognese

Speedy pasta Bolognese

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • sauce only
  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal574
  • fat11g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs81g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre4g
  • protein41g
  • salt0.56g


  • 500g pack lean minced beef (5.1% fat)
  • handful sliced mushrooms



    The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp sundried tomato purée
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • glass red wine or 150ml/¼pt beef stock
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herb
  • 400g penne
  • handful basil leaves, torn, to serve



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


  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.

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21st Feb, 2013
Delicious. Add carrot and celery. Cook for a little longer.
21st Feb, 2013
Delicious. Add carrot and celery. Cook for a little longer.
15th Oct, 2012
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!
20th Jan, 2012
I added carrotts and mushrooms. Also used a jar sauce and added stock to that- reduces cooking time and inhances flavour.
8th Oct, 2011
I use this as my go-to bolognese recipe! Tonight added 2 carrots and both stock and wine, very yummy indeed.
25th Oct, 2009
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.
7th Oct, 2009
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!
26th May, 2009
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!
5th May, 2009
really quick and tasty meal, i added some dried chilli flakes and worcester sauce - family loved it!
16th Feb, 2009
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!


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