Delicious Homemade Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe
Looking for an easy recipe to follow? Try our easy but delicious recipe for homemade spaghetti bolognese!
Spaghetti bolognese is one of our favourite tasty meals to make at home (or should I say… what I love making ha ha!). It’s the perfect comfort food for those cold nights to warm you up or if you fancy a good wholesome meal during the week or after a day of work.
This delicious homemade recipe for spaghetti bolognese is great if you like to throw everything in a big pot and leave it for a couple of hours to do its magic. And you know how we love our one pot wonders! It’s packed with lots of veggies … so what’s not to love.
This recipe is so easy to follow – here’s our step by step guide on what to do and what’s even better most of the ingredients will most likely be in your store cupboard anyway. This will make a large batch for you to freeze and serve any time but if you want to just make a small portion then divide the amount of ingredients down to suit.
How to Make the Perfect Bolognese Sauce
Firstly dig out a big pot, big enough to add all your ingredients. If you’re following the recipe exactly and batch cooking then we suggest using this stainless cooking pot ideal for these one pot recipes. Add a few glugs of oil (we tend to use rapeseed oil) into the cooking pot to start.
Next add the chopped onions and fry till the onions have softened and slightly browned.
Add the garlic and the finely grated carrots to the pot, and cook for a further 3 minutes. Then add the beef mince and mix everything together. Cook till the mince has browned.
Add the tinned chopped tomatoes to the mixture and stir (don’t forget to add a little water to each empty can to get the last of all those juices). White wine is added with a couple of crumbled beef stock cubes.
The dried herbs (marjoram and oregano), spices (nutmeg and paprika), milk and brown sugar are then added and stirred.
Why use milk in bolognese?
What makes this recipe different to many others is our magic ingredient. You might ask what it could be – our answer is milk. That’s right milk! By adding milk, it enhances the flavours and naturally adds a richness to the meat and the delicious bolognese sauce. We tend to use semi-skimmed milk, but just use whatever milk you have in the fridge.
Finally the bay leaves and finely sliced mushrooms are added to the mixture. Bring to the boil then turn down the heat and let it simmer for a good couple of hours.
How to cook the spaghetti
The bolognese sauce is best served with spaghetti. We try to keep it healthy and use dried wholewheat spaghetti. Add water to saucepan and place the pasta in once the water starts boiling. Cook the pasta on a moderate heat for around 10 minutes or till ‘al dente’. You could of course use fresh pasta which only takes around 2/3 minutes to cook.
You could also just add the spaghetti to a portion of the bolognese sauce and cook that way too.
Drain the pasta and serve with the bolognese sauce.
Finally add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and even a side of garlic bread and voilà!
Here it is, our super easy, delicious, slow cooked spaghetti bolognese. If you’ve followed the recipe then you’ll have left overs which you can portion out, freeze and reheat for another day.
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This easy to follow recipe for homemade spaghetti bolognese is perfect for an evening meal and great if you’re looking to batch cook. So simple to make and is absolutely delicious.
- 2 tbsps Cooking Oil (We use rapeseed oil)
- 6 medium Onions (Can use either red or white. Chop the onions)
- 4 /5 cloves Garlic (Finely chopped)
- 4 medium Carrots (Finely chopped or grated)
- 2 kg Beef mince (Fresh or frozen)
- 6 tins/cans Chopped tomatoes
- 350 ml White wine (Although some people do prefer red)
- 2 Beef stock cubes (You can substitute with granules or fresh stock)
- 3 tbsps Marjoram (Dried usually gives a more intense taste)
- 1 tbsp Oregano
- 2 tspns Paprika
- 2 tspns Nutmeg
- 250 ml Milk (We use semi-skimmed)
- 2 tbsps Brown sugar
- 250 grams Mushrooms (Finely sliced)
- 3 Bay leaves
- 1 tspn Salt (Vary the salt according to taste but don't omit)
- 2 tspns Black Pepper
- Add water if sauce too thick
- Dried or fresh spaghetti (According to number of people)
- Water to boil
Add oil to the cooking pot
Then add the chopped onions and sauté until slightly browned
Add garlic and the finely grated carrots for 3 minutes and continue frying
Add the beef mince and cook until brown
Add the tinned chopped tomatoes and stir. Don't forget to add a little water to the empty cans to get the last bit of all the juices out.
Add the white wine, beef stock cubes, dried herbs, spices, milk and brown sugar. Stir the mixture
Add the finely sliced mushrooms
Add water if mixture too thick as it will reduce down when cooking
Bring to the boil then turn down the heat to simmer for a couple of hours
These are the ingredients I use but feel free to alter the amounts according to your taste or omit or add any other ingredients you specifically like in your Bolognese!
Add water to the saucepan and bring to the boil
Add the dried spaghetti to the boiling water
Turn the heat down to moderate and cook for around 10 minutes or until the spaghetti is 'al dente'
Fresh spaghetti cooks faster than dried so around 2/3 minutes depending on amount
Note: You can either add the spaghetti to a portion of the bolognese sauce to cook or boil in water separately.
Serve with a good sprinkle of parmesan cheese and a side of garlic bread... Mmmmmm
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