Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

A delicious easy spaghetti bolognese recipe is a family classic and requires minimal effort for maximum reward. Serve with garlic bread and crunchy salad for the ultimate weeknight meal.
Course Dinner, Family, Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Alida Ryder


  • 500 g beef mince/ground beef
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 x 400g tins Italian tomatoes
  • 250 ml beef stock
  • salt & pepper to taste

to serve

  • 500 g spaghetti/pasta of your choice
  • finely grated Parmesan


  • Brown the beef in a large pot in batched until well browned. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  • In the same pot, add a splash of oil and fry the onion, carrot and celery for 10-15 minutes until soft and fragrant.
  • Add the garlic, bay leaf, thyme and rosemary and fry for another minute.
  • Add the beef back to the pot and add the tomatoes and beef stock.
  • Lower the heat so the sauce simmers and cover. Allow to cook for 30 minutes. If the sauce is too watery, remove the lid for the last 10 minutes of simmering so the liquid can reduce.
  • In the meantime, cook the pasta in a big pot of boiling salted water.
  • Serve the bolognese with the cooked spaghetti and a generous grating of Parmesan.