Tasty Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is a go-to weeknight classic. Packed-full of blended vegetables for a rich and smooth finish, with all the health benefits. Red wine can be added for extra depth of flavour.

Ingredients (serves 6)

1 tbsp olive oil

2 onions, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

500g beef mince

2x 400g tins chopped tomatoes

2-3 tbsp tomato puree

500ml stock

2 tbsp parsley

2 tbsp thyme

2 bay leaves

125ml red wine (optional)

400g spaghetti

Parmesan, grated

Salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and fry for 10 mins or until browned and soft. Remove from the pan and if you prefer a finer texture – blend the mixture at this stage, or set aside.
  2. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the beef mince and cook stirring for 3-4 mins until the meat is browned.
  3. Add the cooked/blended vegetables, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, stock, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, and red wine (optional). Stir well to combine.
  4. Bring to the boil, reduce to a gentle simmer, and cover with a lid. Cook for 1 hr stirring regularly, until you have a rich and creamy sauce. Remove bay leaves and season to taste.
  5. When the Bolognese sauce is nearly finished, cook spaghetti according to pack instructions and drain. Serve with sauce and parmesan.

Tip - make a double batch of the Bolognese sauce to freeze leftovers for a make-ahead meal, or to kickstart a super speedy classic beef Lasagna.


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