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What We're Eating : Easy Spaghetti Bolognese

12th June 2014 | Posted in Recipes by Ben Boughtwood


This spicy chilli con carne is a one-pot wonder and can be made largely from the ingredients you'll have in your cupboards.<br />

This recipe will serve 6-8 people and will take around 1-2 hours to prepare and cook, so let's get started......


  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 400g of Minced Beef
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (chopped)
  • 100g of Carrot (grated)
  • 2 x 400g Tinned Tomatoes
  • 400ml of Stock (made from stock cube, ideally beef stock)
  • 400g of Dried Spaghetti
  • Salt and Pepper


Preparation Method

  1. Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and once hot, add in the minced beef with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the mince until well browned (be careful not to burn, needs to be a dark brown colour). Once browned, transfer the mince into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add another tablespoon of oil to the saucepan you browned the mince in and turn the heat to medium. Add in the onions and a pinch of salt and fry gently for 5-6 minutes until softened. Now add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the grated carrotthe pour the mince from the bowl back into the saucepan, including the juices.
  4. Add the tomatoes to the pan and stir well to mix. Pour in the stock, bring to a simmer and then reduce the tempreture to simmer for 45 minutes, or until the sauce is thick and rich. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
  5. When ready to cook the spaghetti, heat a large pan of water and add a pinch of salt. Cook according to the guidelines. Once the spaghetti is ready, drain well and then add to the pan with the bolognese sauce, Mix together well and serve whilst hot. Enjoy!

Courtesy of BBC Food and Chris Bell


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