- Spaghetti300 GramsCooked, to serve
- Minced Beef350 Grams
- Canned Chopped Tomatoes400 GramsAbout 2 1/2 to 3 cups. If you live in Nigeria, you can get this and other ingredients at any big supermarket. See footnotes below for substitutions
- Olive Oil1.5 Tablespoons
- Red Wine1/2 CupsAny brand but let it be a good brand. Substitute with water or beef stock
- Onion1 Small
- Garlic1.5 Cloves
- Thyme1/4 Teaspoons
- Oregano1/4 Teaspoons
- Basil1/2 Teaspoons
- Beef Bouillon / Seasoning CubeTo taste
- SaltTo taste
- Black PepperTo taste
- Bay Leaf2 Pieces
- Red Chilli Pepper (Optional)1 Pieces
- Tomato Paste1.5 Tablespoons
- Carrot (Optional)1 Small PiecesGrated
How to make Spaghetti Bolognese
Easy bolognese recipe that you can make in no time.
1. Chop the onions, mince or crush the garlic. Finely chop the chilli pepper if you will be using. Grate the carrot if you will be using. Pour all the contents of the canned chopped tomatoes into a bowl.
**If the tomatoes looks too chunky for you, feel free to blitz briefly in a blender to smoothen.
2. Wash the minced beef, season with a little salt and pepper.
3. Add the olive oil to a pan, heat up, add in the garlic and onions, stir-fry for about 2 to 3 minutes on low heat or until fragrant.
4. Add in the minced beef, increase the heat and fry the minced beef until it is no longer pink and it has browned. While frying the minced beef, be sure to break up the mince into little pieces.
5. Add in the red wine (or if you will be substituting with water or beef stock, add it in). Let it simmer for about 3 minutes, then add in the chopped tomatoes, chilli pepper.
6. Stir, let it cook for about 3 minutes, then add in the remaining ingredients (carrot (if you will be using), bay leaf, salt, beef bouillon, black pepper, oregano, thyme and basil.
7. Stir, cover the pot and let it simmer for about 30 minutes . Check on it about 15 minutes in, if the bolognese sauce is too thick for you, add a little water (or more wine or beef stock) and let it cook until you get a thick rich sauce. Also taste for salt while it cooks and adjust taste if necessary.
8. While the sauce is cooking, cook your spaghetti as usual.
9. When the sauce is ready, serve with the spaghetti.
Done. Your easy peasy Spaghetti Bolognese is ready to serve, garnish with some parsley, more basil or parmesan.
1. If you cannot get canned chopped tomatoes(any decent supermarket should stock this), use fresh tomatoes. First soak in hot water to soften, then peel the tomatoes in ice cold water, and finally blend into a puree. If you are substituting, you may need to cook the tomatoes for longer to give it time to lose its raw taste.
2. Using red wine gives the sauce a bit of a rich, tangy taste. If you would rather not use red wine, substitute with beef stock or water.
3. Another way to serve, when the bolognese sauce is ready, pour it in the cooked spaghetti, stir until spaghetti and sauce is combined and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes maximum.