spaghetti bolognese recipe
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Spaghetti Bolognese

This is a low-cost Spaghetti Bolognese recipe that will feed all the fussy eaters in your home.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author Skint Chef


  • 1 tbsp olive oil or whatever is available
  • 3 medium onions chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 750 g beef mince
  • 150 g mushrooms chopped
  • 3 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 tbsp mixed herbs
  • 400 g tinned tomatoes
  • 400 ml beef stock
  • tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp Worcester Sauce
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 500 g spaghetti
  • Freshly grated parmesan or cheddar


  • Put oil in large pan and fry the onion on a high heat for around 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and mince and cook until brown. Add carrots, mushrooms, peppers and mixed herbs and cook for a further 3-4 minutes
  • Slowly stir in the tomatoes, tomato puree, beef stock and Worcester sauce and bring to the boil. Add salt and ground pepper to taste and cook on a medium heat for approximately 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling water with a pinch of salt and a dash of oil (to prevent spaghetti sticking). Boil until the spaghetti is soft (about 10 -15 minutes).
  • Serve with the parmesan or grated cheddar and a large glass of red wine (optional, of course!)


Why not mix things up and use turkey mince for a healthier option (it's also cheaper than beef mince).