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The Best Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is usually a winner with kids and our most frequently served dish for playdates! Even the fussiest of eaters seem to like this family favourite and when it’s packed full of veg, it’s a healthy, nourishing dish that’s cheap and easy to prepare. There’s always enough left-over to freeze for a quick meal at a later date, and it’s a base for other great dishes like lasagne, cottage pie and chilli con-carne.

The ingredients that give this Bolognese recipe ‘the edge’ are Worcestershire sauce, teriyaki sauce and the stock cube, not classic additions to Bolognese but they really work, giving a savoury background flavour to the dish. As my lot are quite happy with having veg in this dish, I tend to keep them chunky but when they were younger, everything was chopped really finely and sometimes whizzed up afterwards! The level of precision chopping is up to you!

Buzymum - Spaghetti Bolognese


  • Splash cooking oil, I use rape seed
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed
  • 750g mince beef
  • Small tin tomato puree (142g)
  • 2 (400g) tins of chopped tomatoes or 1 tin plus a portion of roasted vegetable sauce
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp teriyaki sauce
  • 1 beef OXO cube (or other stock cube)
  • Glass of red wine (optional)
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 pepper- any colour
  • 200g white mushrooms, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large saucepan gently fry the onion in the oil until translucent
  • Add the garlic and keep stirring for a couple of minutes to prevent burning
  • Add the mince, stir and chop through with a spatula occasionally, until browned

Buzymum - Onion, garlic and beef mince ⇒ Buzymum - Beef mince once browned

  • Add the puree, tin tomatoes, roasted veg sauce (if using), Worcestershire sauce, teriyaki sauce, stock cube and mixed herbs
  • Use the wine to wash out the tins or a little water if you are not using wine

Buzymum - Wine added to the mince mix

  • Add the carrots and pepper
  • Cover and simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes
  • Take the pan off the heat and skim off any fat from the top
  • Return the pan to the heat and add the mushrooms
  • Cover and simmer on a low heat for a further 40-50 minutes depending on the size of veg pieces
  • More skimming may be necessary depending on your mince

Buzymum - Bolognese ready to be served

  • Add salt and pepper to taste if needed but I usually find I don’t need them
  • Serve on spaghetti, we like whole wheat


Previous recipes: Quick Spinach and Watercress Soup, Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake, Easy Bacon and Monkfish Risotto, Hake in a Cheesy SauceRoasted Vegetable Pasta SauceChinese SalmonChorizo and veg pasta & Homemade fish (or chicken) fingers.

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