Spaghetti Bolognese

We love a good bowl of spag-bol, who doesn’t? It’s a family favourite in our household and totally easy to make; you can even get the kids involved in dinnertime prep. Here’s a simple bolognese sauce recipe to inspire your next pasta night!


2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
500g been mince (pork or lamb are also good!)
2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
1 bay leaf
salt, pepper and parmesan to taste


1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot and garlic. Once they start sizzling, turn down the heat and put a lid on your pan. Sweat them gently for 10 minutes or so until they are soft. Don’t forget to stir from time to time.

2. Add the mince to the pan and turn up the heat. Break apart the chunks of mince with a fork and cook until the meat has lost its raw look.

3. Add the tomatoes and bay leaf. Bring it all to a simmer and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for at least 30 minutes, stirring from time to time. The flavour only gets better the longer you cook this so be patient. If your cooking it for longer than 30 minutes, make sure you keep an eye on it to make sure there’s enough liquid in the pan.

4. Twenty minutes before you’re ready to serve dinner, boil your pasta according to the packet’s instructions. The both the noodles and sauce are ready, dish them out into big bowls and cover with grated parmesan. Yum!