Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti bolognaise



Spaghetti Bolognese


  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 700 grams Mince Beef
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Large Brown Onion Peeled and Diced
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup Carrot grated
  • 1 cup Zucchini grated
  • 400 grams Fresh Tomatoes diced


  • 1 tin Whole Tomatoes drained
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano Leaves
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 20 grams Butter cubed


  • Place a large, heavy bottomed frying pan on high heat.
  • Add oil and swirl to cover pan, when its very hot add mince, salt and pepper and brown- cook for about 5 minutes or until meat juices have evaporated, stirring occasionally.
  • Add onion and saute for 1-2 minutes
  • Add garlic and tomato paste, stirring to coat the meat.
  • Once tomato paste has started sticking to the bottom of the pan and the meat is reddish, add the carrot, zucchini and diced tomato.
  • Stir to thoroughly combine then add oregano, bay leaves and butter.
  • Place a lid on top, bring to the boil then turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Check for seasoning then leave to rest for 5-10 minutes for flavours to meld.
  • Cook pasta according to packet instructions and serve meat sauce over pasta garnished with grated parmesan cheese.


  • This a family favorite – I had a lot of tomatoes going bad so this was a great way to use them up.
  • The butter at the end really gives this sauce a richer taste, however if you are not happy with the addition, simply leave it out.
  • This recipe also works well with minced lamb and pork.
  • Recipe created by Camilla Baker for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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