Bolognese Recipe


I’m not saying this is the best ever Bolognese recipe, but it’s the recipe I have come to use and I’m constantly changing little bits of it. It’s pretty quite and easy to prepare which makes it great for me as I rather not spend hours cooking just for myself! I will make up a big batch, have it for dinner a couple of nights and also freeze portions to keep for later in the month when I’m having a lazy night and rather not cook.

So what do you need?


For this recipe:
750g Lean Beef Mince
Tube of Tomato Puree
Bacon – you can buy it pre-diced but i tend to just go with whatever my Tesco's has to offer
Carrots x 3/4 depending on size
Diced Onion – I get mine pre diced & frozen from Asda
Beef Stock – I use Knorr’s stock pot
Bolognese Seasoning – again I currently use Asda own brand

Step 1 – Preparation

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I always begin by preparing any veg or meat that needs cutting up, as this means everything is ready and waiting to be added to the pan and it’ll actually save time. I cut up 3 carrots, poured out about a cup of diced onions and cut up about 3/4 rashers of bacon.

Step 2 – Cook the bacon


I poured in a little oil and heated the pan up, I fried the bacon until cooked, I find it usually takes about 3-5 minutes max. I kept the heat on medium during the whole cooking process.

Step 3 – Add the vegetables


I add all the vegetables at this stage and simply cook through so it has all softened and this is often when it’s ready for the mince to be added. This will usually take again 3-5minutes max depending on how much veg you add.

Step 4 – Add the mince

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This is the longest part of the cooking, you simply need to keep mixing every couple of minutes until the mince has browned all over, I find with this amount of meat (and my way too small pan) it can take 10-15 minutes until it has all browned, but this can vary! Just move onto the next step once all the meat has browned and no red meat remains.

Step 5 – Add the other stuff!


I always add in this order, first the stock pot and wait until it has fully dissolved. I then move onto the tomato puree, for this amount of meat I will use the whole tube, but it is really down to personal taste on how much you add. Finally I will add the seasoning and mix thoroughly in, once everything has been added I turn the heat down to low and cook for a further 10 minutes, mixing every so often so it doesn’t burn.

And there you have it! I told you it was a quick and easy recipe, great for doing any night of the week as it doesn’t take too long and I’m using all finished within an hour which isn’t bad for Bolognese! If you try it let me know how it turns out, as I would love to hear, obviously I’m not saying it’s the greatest ever recipe but it’s not bad. I enjoy it and my boyfriend enjoys it, which is the most important thing!

Would you like to see more recipes? I’ll even try to be even more detailed on cooking times/temperatures!

- Bambi -

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  1. I've heard about bacon in a bolognese recipe but I've never tried it. I'm deffo gonna give it a bash next time!


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