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Pasta Bolognese

This is definitely a classic that most of us have tried. This is my version.... and not a jar of Dolmio in sight! The ready made sauces are created for convenience and are, most of the time, loaded with sugar, and to be fair it takes the same time to open a jar of sauce as it does to open a tin of tomatoes, and often it works out cheaper than a pre made sauce ..... so why not got it a go!

The Recipe Ingredients

1tbsp olive oil

125g Pasta (I often use Penne)

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

8-10 cherry tomatoes

500g minced beef

1 large onion finely chopped

2 garlic cloves finely chopped

6-8 button or chestnut mushrooms, quartered

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp Italian mixed herbs

splash of Worcestershire sauce

1tbsp tomato puree

salt & black pepper

Parmesan to garnish


Add the oil to a deep sided frying pan and fry the chopped onion and garlic on a low/medium heat for 3 or 4 mins till softened. Add the minced beef and cook for a further 5 mins till it's all changed colour.

Add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, mixed herbs, oregano, tinned tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms to the pan and stir together. Half fill the empty tin of tomatoes with water and add to the pan and stir.

Pop a lid on the pan and gently simmer for 30 mins stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, halfway through the bolognese cooking time, cook the pasta to pack instructions (usually in salted boiling water for 10 -12 mins)

After 30 mins the bolognese should have reduced and thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Drain the pasta and serve in a bowl, then spoon on the bolognese on top and sprinkle with Parmesan. Enjoy!

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