Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spag bol is unanimous household favourite, meaning you have to have a good trusty recipe. Some people like mushrooms in there, some people don't, but personally I love them so I have thrown plenty in along with a good glug of wine. It may not be the most traditional recipe, but gosh is it good.

Serves: 4

Cooking Time: 25 minutes prep, 8+ hours in the slow cooker


  • 1 White Onion
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 150g Chestnut Mushrooms (opt)
  • 500g Beef Mince
  • 1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 250ml Beef Stock
  • 250ml Red Wine
  • 2 tsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 1 tsp Marmite
  • 3 tsp Granulated Sugar
  • Dash of Worcester Sauce
  • Bay Leaf
  • Sprig of Thyme
  • S&P
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour (opt)
  • Spaghetti (to serve)
  • Parmesan


  1. Start by finely chopping the onions and crushing the garlic.
  2. In a frying pan, heat a little olive oil and soften the onions and garlic.
  3. While they are softening, thinly slice the mushrooms and add them to the pan. Cook until both the onions and mushrooms are nearing a brown hue, then transfer to the slow cooker.
  4. In the same frying pan, brown the beef mince, stirring occasionally to gently break it up. Once browned, add to the slow cooker with the onions and mushrooms.
  5. To the slow cooker, add the tinned tomatoes, beef stock, red wine, tomato puree, ketchup, marmite, sugar, Worcester sauce, bay leaf, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
  6. Set the slow cooker to a low heat and cook for as long as possible, stirring occasionally.
  7. About 30 minutes before you're ready to eat, check the consistency in the slow cooker. If too liquidy, take some of the cooking liquor into a ramekin and mix with 2tbsp of cornflour, forming a pasta and stirring back through to the slow cooker pot.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare the spaghetti as per package instructions, aiming for al dente.
  9. Serve the rich ragu over spaghetti, garnished with ample parmesan.

Serving Note: Enjoy this meal with the soulful sounds of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" album.

Spaghetti Bolognese

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