Spaghetti bolognaise

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1 onion

1 clove garlic

1 carrot

1 celery stick

1 x 15ml oil

250g minced beef

400g canned chopped tomatoes

1 x 15ml spoon tomato puree

100ml water

1 x 5ml spoon mixed herbs

Black pepper

150g spaghetti


Weighing scales, chopping board, knife, garlic press, peeler, 2 saucepans, wooden spoon, measuring spoons, measuring jug, colander.


1. Prepare the vegetables:

  • Peel and chop the onion;
  • Peel and crush the garlic;
  • Peel and slice the carrot;
  • Finely slice the celery.

2. Fry the onion, garlic, carrot and celery in the oil.

3. Add the meat and cook until the mince is lightly browned.

4. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, mixed herbs and water and mix all the ingredients together. Then add a few twists of black pepper.

5. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.

6. Meanwhile place the spaghetti in a separate saucepan of boiling water. Cook for 10 - 12 minutes or until the spaghetti is al dente (tender).

7. Drain the boiling water away from the spaghetti into a colander in the sink.

8. To serve pour some of the bolognaise sauce over the spaghetti.

Top tips:

  • Try serving your spaghetti bolognaise with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
  • For a vegetarian option swap the minced beef for veggie mince or lentils.


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