Spaghetti bolognese

This basic mince sauce can be used in many ways and is perfect for a mid-week meal.

Ready in

1 hour 30 mins

Serving size

Serves 6


  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) sunflower oil
  • 500 g lean beef mince
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk with leaves, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, seeds removed and chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) each dried thyme and mixed herbs
  • 1 x 410 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) chutney
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
  • lemon juice and black pepper to taste
  • 300 g spaghetti


  1. Heat 1 tsp of the oil in a frying pan and fry mince until browned. Spoon out and drain excess fat.
  2. Heat another 1 tsp of the oil in the same pan and fry onion, celery, garlic and green pepper for a few minutes.
  3. Add carrots, herbs, tomatoes, tomato paste, chutney and ½ tsp salt with meat. Reduce heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  4. Season well with lemon juice and pepper.
  5. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add pasta and the remaining ½ tsp salt. Cook until tender and drain well. Stir in the remaining 1 tsp oil.
  6. Serve warm pasta with mince sauce.


  1. To bulk up the mince, add cubes of butternut or brinjal with the carrots or stir in a tin of baked beans in tomato sauce.
  2. Fresh or dried herbs like basil, rosemary and origanum are delicious with mince.
  3. Lasagne: Prepare a white sauce and layer with the mince and lasagne sheets or noodles. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
  4. Curry mince: Add ½ tbsp curry powder and ½ tsp each ground cumin and coriander to the onions.

Spaghetti bolognese video

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Many ways with mince

A basic mince recipe, like this bolognese, is so versatile and can be used in many different ways.

Many ways with mince infographic

Spaghetti bolognese

With just a few basic ingredients you can make a delicious, flavourful batch of mince. Be creative with flavour profiles and add different herbs and spices for a different flavour.

Spaghetti bolognaise

This recipe is from Cooking from the heart, 1st edition

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