Quick Beef Bolognese

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recipe by Octopus Publishing https://octopusbooks.co.uk/

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based on 3 ratings

Rich, meaty bolognese without the need to simmer for hours on end. Serve stirred through spaghetti with plenty of parmesan.

recipe updated Jun 8, 2020


  • Carrot icon
    1 (50g)
  • Onion icon
    1 (140g)
  • Celery stalk icon
    Celery stalk
    1 (45g)
  • Portobello mushroom icon
    Portobello mushroom
    1 (155g)
  • Water icon
    300ml (300ml)
  • Lemon zest icon
    Lemon zest
    about ½ unit
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    1 tbsp (15ml)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Ground beef icon
    Ground beef
    350g (about 1½ cups)
  • Water icon
    1¼ cups (about 300ml)
  • Salt icon
    as needed
  • Spaghetti icon
    400g (about ½ cup)
  • Tomato sauce icon
    Tomato sauce
    312ml (1¼ cups)
  • Dried oregano icon
    Dried oregano
    about ½ tsp (0g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Parmesan cheese icon
    Parmesan cheese
    4 tsp (12g)


  • kCook icon Large saucepan
  • kCook icon Large serving bowl
  • kCook icon Large saucepan

Step preview

  1. Add olive oil to a clean large saucepan
  2. Heat - medium heat
  3. Add carrot, onion, celery stalk and portobello mushroom to the large saucepan
  4. Cook while stirring occasionally - 3 min, medium heat
  5. Add garlic clove to the sauce
  6. Cook until softened - 3 min, medium heat
  7. Add ground beef to the sauce
  8. Heat - high heat
  9. Cook until browned - 3 min, high heat
  10. Add water and salt to a clean large saucepan
  11. Boil
  12. Add spaghetti to the pasta
  13. Cook until al dente
  14. Add tomato sauce, water, lemon zest and dried oregano to the sauce
  15. Season with salt & pepper
  16. Reduce heat
  17. Cook gently until thickened - 10 min, low heat
  18. Drain pasta
  19. Transfer pasta to large serving bowl
  20. Spoon sauce into large serving bowl
  21. Grate parmesan cheese into the large serving bowl to taste
  22. Serve immediately
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