5 from 1 vote
A simple recipe for a classic - spaghetti bolognese, and a fantastic way to sneak veges into dinner!
Super Simple Spaghetti Bolognese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

An easy recipe for a classic - simple spaghetti bolognese, and it's a fantastic way to sneak veges into dinner! This quick weeknight dinner is a family favourite and is kid friendly! Made with ground beef/mince and only a few other pantry staples, it will become part of your regular rotation!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: New Zealand
Keyword: beef recipe, easy dinner, family friendly, weeknight meal
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 592 kcal
Author: Laura
  • 500 grams beef mince
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup grated carrot/zucchini (optional)
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 TBSP worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 TBSP fresh herbs (parsley/oregano/rosemary/basil) or 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1/4 tsp salt (start with this and add more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (start with this and add more to taste)
  • 250 g dried pasta
  • Grated cheese to serve
  1. Finely chop the onion and crush the garlic.
  2. Heat 1 TBSP of oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the onion & garlic and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the mince and cook until brown (5-10 minutes). Add the vegetables if using and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Add the beef stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, Worchestershire sauce & sugar and combine. Simmer over a low heat for 15-20 minutes until the bolognese has thickened. About halfway through this cooking time give it a taste test and starting with about 1/4 tsp of salt, add salt until it is to your taste. Also add the chopped fresh or dried herbs.
  5. While bolognese is simmering, cook the spaghetti according to the package directions and grate some cheese.
  6. Drain the spaghetti, dish into bowls and top with the bolognese and grated cheese.
  7. Serve immediately.
  8. Store any leftovers in the fridge in a sealed container for 3 days or freeze portions.
Nutrition Facts
Super Simple Spaghetti Bolognese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 592 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 420mg18%
Potassium 794mg23%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 5490IU110%
Vitamin C 5.9mg7%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 4.3mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.