{Midweek Meal} Spaghetti & Red Wine Bolognese Sauce

11 July 2012

Spaghetti bolognese, affectionately known as spag bols, an eternal favourite. Here’s an easy midweek meal way to give it a slight gourmet upgrade. Depending on how your week is going, you ca enjoy the rest of wine with dinner, or save it for Friday night^^

Ingredients (serves 3-4)

  • vegetable oil
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • one packet of beef mince (ca. 400g)
  • 1 large glass red wine
  • half a dozen medium sized mushrooms
  • 1 tin/ packet passata or chopped tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 handful fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • parmesan to serve (optional)

Plus enough spaghetti for three to four people (we usually go with 100g per adult), and I use gluten free spaghetti.


  • Fry the crushed garlic in a pan with the vegetable oil for a couple of minutes over a medium heat – careful not to let it burn!
  • Add the mince and fry until starting to brown all over.
  • Pour in the red wine and leave to cook until all the wine has boiled down.
  • Add the mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes until they start to shrink.
  • Stir in the passata/ tinned tomatoes and basil, season with salt and pepper, and cook through for 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve on a bed of spaghetti and top generously with finely grated parmesan.

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