Bolognese is a common household dish and everyone knows how to cook their own simple or fancy version. It is an easy spaghetti bolognese recipe.
Bolognese historically means meat-based sauce, originating from Bologna in Italy. There are many ways to pair the sauce with a variety of pasta but commonly spaghetti or fettuccine is used.
I have been using ready-made pasta sauce from supermarket shelves for a while now so I decided to perfect my Bolognese sauce by making it from scratch.
I am happy I manage to cook one without too many fancy ingredients but still manage to deliver a satisfying meat-based sauce.
It is simple ingredients for easy spaghetti bolognese recipe: beef mince, carrot, mushrooms, onion, garlic, wine, vinegar, tomato paste.
Easy Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe
- 500 g beef mince
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 carrot diced
- 1 cup fresh mushrooms sliced
- 250 g spaghetti
- 1 tomato
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic diced
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1/2 cup parmesan optional
- Make a slit on the tomato and submerge it in hot water, leaving it for 5 minutes. Remove it from the water and feel off the skin. Cut open the tomato, discard the core and roughly chop the flesh.
- Heat the oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, cook onion and garlic and saute till fragrant, then add the carrots and cook until softened.
- Toss in the mushrooms and cook for 1 to 2 mins or till softened.
- Add beef and turn up the heat, stir fry until it is lightly browned and no lumps of meat remain.
- Stir in the balsamic vinegar and red wine, allowing it to bubble and slightly reduced.
- Now add the chopped tomato and the tomato paste. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti till al-dente in a pot of boiling water. Remove a half cup of the pasta water carefully and add to the sauce.
- Cook the sauce for further 10-15 minutes until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat and add a dash of olive oil.
- To serve, drain the spaghetti and using a thong, dish it onto a plate. Top the pasta with ladles of Bolognese sauce.
- If you like, grate some Parmesan cheese on top and serve the pasta hot.