Pip’s favourite spaghetti bolognese recipe


A richly delicious bolognese recipe which is super quick to throw together and tastes amazing every time!

10 mins

3 hours

229 kcals

serves 6



I have posted a lot of bolognese recipes since I started this blog- but I love experimenting to find that magical formula for a really good brew! This is the recipe that I think gives the best all round results every time- it’s certainly not a traditional Italian recipe, but I think that the little twists really work to create a rich and tasty bolognese. I always love a dark looking sauce and this one gives you that too.

For a more traditional and simple recipe have a look at my Italian style bolognese 

Find my other versions here!

Rich spaghetti bolognese

Tasty spaghetti bolognese

Spicy courgetti bolognese

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Pip’s best spaghetti bolognese

  • Author: Pip Payne
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


A rich and delicious bolognese which is super quick to throw together!

Syns: less than 1 per portion


  • 2 onions (peeled and ends removed)
  • 3 sticks celery (end and stringy bits removed)
  • 3 carrots (ends removed and washed)
  • 4 cloves garlic (skins removed)
  • 750 g lean beef mince
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 beef stock cube or stockpot
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar or sweetener
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • fresh parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 120c. Chuck all of the veg into a food processor and blend until chopped small.
  2. Heat a non-stick, large pan (one with a lid) with low calorie cooking spray and throw in the veg. Fry gently, stirring every now and again for about 5 minutes.
  3. Pop your beef mince into the food processor and pulse to chop the meat up a bit more finely
  4. Spray a fryng pan with frylight and fry the beef mince on a high heat until browned, breaking up any clumps.
  5. After the veg have cooked for 5 mins, add the the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, stock cube, soy sauce, sugar/sweetener, oregano and salt and pepper.
  6. Bring up to a fast simmer and add in the mince. Stir well, pop on the lid and place in the oven for about 3 hours. (check after 2 hours to stir)
  7. Serve with spaghetti and loads of parsley sprinkled over the top.


I whizz up the ingredients in the food processor as my kids like it much more without the ‘bits’ in. Of course you can just finely chop the vegetables and add the mince as it is. I have chosen to slow cook this as I think it tastes better, however if you don’t have time, just leave it simmering on the hob, uncovered for about 40 minutes and it should still be delicious.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours

1 thought on “Pip’s favourite spaghetti bolognese recipe”

  1. My go to recipe for spag Bol, my 6month old baby loves it. She clears her plate every time it’s so tasty and easy to make.

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