Easy Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

January 31, 2011

easy spaghetti bolognese recipe

This recipe is in the “absolute cheating” category. Thought I would say that right up. I wish I had time to make bolognese sauce from scratch. You know: picture me with a cute apron and a wooden spoon smelling the aromas of my hours spent in the kitchen — maybe with a little sauce on the right hand corner of my mouth.  Cooking for 6 every night has taken some (a lot) of the romance out of cooking for me but I do like to reinvent recipes so they are REALLY easy and REALLY cheap.  Here’s my spaghetti bolognese recipe or “spag bog” as we call it in our family.  It’s simple, easy and cheap, yet still yummy and the kids love it.


1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic (minced)

1 onion (diced)

1 tablespoon coriander or oregano (dried)

1 tablespoon tomato paste

500 grams lean mince

1 can (425 grams) condensed tomato soup

Water (as required)

Spaghetti (cooked as per packet instructions)

Cream cheese, Parmesan cheese & Parsley for garnish (optional)


1. Heat oil in saucepan.

2. Add onion and cook for 1 min.

3. Add garlic and cook for 1 min.

4. Add mince and brown.

5. Add tomato paste and coriander and cook for 1 min.

6. Add condensed soup and simmer for 10 minutes. Add water if required.

7. Place cooked spaghetti in the bottom of a bowl.  Add bolognese sauce to top. Garnish with a dollop of cream cheese and a sprig of parsley.

8. Serve with salad or vegetables.

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The bolognese sauce is rich so only a little mince is require and it holds nicely to the pasta. If you have an easy spaghetti bolognese recipe variation, leave it in the comments below. I’d love to try it!

Other Be A Fun Mum Easy Dinners

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Savoury Mince

Finger Food Night

Hawaiian Ham Steaks

My Magic Quiche Recipe

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BookChookNo Gravatar January 31, 2011 at 7:59 am

I add grated carrot and grated zucchini (habit left over from the days of hiding vegetables!), substitute oregano, marjoram and basil from garden instead of coriander, and tin of crushed tomatoes rather than condensed soup. And my garnish is grated parmesan. Yum!


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar January 31, 2011 at 9:32 am

@BookChook, I sometimes grate carrot in there too. And it bulks it up so it goes further. LOVE parmesan cheese <3


ErinNo Gravatar February 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I do this, too, with crushed tomatoes and grated veggies (carrot, zucchini, mushrooms usually). A good way to get some veggies into my fussy girls. Only problem is now they both refuse to eat meat! Hopefully just a fussy stage….


CraftyMummyNo Gravatar January 31, 2011 at 10:05 am

This is so like my recipe – that I learnt from Mum of course! I use mixed dried herbs, and add grated carrot and chopped mushrooms or a small tin of campignons, sliced.


Kelly BNo Gravatar January 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm

@CraftyMummy, Oh, yes… a few sliced mushrooms never go astray. YUM! Thanks for sharing!


KatherineNo Gravatar January 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm

We are having spag bowl here tonight! mmm! One of my favourites – this recipe seems to be a lot like my mama’s! deeeelish.

K xox


Kelly BNo Gravatar January 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm

@Katherine, One of my favs too! YUM YUM! Enjoy!


KristyNo Gravatar August 30, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Very nice recipe indeed.
Here’s one you might like to have a go at also :)



WandaNo Gravatar November 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Nice recipe you have. Just looking at it, it looks delicious already. I really love spaghetti since i was a kid. It’s still my favorite until now. I will try your recipe this coming christmas.


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