The Perfect Bolognese

Time: 1hr 30 mins

Difficulty: medium

Portions: 7


Originating from the Italian dish ragú, bolognese is always a favourite. It can be used simply with spaghetti or you can be more inventive with it. Weather you’re having a family meal, on a date or just on your own in front of the TV this bolognese will be perfect. With this recipe, you can make the perfect bolognese that not only is delicious, but is very economical when made in a big batch allowing it to be stored in the freezer for weeks.



  • 1kg of beef mince (no more than 20% fat)
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 10 leaves of chopped fresh basil (2tbsp of oregano can be used instead)
  • 2 large white onions
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic



  1. With this dish prep is less important as you can do it whilst cooking. So, wash you’re hands and get out your ingredients.
  2. To start with, put a large saucepan on a high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil.
  3. Chop your basil and throw in half of it, leave the other half to one side for now,
  4. As soon as you’ve added your basil, add all 1kg of your mince meat and chop it up with a wooden spoon and mix it around whilst giving it a generous seasoning of salt and pepper.
  5. Continuing to stir every minute or so, let it cook until it starts to turn 75% brown and then dice your onions and garlic into very small chunks and throw it in with the mince.
  6. Next, turn the heat down a little bit to medium/high heat and let it continue to cook for another 10 mins, stirring every 2 mins.
  7. Now you can add your tomato puree and you’re two tins of chopped tomatoes and mix it all together and season again with salt, pepper and the basil you put aside earlier.
  8. Using one of your tins, add a tin full of water to the saucepan and then stir in well. Let this cook for about 1hr on a medium heat stirring every 5-10 mins.
  9. Over time your sauce should reduce to form a beautiful thick bolognese, give it a taste to see how it is developing!
  10. You can continue to let your sauce gently bubble away for as long as you want, its only going to get better.
  11. Once you are ready to eat, if serving with spaghetti, serve with a coating of parmesan and enjoy your meal.
  12. As for the rest, you can wait until it is cooled to room temp and then put it in the freezer in freeze bags or tubs to be eaten at a later date.


Price List:


What will this cost you? Lets take a look:

  • 1kg of 10-20% fat beef mince – £5.00
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes – £0.70
  • Tube of tomato puree – £0.50
  • 1 garlic bulb – £0.30
  • 3 brown onions – £0.65
  • Packet of fresh basil – £0.70

Total estimated cost – £7.85

Estimated price per portion – £1.13




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