Beef bolognese recipe

Beef bolognese recipe

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Freezable, Serve Hot


  • 400g Minced beef (hamburger)
  • 1 Medium Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 Medium Orange, red or yellow pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 Medium Carrot (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 1 Small Courgette/zucchini (grated)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 2 cans Plum tomatoes (400g cans)
  • 3 tablespoons Tomato puree/paste
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 2 Sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 cube Beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 pinch Sea Salt
  • 1 pinch Black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1 Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)


  • 1 splash Red Wine


This is a lovely hearty recipe that tastes even better the next day. I usually make this recipe up the day before I need it. The wine in the recipe is optional.


Step 1
Cook all onion, pepper and carrot in 1/2 tablespoon olive oil until the onion is translucent.
Step 2
Add the mince, crumbling it into the vegetable mixture and cooking for about 2-3 minutes.
Step 3
Add remaining ingredients (leaving salt, pepper and parmesan out) and cook in a covered pan for approximately and hour until the mixture has thickened. If the mixture appears too liquidy after and hour, remove the lid and cook for an additional 15 minutes to reduce.
Step 4
Season as needed with salt and pepper and serve with a light dusting of parmesan cheese.