Irish Mammy’s Spaghetti Bolognese

Firm family favourite in this house. And would you believe, I make 1lb mince go around 6-8 people!

How? I bulk it out with a shed load of veg!

I started cutting vegetables real small and adding them into meals to hide them when my children were little. This way, the mince goes further and the children don’t notice the vegetables in it.

I do this with all dinners that are saucy…its cheeky but it worked.

Now my boys eat all vegetables without issue, thank goodness, and we, as a family, rarely get sick. And I firmly believe that this is down to eating fresh produce and a good variety of healthy food throughout our lives.

So, let’s make it…

The items you need

  • 2 large pans, one with lid
  • Colander
  • Chopping board and sharp knife


  • 3/4 of a 1kg pack of spaghetti
  • 1lb mince
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed
  • Selection of vegetable, chopped. Doesn’t really matter which you use, I often just put in a little of whatever I have in.(Today, I used half of each colour pepper, a chilli, mushrooms, carrot and asparagus)
  • Can of plum or chopped tomatoes
  • Box passata
  • 2 beef oxo
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oregano

How to do it

No need for oil as mince has enough of it’s own fat. So pop it straight in the pan, add a little salt and pepper to taste and cook until its browned all over.

Then add the veg and stir fry for another 2 minutes.

Next add the condiments. Once I’ve added the chopped tomatoes and passata I rinse them with a little water and add it to the sauce. Sometimes I add a drop of red wine too, but that’s completely optional.

Reduce heat and leave to simmer while you cook the pasta. Cook according to pack instructions.

We usually boil the water with a small drop of oil in it (optional) before adding the pasta. We break the spaghetti in half before putting it in the water. It should take about 10-15 minutes to cook. It’s cooked once its reached your desired texture. Some people like it softer then others, etc, so do it how you usually would.

When the pasta is cooked, drain off the water and serve with a dollop of Bolognese sauce on top. We like to put grated cheese on top of ours and we have garlic bread on the side.


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