Best ever Bolognese

BologneseHere’s my take on the family favourite. Cooking is one of my passions, and I really love to chop and change recipes to make them more exciting. So, wooden spoon and sharp knives at the ready!


  • 500g lean mince (preferably less than 5% fat)
  • 200g dry spaghetti (plus enough boiling water to cover)
  • 8 mushrooms
  • A few bay leaves to garnish
  • Some parmesan to garnish
  • A handful of baby plum tomatoes
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1-2 sprays of Frylight (1 calorie cooking spray)
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worchester sauce
  • 1/2 tsp creole spices mix
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic butter
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp passata
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno relish
  • Salt and pepper to season


  1. Chop up the vegetables and squish the garlic with the side of a knife (releases flavour better than when chopped)
  2. Spray a pan over medium heat with the frylight
  3. Add the pasta to a pot, pour over boiling water and cook on a medium heat
  4. Add the veg (not the large tomato) to the pan and fry off until lightly golden
  5. Add 1tsp oregano, basil and 1/2tsp paprika, creole spice mix to the veg
  6. Crumble the mince into the pan and cook until brown
  7. Season the mixture
  8. Add the balsamic vinegar, oyster sauce, Worchester sauce, olive oil, cottage cheese, and garlic butter, cook for two minutes
  9. Pour in the passata, ketchup, jalapeno relish and the remaining oregano and basil.
  10. Once everything is combined, take the meat mixture off the heat and drain the pasta
  11. Divide the pasta into two bowls, then divide the meat mixture into two servings
  12. Sprinkle some parmesan over the bolognese, and garnish with a bay leaf
  13. Enjoy the best bolognese you will ever have 😉

DSCN3599Well there you have it! A sweet and slightly spicy Bolognese that’s bursting with flavour. I’d love to hear your modern take on recipes. Let me how you like to make it in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter 😀



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