Simply Delicious Spaghetti Bolognese

This recipe is adapted from my 1993 edition of Simply Delicious (Colour Library Books).  It is the best Spaghetti Bolognese recipe I have ever tasted as it has a subtle sweetness from both the carrots and the sherry and a very deep tomato flavour.  My children absolutely love this dish and for a special treat I serve it with some garlic bread as well as a hearty mixed salad.  This dish is ideal for doubling up and freezing half for another time.

As this recipe is so simple I have dispensed with the usual pan shots! (Phew, I hear you cry).

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Simply Delicious Spaghetti Bolognese
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A very rich and delicious Spaghetti Bolognese with a subtle sweetness provided by the carrots and sherry.
Serves: 4
  • 300g / 10oz Spaghetti
  • 30g / 1oz Butter
  • 15ml / 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Onions, peeled and chopped finely
  • 450g / 1lb Minced beef
  • 1 Carrot, peeled and chopped finely
  • 115g / 4 oz Can tomato purée
  • 400g / 14 oz Tin chopped tomatoes
  • 300ml / ½ pt Beef stock
  • 30 ml / 2 tbsp Sherry
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  1. Heat the butter and oil in a pan and sweat the onions and carrot until soft (about 10 minutes).
  2. Increase the heat and add the minced beef.
  3. Fry for a few minutes, then stir, cooking until meat is browned all over.
  4. Add the tomato purée, tinned tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste, and the stock.
  5. Simmer gently for about ¾ hr, until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add 2 tbsp sherry and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, place the spaghetti in lots of boiling salted water and cook according to their instructions.
  8. Drain.
  9. Serve with Bolognese sauce on top and sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

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  1. Lisa Williams

    Yum perfect winter comfort food 🙂

  2. Anthony Webster

    Always a family fave

  3. handbar

    Next time I make Spaghetti Bolognese I will adjust my recipe to yours for a change. It sounds really nice and tasty.

    1. Camilla

      I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  4. Maya Russell

    I wouldn’t have thought of putting sherry in but will try it.

    1. Camilla

      Yes do, it really makes it fab:-)

  5. Ursula Hunt

    I also add carrots to my spag bol, nobody else I know does but I am glad you do too

    1. Camilla

      I thought lots of people added carrots, my mum always did, I think she might even have added a dash of Marmite!

  6. Geoffrey Clark

    spagbol is a fav

  7. Kaci Soderstrom

    This is a lot how I make spaghetti bolognese, only minus the alcohol and a few other ingredients chucked in. Very nice!

  8. kim neville

    Sounds nice. I am defo going to try this recipe and maybe my fussy son will like it too 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Great, it’s a firm favourite here and the sherry makes all the difference:-)

  9. Paul Wilson

    Can’t beat a nice bolognese.

  10. Abigail Cullen

    This recipe is one of my firm favourites, love the idea of adding sherry to the dish for that extra kick. Smashing!

    1. Camilla

      It really does make all the difference:-)

  11. Susan Joyce Rogers

    Maybe a oldie but spag bol is a firm family favourite in our house,neverused sherry in it though!

    1. Camilla

      I’m makin this for my daughter today as it’s her birthday and it’s her favourite meal;-)

  12. gouldie7

    Carrot! I’ll have to try that in my chilli!

    1. Camilla

      Really, let me know if that goes:-)

  13. Maddy

    I love how this recipe can be adapted and added to. Reckon I never make exactly the same spag bol twice!

  14. Carolin

    Hmmmmm, I could have that right now 🙂

  15. Carolyn Clapham

    Mmmm, that sounds delicious!

  16. Paul Wilson

    Does look super tasty.

  17. Bev

    Looks delicious – your photos always make me drool!

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you, that’s an early one which wasn’t that great!

  18. Heather Haigh

    I love the fact that you do a mix of inventive recipes and classics – very useful when I’m trying to work out what to make for tea and great fun when I want to try something new. Thanks!

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, thank you so much, that’s so lovely to hear:-)

  19. Lisa Williams

    I love spag bol 🙂 I love to add in loads of veg, but I have to admit I use pasta like fusilli rather than spaghetti as I get in such a mess !

  20. prwilson

    Much better to make a recipe like this rather than buy a jar of something.

  21. Maya Russell

    Wonderfully simple. Thanks

  22. Annie Costa

    Looks absolutely delish!Will deffo try this!

  23. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Spag. Bol with Sherry…..well,who knew? I loved Spaghetti Bolognese when I was growing up and would probably have it for dinner once a week. It was a firm family favourite and understand why it would go down so well with your children. PS What’s wrong with your photos? They look good to me!

    1. Camilla

      Hi Jacqueline, thank you for visiting my fledgling blog. In the mad rush of life it means a lot when someone takes the time to stop and say something nice. My kids would probably eat Spag Bol and Cheesy Tuna Pasta every other night if they had their way. Regarding the photos I am wary of not over egging the cake so to speak. So after looking at all the pan shots I decided that none of them were necessary unlike for example a cake recipe where you need to show the consistency which is useful!

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