Spaghetti bolognese

By admin
09 February 2010

Most kids love this dish. Our sauce is made with plenty of vegetables to make it extra ­nutritious and it can be made

in ­advance and frozen.

Makes 16 servings 

Preparation time: 20 min

Cooking time: 2 hours

Cost: R10,18 a serving

Packaging: plastic containers


125 ml (½ c) oil

4 onions, peeled and chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 green peppers, trimmed and chopped (optional)

1 small bunch celery, chopped

1,5 kg lean beef mince

3 cans (400 g each) tomatoes or

1,2 kg fresh plum tomatoes, skinned

1 packet (300 g) spinach, trimmed and finely chopped

4 sachets (60 g each) tomato paste

30 ml (2 T) chopped basil

5 ml (1 t) chopped fresh rosemary

5 ml (1 t) chopped fresh marjoram or oregano

15-30 ml (1-2 T) sugar

salt and freshly ground black pepper

375 ml (1½ c) vegetable stock or red wine

1-2 packets (500 g each) spaghetti, cooked according to the packet instructions


Heat the oil and stir-fry the  onions, garlic, green peppers (if using) and celery in a fairly large pan or saucepan until soft. Add the mince and stir-fry until done but not brown (use a fork to break up lumps).

Add the ­remaining ingredients (except the spaghetti), bring to the boil and simmer for about 2 hours or until thick and fragrant.

Serve with the cooked ­spaghetti.

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