Classic Aussie Spaghetti Bolognese: A Hearty Dinner Winner

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This ain’t your Nonna’s spag bol! We’re taking the classic Italian favorite and giving it a delicious Aussie makeover. Packed with fresh, seasonal ingredients and a hint of Down Under spice, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

The beauty of this dish lies in its simplicity. We’ll use readily available ingredients and create a rich, flavorful sauce that coats perfectly cooked spaghetti.

Spaghetti bolognese
Spaghetti bolognese

Ingredients:

500g lean ground beef (or a mix of beef and pork mince)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red capsicum (bell pepper), diced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (400g) can chopped tomatoes
  • 400g diced canned tomatoes
  • 1 cup (250ml) beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 500g dried spaghetti
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve
  • Chopped fresh herbs (basil, parsley, oregano), to serve (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Brown the mince: Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned all over.
    2. Sauté the vegetables: Add the onion, garlic, capsicum, and carrot to the pot and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened.
    3. Simmer the sauce: Stir in the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, canned tomatoes, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, thyme, smoked paprika, and chilli flakes (if using). Season generously with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens.
    4. Cook the spaghetti: While the sauce simmers, cook the spaghetti according to package instructions in a large pot of salted boiling water. Drain and set aside.
    5. Serve it up: Toss the cooked spaghetti with the bolognese sauce in a large serving bowl. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh herbs (optional).

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    This recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Please note that nutrition information can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use. Here’s a general estimate per serving:

    Calories: 650

  • Fat: 30g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 70g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Sodium: 800mg (depending on the added salt)

  • Conclusion:

    This Aussie-inspired bolognese is a hearty and flavorful meal that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner. It’s easy to prepare, budget-friendly, and can be customized to your taste preferences. So ditch the takeaway menus and whip up this delicious dish for your family and friends!

    FAQs:

    1. Can I substitute the ground beef for another type of meat?

    Absolutely! You can use a mix of beef and pork mince, ground lamb, or even turkey mince for a lighter option.

    2. What if I don’t have capsicum (bell pepper)?

    No worries! You can simply leave it out or substitute it with another vegetable of your choice, such as zucchini, mushrooms, or eggplant.

    3. How can I make this recipe vegetarian?

    To make a vegetarian version, simply swap the ground meat for lentils or crumbled tofu. You might also need to adjust the cooking time for the lentils or tofu.

    4. How can I store leftovers?

    Leftover bolognese sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat gently on the stovetop until warmed through.

    5. What can I serve with this dish?