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Big Flavour Spaghetti Bolognese

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Italian | 0 comments

Spaghetti Bolognese. One of the first Italian dishes that I learned and a definite favourite. But there is nothing worse than such a delicious dish being ruined by lack of flavour, or lack of balance in the flavours.

This is my recipe for guaranteed strong, bold flavours each and every time.


  • 2 x medium sized white onions
  • 6 shallots
  • 4-5 cloves garlic (depending on how much you like garlic!)
  • fresh basil
  • Italian herb seasoning (minimum of Basil and Oregano, others add to flavour)
  • tinned tomatoes
  • tomato puree
  • pinch of salt & pepper
  • carrots (optional on preference)
  • decent quality red wine
  • good quality lean mince
  • bacon

Follow my steps below to cook the best tasting bolognese you will ever try. I’ve included photos (taken on a lowly iPhone) of most of the steps to help guide you.

Let’s get started…


Starting off big flavour spag bol!



1. Chop the onions, shallots, garlic and basil stalks from the fresh basil. Just use the stalks for now, keep the basil leaves for later


Chopped onions and garlic. The shallots will make you cry!


2. Add to large frying pan / wok with some good quality extra virgin olive oil


Softening the vegetables


3. Fry until soft on low heat

4. Meanwhile, start to prepare the sauce


Sauce ingredients


5. I use a mixture of plum tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and red wine. I use both tins of tomatoes, about 1/4 of the tube of tomato puree and a large glass of red wine for the big, bold flavours this will deliver

6. Add together in a bowl. Include the Italian herb seasoning, salt and pepper. Add in the basil leaves from earlier

Bolognese sauce

Bolognese sauce


7. By preparing the sauce in a separate bowl, you get excellent consistency and can star in when complete

8. Bring all of the ingredients together and lightly whisk/stir. The end result should look like this:

Delicious and tasty bolognese sauce

Delicious and tasty bolognese sauce


9. Now lets bring in the meat. Add the mince and the bacon onto the soft onions and garlic. Brown lightly until cooked

Add the mince and bacon to onions and garlic

Add the mince and bacon to onions and garlic


10. When the mince and bacon is brown and cooked, stir in the sauce all in one go

Adding the bolognese sauce to the meat

Adding the bolognese sauce to the meat


11. Look at those delicious basil leaves!

12. Cook on a low heat for around 90 minutes. Add water if you need to keep the sauce liquid

The bolognese taking shape

The bolognese taking shape


13. Stir regularly as it cooks. I recommend every 15-20 minutes

14. After 90 minutes, check for flavour and serve with your pasta of choice. Add strong cheddar or Parmesan as desired.

15. The end result :)

Delicious big flavour spaghetti bolognese

Delicious big flavour spaghetti bolognese


I hope you enjoy my big flavour bolognese


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Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry and Blackberry smoothie

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Drinks | 0 comments

This drink is a delicious and healthy smoothy for Monday to Thursday. On a Friday night, simply add a generous amount of vodka to the ingredients and blend.

  • 1 x fresh strawberries
  • 1 x fresh rasberries
  • 1 x fresh blueberries
  • 2 x fresh blackberries
  • half a cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, milk, ice, sugar

  1. Remove the stems from the strawberries
  2. Wash all of the fruit and drain
  3. Place in the blender. Add half a tray of ice / a small glass if you have an ice maker
  4. Add the milk
  5. Blend until smooth
  6. Taste and add approx 1 spoonful of sugar depending on your taste
  7. Optional: add Vodka
  8. Drink and enjoy!

Ready to blend


Blend away




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