Bloody Mary Bolognese

Give spaghetti Bolognese an adult spin with this tasty, filling recipe

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 10 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 725
  • fat 17g
  • saturates 6g
  • carbs 102g
  • sugars 9g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 44g
  • salt 0.71g


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped (if you want less spice just add ½ the chilli)
  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 glass red wine, or equivalent amount of stock
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 500g pack penne pasta
  • grated cheddar, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a pan, then add the onion, garlic, celery and chilli. Cook gently for 5-10 mins until soft.

  2. Up the heat and throw in your beef mince. Cook until just coloured, then add the Worcestershire sauce, red wine or stock and tinned tomatoes. Slowly cook the bolognese for 30 mins-1 hr – depending how much time you have, but longer will taste better.

  3. Boil some water, add in your pasta and cook according to pack instructions. Drain, then throw the pasta into the pan with the sauce and mix it all together. Dish up and serve with lashings of grated cheese over the top. Heaven!

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