Baked Bolognese and Spaghetti
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Baked Bolognese and Spaghetti

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A firm family favourite, this Bolgonese recipe is baked in the oven and includes half a lemon, which adds piquancy. Try it, it’s delicous. You will never go back to simmering in a pan again. There’s much less mess and a more full-bodied flavour.
<b>Prep:</b> 20 mins Prep: 20 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 2 hours  Cook: 2 hours
Serves 4-6 Serves 4-6
Excellent source of iron Excellent source of iron
Low Sodium Low Sodium
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  • 500g Quality Mark beef mince
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 50g pancetta, finely chopped
  • 2 red onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ lemon (can be removed before serving)
  • 100 ml red wine
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 400g dried spaghetti
  • bunch fresh basil


Preheat oven to 180 °C.

Heat oil in a non-stick frying-pan and fry pancetta, onions and garlic over a moderate heat until they begin to soften. Add the beef mince and cook for 3–5 minutes, stirring frequently to break up any large pieces of mince before adding lemon and wine. Quickly whizz diced and sun-dried tomatoes in a blender before adding them to the mince as well.

Reduce heat slightly and add oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for a further 10 minutes then transfer to a casserole dish. Bake for 90 minutes until sauce caramelises.

To cook pasta, bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Toss in spaghetti. When cooked al dente (firm to the bite), drain into a colander and add a dash of olive oil and roughly chopped fresh basil.

Serve with grated Parmesan and a green salad if desired.

Copyright Notice
An extract from Minced with photography by Alan Gillard. Published by Penguin Group NZ. Copyright © Sue Hamilton and Dana Alexander, 2010. RRP $35.00. Available at all good booksellers nationwide
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Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 342g
Energy kJ (kcal) 1737 (415)
Protein (g) 27.6
Fat (g) 15.1
Saturated (g)
Carbohydrate (g) 37.6
Sugars (g)
Sodium (mg) 138
Iron (mg) 4.0
Zinc (mg) 4.5
Vitamin B12 (ug) 2.3
Vitamin D (ug) NA
Selenium (ug) 13.4

As a good source of selenium, this dish offers a boost for your immunity system as well as contributing to healthy hair and nails.

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Comments & Reviews

There are: 3 reviews, with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5
Love being able to get this off the stove and into the oven !
Lemon a truly delicious addition. Will be cooking this again (Total hit with the family) Thanks guys !
Posted by Vic 2016-05-07 00:18:26
I am just starting on making some dishes for one and will freeze extras to save a lot of small cook ups.
Posted by Gay Morrison 2014-08-18 11:49:27
I made an extreme amount of this dish.....4kgs of mince and of I go. It turned out premo and the flavour is delicious....All the lads I was feeding throughly enjoyed it. Would certainly be making this again...but I seriously need to find a bigger oven dish.
Posted by Jenni Gilroy 2014-08-18 11:49:00




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