Treasa’s Classic Spaghetti Bolognaise

spag bol

This is one of my favouite family recipes, and probably the best one my lovely Mom taught me how to make. Spaghetti Bolognaise is a classic recipe, and there are MANY different versions out there. But I love our Kelly family style, so I decided as we move towards colder weather and needing comforting hot dinners for Autumn and Winter, that I would bring it into your life to try too!


Recipe (Serves 6)


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 white onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 medium sized carrots, peeled and sliced into small coins, then halved
  • 2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 300ml of beef stock (using a stock cube) or water
  • Optional: Feel free to add more veggies by adding some chopped celery or mushrooms – I often do!
  • Seasoning: A twist of black pepper & a pinch of sea salt
  • Serve: With spaghetti (or alternative pasta) of choice (we use wholemeal/brown pasta in my house)


  1. Prepare your veggies first by dicing up the onion and carrots, and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a big pot, and then add the onions and garlic, cooking for 3-4 minutes until the onions are translucent.
  3. Next, add the beef mince, and cook until the beef is browned (i.e. fully cooked).
  4. Add the carrots and oregano, and stir to combine everything.
  5. Next add the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree, and mix these into the beef and veg.
  6. Add a twist of black pepper, and then the stock/water.
  7. Bring to the boil, and then turn the heat down to a simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. While the bolognaise is simmering, place a pot of slightly salted water to boil, and cook your spaghetti (or pasta alternative) according to package instructions.
  9. When the spaghetti is ready, turn the heat off your bolognaise, drain the pasta and divide it out into bowls.
  10. Place your pot of bolognaise in the centre of the table, and let everyone tuck in!

Enjoy guys! Tag me if you try this one out – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook!

Ciara 🙂 x

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