Spaghetti Bolognese for students

  • 30min
  • 4
  • 386 kcal
  • Easy
  • Gluten

Per 360 g contains

386 kcal 1524 kj
8.7 g
2.9 g
15 g
0.5 g

of an adult's recommended intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 423kj/107kcal

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Authored by Peer reviewed by Rose Constantine Smith
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Cooking on a budget

Hearty, filling meals that don't break the bank are welcome recipes for everyone, but they're especially useful for students.

This simple beef ragù will easily feed a hungry crowd - and you really don't need much sauce per serving. To make it go even further, try adding a small handful of lentils, some stock or another tin of tomatoes, and lots of chopped vegetables such as carrots, celery and mushrooms.

A few rashers of chopped streaky bacon fried in with the onions make another tasty addition. And don't use the leanest mince - about 10% fat gives a good balance of fat and flavour. Any leftovers will also freeze well.


For the Bolognese
  • Olive oil
    1 tbsp
  • Onion, large, diced
  • Garlic cloves
  • Beef mince, 10% fat
    500g 17.6oz
  • Dried mixed herbs
    1g 0.03oz
  • Tomato purée
    2 tbsp
  • Chopped tomatoes, tinned
    400g 14.1oz
  • Red wine
    100ml 3.5fl oz
  • Sweet chilli sauce
    2 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper
    1 tsp each
To serve
  • Spaghetti, cooked
    75g per person 2.6oz
  • Parmesan, grated
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Cooking Method

  1. Heat the cooking oil in a deep, lidded frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the onion and garlic until translucent.
  2. Add the mince gradually, not all together, and fry until no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the herbs and tomato purée, and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add the tinned tomatoes, rinsing the can with a few tablespoons of water and add to the sauce. Pour in the red wine and stir in the sweet chilli sauce.
  4. Cover with the lid and cook over a low heat for about an hour, stirring from time to time. Serve with the freshly cooked spaghetti and a sprinkling of Italian hard cheese.

Nutritional Information

Typical Valuesper 100gper 360g serving
107 kcal
423 kj
386 kcal
1524 kj
of which saturates
2.4 g
0.8 g
8.7 g
2.9 g
of which sugars
10 g
4.1 g
37 g
15 g
Fibre1.1 g
3.9 g
Protein9.3 g
34 g
Salt0.1 g
0.5 g

Beef mince

Eating lean beef increases your iron intake and is a great source of rich protein. It also contains vitamin B12 which aids in red blood cell production. 

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