Sneaky spaghetti bolognese

serves 6-8 mains
difficulty easy
prep time 10mins (approx.)
total time 1hr (approx.)
main ingredient(s) beef, pork, Tomatoes, thyme, zucchini, pasta

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My kids love the sauce with macaroni but you can go traditional and use spaghetti or whatever other pasta you like.

This recipe makes a large batch because I’m a firm believer in having some in the freezer for ‘one of those days’!


250 grams Italian-style pork sausage
120 ml extra virgin olive oil
250 grams beef mince
1 large brown onion, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely diced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
3 celery stalks, finely diced
2 medium carrots, finely diced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
salt and pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
800 grams tomato passata
400 grams tinned crushed tomatoes
3 medium zucchini, diced
200 ml water
100 grams pasta per person
grated parmesan, to serve


Remove the sausage meat from the sausage skin and discard the skin.

Using a large, wide pan, heat half the oil and sauté the mince and the sausage meat until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.

In the same pan, heat the rest of the oil and add the onion, garlic and oregano. Cook for 3 minutes, then add the celery and carrot. Cook over a medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft and golden.

Put the meats back in the pan along with the tomato paste. Season and add the sugar, tomato passata, crushed tomatoes, zucchini and the water.

Bring to a simmer, then cook for 40 minutes over low-medium heat.

Cook your favourite pasta according to packet instructions and stir it through the bolognese sauce. Top it off with grated parmesan cheese.

Comments & Reviews7

Karen Martini's picture
Aug 3, 2011

This is the one I am making on the Morning Show (Friday 5th August). Enjoy.

hay's picture
Aug 5, 2011

cooking is not my strong point but am willing to give anything a go to get my children to eat vegies. but what is tomato passata? and can this recipe be cooked without it? thank you

Helen's picture
Aug 5, 2011

You will find tomato passata in the same isle at the supermarket that has pasta, pasta sauces etc. It's in a taller jar and looks just like pureed tomato in a jar. I definitely wouldn't leave it out. I hope this helps.
I saw Karen making it on the morning show this morning and it looked wonderful. What a great way to get everyone to eat some vegetables.

lea's picture
Aug 9, 2011

tonight i am going to attempt the sneaky spaghetti my hubby is the cook in the house so this will be interesting will let you know the feed back i get

Katie-Jane's picture
Aug 9, 2011

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Kris's picture
May 8, 2013

I'm planning to use this recipe for your lasagne - will it make the required 2 litres or should I double it? I'm thinking it should be enough, but don't want to end up caught short!

hemmy's picture
May 12, 2014

Hello guys, I am wanting to make this recipe, but it is for a school assignment, and I only have 70 minutes, do you know if I will be able to make it in that time, or possibly a bit quicker?

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