Spaghetti Bolognese – Cooking with Kids

  • Author: Ciara Attwell
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian


An easy but super delicious recipe for spaghetti bolognese, packed with lots of vegetables and a great dish to get kids in the kitchen cooking.


  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 75g smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic, crushed
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 celery, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml beef stock
  • 100ml red wine (or more stock)
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp dried oregano


  • Add the oil and bacon to a large frying pan and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery and red pepper and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes until the veggies start to soften.
  • Add the mince and use a wooden spoon to break it up in the pan, frying until it has all browned.
  • Add the tinned tomatoes, beef stock, wine, tomato puree and oregano and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce to a high simmer and cook for 30 minutes until the vegetables are cooked and soft.
  • Serve with spaghetti and top with some grated cheese.


Leftovers can be cooled and kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. They can also be frozen and defrosted in the fridge overnight.