Thursday, 18 August 2011

Our Gang's Spaghetti Bolognaise

This is one of the kid's most favourite things in the world to eat.  A recipe that "Buddha" insisted on putting on this blog, and also one that I make every week just about but continuously forget to photograph lol.  Finally, at last I remembered to have the camera handy.

I generally make a large batch of this and then freeze the left overs in single serve containers or snap lock bags.  These are great for after soccer lunches on the weekend.  I just pull out the required number of servings the night before then when we get home from soccer on Sunday, I have almost defrosted Spag Bog ready to just be popped into bowls and heated in the microwave.  The kids are happy, and all have a nice warm lunch in their tummies, what could be easier!!!

I remember when I was young and newly married to my first Hubby, Tuesday nights would be our "nightmare night".  He was a Chef and would work till about 8pm that night.  Since he worked alot of nights, having a meal together was precious to us.  I was also working full time at this point and I didn't get home until 6.30pm myself.  Tuesday nights we would alternate between Spag Bog or Tuna Mornay.  Both meals which were quick and easy to prepare.  Back in the "pre child" days though, I used to really spice things up with alot more capsicum and zucchini and then I used to add chilli sauce as well.  It was really yummy!!  Once kids came along we had to tone it down and I am only now starting to spice it up (very very gradually) lol.


1 kg Beef Mince
1 Zucchini, roughly chopped
1 Sweet Potato, roughly chopped
1 Onion, diced
1 Capsicum, diced
Garlic and Mixed Herbs to your liking
1 x 500gram packet of pasta of your choice
2 x 400 gram cans of Chopped Tomatoes (you can use fresh if you like)
1 x Can of Tomato Soup
1 Jar of Tomato Puree or use a jar of Raguletto or Dolmio style of sauce
Worcestershire Sauce to taste
Tomato Sauce to taste

Roughly chop the zucchini and sweet potato.

Place in a bowl, cover with water and cook in microwave until soft.

 Place pasta on to cook.

Fry the onion and capsicum until softened.
Add the herbs and garlic to your liking.

Add the Beef Mince, cooking until lightly browned/cooked through.

Add in the jar of tomato puree, the tomato soup and the chopped tomatoes.
Add in the Worcestershire Sauce and Tomato Sauce (I like to use the last bits of my tomato sauce bottles mixed with a little water to get it all out)
At this point I add in my pureed zucchini and sweet potato mix and stir through.

When the meat sauce is cooked, drain the pasta and add to the sauce.

So easy and so yummy.


  1. Sounds good Colleen! I will add this one to my collection.

    I do a real simple version of spag bog. Mince, onion, big tin tomato juice herbs and dry spaghetti. (this is my mums recipe)

    I posted it on my blog back in 2008 if you want to take a look here is the link:

    Have a great day!


  2. Spag Bol is a regular in this house as well and Miss Two's all-time favourite dinner. I also think it's a great one to hide the veggies in. I usually grate carrot and zucchini into it and add mushrooms - she loves these so don't have to 'hide' them. Tuna mornay is also on high rotation.

  3. Yep I think the old Spag Bog is a favourite with most kids,,,,,although having said that my son Smiley has a friend that hates pasta. Lol with the older boys it used to be a running joke when they had friends over that we would have either lasagne or spag bog all the time, it was so true! I used to make it because it is so easy to stretch out further and I always make enough for leftovers anyway, sadly I can't do that when Smiley's friend comes, it has to be meat and veg or he won't eat it!
    I am going to try out your mum's version next week Tania, it reminds me of my mum's old recipe so I am looking forward to it!!


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