Cheat’s quick Bolognese

Cheat's quick Bolognese

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • 5 minutes
  • 25 minutes


  • 2 T Italian extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 500 g free-range beef mince
  • 1 70 g can Woolworths soffritto paste
  • 1 400 g can whole red baby plum tomatoes in tomato juice
  • 1 200 ml jar Woolworths crushed tomatoes with Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 500 g pappardelle pasta, cooked al dente
  • 50 g Grana Padano, grated
  • 70 g Woolworths speck, fried
  • basil pesto, for serving
  • fresh basil leaves, to garnish
  • Italian extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Cooking Instructions

1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and add the onion and garlic. Sauté until translucent and fragrant. Increase the heat and fry the beef mince until golden. Add the soffritto paste and cook for 2 minutes until all the meat is coated.

2. Add the canned tomatoes and half the jar of crushed tomatoes. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 20–25 minutes.

3. Toss the pasta through the sauce, garnish with grated Grana Padano, crispy speck, basil pesto, fresh basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil.

4. Serve with a side salad of ripe, sliced heirloom tomatoes, prosciutto crudo, fresh basil leaves and rocket. Drizzle with Italian extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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Jacqueline Burgess Recipe by: Jacqueline Burgess
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Food stylist Jacqueline Burgess has been working with TASTE for the past six years. She loves coming up with wholesome recipes – whether low and slow or fast 'n fresh.

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