Surprise Bolognese

You wont believe what I, or what my mum years ago, put in that makes this bolognese take on a whole new form. And you cook it differently too, adding the pasta in with the sauce and letting it cook for a bit too. Like I mention a lot of times, I’m actually a vegetarian, but I like to cook for my dad and this one doesn’t seem to fail. So the secret ingredient is baked beans, it sounds fine doesn’t it? It makes sense, and I remember in  my meat-eating days how nice it was. Here’s how you do it.


800g beef mince

-1 onion, 1 carrot and 2 cloves of garlic all chopped.

-1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

-1 x 410g tin of baked beans

-Some tomato puree

-Any thing that makes your spag bol special, I think lea and perrins, mustard and oxo cubes all work well.

-200g dried pasta, then cooked. Any shape or form that you like.


-Fry and sauté the chopped onion, carrot and garlic to some oil in a big saucepan and cook for 5-10 mins until brown.

-Add the mince and cook in the pan until the meat has turned brown.

-Add chopped tomatoes, any flavourings that you like and finally the baked beans.

-Leave to simmer for about 5 minutes, then add the pasta. Stir really thoroughly until you can see that all the pasta has accessed the sauce. Add a bit of hot water if it is looking dry.

-Leave to cook for about 20 minutes covered.

-What makes it nicer is if you top it with some tears of bread and grated cheese and bake uncovered in the oven for 2o minutes.


Filed under Italian, Meat, Rice and Pasta

3 responses to “Surprise Bolognese

  1. This is definitely new to me! Bakes beans in bolognese? I definitely need to try it out because I’m so intrigued! And it looks absolutely amazing!

  2. This looks yummy….you have a lovely blog…I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that

  3. Dad

    It is delicious, Jess! You should get back into meat-eating and enjoy it yourself!

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