3 ways with Bolognaise

How to transform basic Bolognaise into three different meals.
How to transform basic Bolognaise into three different meals. Photo: Danielle Colley

Research suggests (I asked 5 people) that one of the very first things that 80% of people learn to cook is Spaghetti Bolognaise. The other person learnt how to make a stir-fry but that’s another recipe for another day.

Fake stats aside, it would appear no two people make Bolognaise exactly the same way, and how your mother made it may well temper your feelings on Bolognaise for the rest of your life.

You can keep it traditional and use a combination of veal and pork mince, but if your freezer is like mine, beef mince can always be found if you dig in the frozen recesses long enough, which makes Bolognaise a perfect go-to meal. I’ve yet to find a kid who won’t smear Spaghetti Bolognaise all over their face with gusto and increase sales of laundry soaker by at least 40%, making this a clear winner for families, and Napisan alike.

Whip yourself up a double batch while you’re at it and you have enough for a couple of meals for those days when your tank is empty. That’s clever cooking for busy and tired people.

If you’re trying to cut down your carb consumption or you’re just plain sick of doing things the way you’ve always done them, why not mix it up a little and try something new with your Bolognaise? Here are three recipes to inspire the tired Bolognaise lover.

Spaghetti Bolognaise

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If you think your Bolognaise it perfect as it is, you make it just the way you like it, otherwise check out this double batch recipe to get your basic sauce right before we bust out our new fangled takes on the old favorite. Freeze half to play with later.

Spinach, Parmesan and Bolognaise Pinwheel


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Everyone loves a pie, and this filo pinwheel is a hit with the kids and adults alike. We’ve added some spinach for extra hidden vegetables. It looks fancy but it’s as easy as pie to whip together.

Rainbow Vegetable Lasagne with Cheat’s Bechemel 

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This gluten-free, low-carb lasagna is easy to whip together and a great way to get some more vegetables onto your family’s plates. This quick cheat’s cheese sauce will make you never want to do it the old way again!

Danielle is a writer, a mother, a photographer, a lover of great food, and a drinker of much wine. Her third cook book, Cook Once Feed All,  takes the guess work out of feeding your family with recipes that the whole family will enjoy together; from small fries to big mouths. You can find more of Danielle’s fabulous recipes on her blog Keeping Up With The Holsbys, or purchase Cook Once Feed All online now.