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Oven baked bolognese is by far my favourite way to cook bolognese sauce. It gives the sauce a richer depth of flavour which tastes just amazing! 

I promise you that once you’ve tried our oven baked bolognese sauce, you’ll always do bolognese in the oven.

The sauce is so much richer and flavoursome than when it’s cooked on the hob.

Plus, when I’m busy it just seems a whole lot less fuss and effort to bang the bolognese in the oven rather than simmer and stir on the hob.

And I like faff free dinners – don’t you?

This is such an easy comfort food recipe, just serve with freshly cooked spaghetti and a sprinkling of Parmesan, it’s delicious!

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oven baked bolognese sauce in an enamel pan, stood on a wooden chopping board

Oven Baked Bolognese Sauce Ingredients

Our easy family dinner idea just needs a handful of ingredients

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 large onion – peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic – finely chopped, I often grate garlic cloves, it just seems quicker than chopping.
  • 2 sticks of celery – finely sliced
  • 400g minced beef – choose a low fat packet ideally no more than 5% fat.
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes – if you can find them buy polpa tomatoes for oven baked bolognese rather than simply chopped tomatoes – the polpa have more rich, thick tomato juice and the tomatoes are much finer which give the sauce a great consistency – it’s definitely worth buying them. 
  • 150ml red wine – you can skip this if you prefer, just substitute it with some beef stock.
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves – I grow these as part of my little herb garden.
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper – to season

Equipment Needed To Make This Recipe

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp vegetable knife
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Measuring jug
  • Large saucepan or skillet pan with a lid
  • Wooden spoon (or spoon for cooking)

How To Make Oven Baked Bolognese

oven baked bolognese sauce in an enamel pan, stood on a wooden chopping board

To make our slow cook bolognese in the oven is super easy.

  • Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4
  • In an oven proof casserole pan with a lid – heat a splash of olive oil and gently fry the onions, garlic and celery for around 10 minutes over a low heat until softened.
  • Add the minced beef and fry gently until it browns.
  • Tip in the wine – polpa tomatoes, herbs, sugar and season well with salt and black pepper.
  • Bring the pan of sauce to the boil – and then put on the lid and oven bake for around 1 hour – 1 hour 20 minutes.

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Make Bolognese Sauce Your Way…

  • If you’ve got kids then hiding veggies in bolognese sauce might be your thing – try adding finely chopped mushrooms, peppers or grated carrot to the sauce. 
  • If you want to bulk this dinner up so that it feeds more people or has enough leftovers to serve for another meal then I recommend you add a can of brown lentils, they just disappear into the sauce.
  • Don’t fancy serving with pasta? Then spoon it over creamy mashed potatoes and add a side of broccoli.

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More Easy Family Dinners With Minced Beef

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They’re usually really popular with the kids, good for filling up busy, hungry kids and EASY to make.

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  • Minced beef pie – get the slow cooker to simmer the filling for this tasty family sized pie. Then just add a shop bought pastry crust and finish in the oven. Easy and so delicious.
  • Lancashire potato hash – a traditional northern budget dinner. Flavourful, comfort food – just serve with pickled red cabbage, crusty bread and maybe a squirt of brown sauce. I also like this made with lamb mince and served with mint sauce – just SO good!

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How To Use Up Leftover Bolognese

You could use up your leftover bolognese sauce in our delicious Bolognese Sloppy Joes recipe.

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What Can I Do With Leftover Bolognese Sauce?

We’ve got you covered with this one! There’s lots of things you can make with leftover bolognese!

Our favourite is to turn it into tacos – just bulk it up with a can of beans and then serve wrapped in soft flour fajitas or corn tacos topped with grated cheese, freshly chopped chillies and soured cream dip.

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Oven Baked Bolognese Recipe

Yield: Serves 4

Oven Baked Bolognese Recipe

oven baked bolognese sauce in an enamel pan, stood on a wooden chopping board

Rich, tasty, meaty oven baked bolognese sauce, that's perfect tossed through freshly cooked pasta.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs olive oil 
  • 1 onion - peeled and chopped 
  • 2 cloves garlic - finely chopped 
  • 2 sticks celery - finely sliced 
  • 400g minced beef 
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes 
  • 150ml red wine
  • 2 tsp dried oregano 
  • 1 tsp dried thyme 
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • 1 tsp brown sugar 
  • sea salt and black pepper 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. In an oven proof casserole pan with a lid - heat a splash of olive oil and gently fry the onions, garlic and celery for around 10 minutes over a low heat until softened.
  3. Add the minced beef and brown.
  4. Tip in the wine, polpa tomatoes, herbs, sugar and season well with salt and black pepper.
  5. Bring the pan of sauce to the boil and then put on the lid and oven bake for around 1 hour - 1 hour 20 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 28g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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