Simply scrumptious slow cooked bolognese recipe - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

It’s a crowd pleaser, and for good reason. Everyone has their own version of this easy meal, but here’s one with a few twists. Slow cooking in the oven lets the flavours develop; the balsamic adds some sweetness and the rosemary and chilli give the sauce its zing. This is a great recipe to make on a lazy weekend or when you want to feed a crowd.


  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 500g pork mince
  • ¼ cup of red wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp of balsamic glaze
  • 1 (700g) jar of tomato passata
  • 1 (400g) tin of tomatoes
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 1 small sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 1 dried chilli (optional)
  • Dried pasta (spaghetti or rigatoni)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Parmesan and lemon slices (for serving)


  1. Preheat your oven to 150°C.
  2. In a Dutch oven or a large pot with a lid, gently fry the onion over a low heat until it is transparent. Add the mince and garlic, then turn up the heat to medium and brown.
  3. Add the red wine and cook for a minute or so until it has evaporated.
  4. Add the rosemary, tomato paste, passata, tomatoes, chicken stock and balsamic (and your chilli, if using) and bring to a simmer.
  5. Put the lid on your pot and place it in the oven.
  6. Bake for 1.5 hours.
  7. Remove the pot from the oven and check the sauce. If it’s not thick enough, pop it on the stovetop without the lid over a medium heat until it thickens.
  8. Cook your pasta as per packet instructions and drain. 
  9. In the same pot you cooked the pasta in, melt the butter over a medium-low heat. Add a portion of the pasta, followed by the sauce, then heat through, and remove from heat.
  10. Serve with a sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan and a squeeze of lemon (optional).

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