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Joe Wicks’ spaghetti bolognese

Joe Wicks says: 'A simple yet classic bolognese: perfect family food.’ Try it for your next post-workout meal. Great for freezing too.

Serves 8

Prep Time 15 min

Cooking Time 1 hr 50 min


  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 4 smoked back bacon rashers, cut into 1cm strips
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 300–500ml beef stock
  • 700g reduced-fat beef mince
  • 500g turkey mince
  • 300g dry spaghetti
  • 100g rocket and 80g grated parmesan, to serve


  1. Heat 2tbsp of the oil in a very large saucepan over
a medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the onions, carrot, red pepper and celery and fry, stirring occasionally, for about 8 min or until the vegetables have softened a little.
  2. Add the bacon strips, bay leaf, garlic and thyme to the mixture and continue to fry for another 3 min. Squeeze in the tomato purée and mix. Increase the heat to maximum, then fry the whole lot, stirring, for 2 min. Add the tomatoes and 300ml of the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a very low simmer.
  3. Put a large non-stick frying pan on a second hob over the maximum heat, then pour in a drizzle of the remaining oil. Add half the beef mince to the frying pan and don’t touch it – let it fry hard for about 1 min, then spread it out a little across the base of the pan. The idea here is to brown the meat – too much prodding doesn’t help! Tip the browned meat into the gently simmering tomato sauce.
  4. Wipe the beef pan clean, then put it back over a high heat and repeat the process with a little more oil, the rest of the beef mince, then the turkey mince.
  5. Bring the pan of bolognese up to a simmer, partially cover, then cook, stirring now and then, for 1 hr 30 min. Make sure it doesn’t boil dry, adding more stock if needed. When it’s almost ready, cook the spaghetti in unsalted water according to the pack instructions.
  6. Serve the bolognese with the spaghetti, rocket and parmesan.

Nutrition per serving

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482 47.9g 15.2g 5.6g 4.6g 9.6g 1.1g 187mg 36g 3.2mg

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