Apple’s Non-Traditional Bolognese

butternut-and-bolognese-3-of-4This non-traditional bolognese is the definition of comfort food and can be paired with any base you’d like, from pasta to butternut squash. If you have any left over the next day, I highly recommend serving it atop a baked sweet potato with caramelized onion and cheese to make the ultimate loaded sweet potato. Cozy up with a glass of red wine and enjoy!

If you don’t eat meat, feel free to leave it out! This sauce tastes just as good without it!

Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes


  • 500 g mince beef
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 3 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp cilantro/coriander
  • 3 to 4 bay leaves
  • 1 beef stock cube


  1. Start by finely dicing the vegetables and grating the carrot. Heat up a saucepan with a dash of olive oil on medium heat.
  2. Add the diced onion to the pan and a pinch of salt and cook until transparent. Add in the chopped garlic and continue to cook until fragrant.
  3. Add the rest of the vegetables and allow to sweat, remembering to stir occasionally.
  4. Once the vegetables have softened (about 5 minutes), add the mince beef and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Make sure to break up the beef so that there aren’t any large chunks. Continue to mix with vegetables until beef is cooked through (about 5 minutes).
  5. Pour in both cans of chopped tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients. Stir well until combined. Leave uncovered to simmer for roughly 30 minutes or until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
  6. Serve hot on anything you want and feel free to sprinkle on some cheese!

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