This is your normal bolognese mince, but with a gourmet hearty twist. Don’t let the word g.o.u.r.m.e.t put you off – give it a try, it is not difficult and I think you will welcome the flavour burst you create through using these added ingredients.


  • 500g Beef mince
  • Pasta, shell shaped
  • Olive oil, 2 TBLS
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 500ml red wine
  • 1 tin chopped tomato
  • Tomato paste
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Mixed herbs
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup basil
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • Parmesan cheese


Put a pot of water on to boil, add a pinch of salt and  once the water is starting to boil add in your pasta (use any pasta you want Рpreferably for change, use the shell pasta.) Allow the pasta to boil until soft in texture, about 10 minutes. When you are satisfied with the texture then pour the pasta into a colander, removing the starchy water. Rinse the pasta with fresh water to ensure any excess starch is removed.

Heat 2x tablespoon olive oil in your pan. Take 1 pound of ground sirloin, and put that into the pan. Mince 4 cloves of garlic, and add that into the pan with some mixed herbs and some chilli flakes. Pour in about 300ml of red wine and allow that mixture to simmer and cook through. Pour 128g chopped tinned tomatoes in. To get a little more intensity, add in 2 tablespoons of tomato paste. Season along the way with some salt and pepper. Cook this for about 10 minutes, bringing it to a boil and allowing it to simmer. Add a few more things to the mixture – 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, 1/4 cup of fresh chopped basil, 1/4 cup of cream to give it a little richness, and 1/4 cup of red wine (optional).

Pour the pasta into a big bowl/dish. Proceed to pour the bolognese sauce into the same bowl/dish as the pasta. Place 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (or as much as you like) on top. Place some basil on top. Give it a big toss together.

Bon Apateit!!!!




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Written by Stephanie Lisa Joyce

Hello, I am Steph, and I am the owner of The Rolling Pin, a food blog which is designed to inspire YOU to either keep getting creative in the kitchen or to help you to start getting creative in the kitchen.