Spaghetti Bolognese With Red Wine

"This is an adaptation of a recipe by Ainsley Harriott. My husband usually doesn't like pasta but he finishes this before me and asks for more! It is slightly decadent in that it uses a bottle of red wine but is very good!"
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  • Place the minced meat, red wine, mixed herbs and salt and pepper in a bowl.
  • Stir well.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight or all day.
  • Heat oil in pan.
  • Stir fry onion and garlic until soft.
  • Add red wine mixture, tomato paste, canned tomatoes, sweet chili sauce and chili flakes.
  • Bring to the boil then simmer uncovered for 45 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated and the mixture resembles traditional bolognese consistency.
  • (it will be much darker colour than usual).
  • Cook the spaghetti as mentioned on the packet.
  • At the last minute, stir the chopped parsley through the sauce.
  • Add sauce to the drained spaghetti and top with grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve with a nice glass of red.

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  1. Sorry about the rating barb I would like you to check my About Me page to see how I rate recipes :-) I have this recipe by Ainsley, and have often planned to make it, and did so tonight. I marinated the meat last night (maybe too long I think) and cooked this tonight. Russell actually enjoyed this a lot more than I did. I thought the meat tasted just like boiled red wine, with no real other flavours except the chilli. Although we ate it, I wouldn't make it again as I think it (the addition of red wine) made a relatively cheap meal relatively expensive and the flavour didn't live up to that. On a positive note, it was very easy to make.


Hi all. Currently live in Adelaide, Australia. Have 2 beautiful teenage daughters who also love cooking and trying new recipes. I absolutely love chilli - even have it on poached eggs for breakfast!! I collect cookbooks - not that I need them now I have found this website!! I do like to sit with a glass of wine and skim through looking at recipes. Ainsley Harriot is a favourite - his spaghetti with red wine bolognaise sauce is heavenly!! I have a collection of recipes dating back to the 1970's (started collecting them when I was 14) - my children keep saying they want it when I die!!(no intention of going anywhere yet!). I am now doing up 2 books for the kids with my best recipes to give them when they leave home to stop any arguments.
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