Bolognese beef bake

    1 hour 20 min

    Minced beef and various vegetables baked in the oven with bolognese sauce. Serve with a crisp salad on the side for a complete meal.


    Cumberland, England, UK
    1 person made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 2 red onions, chopped
    • 4 leeks, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 350g mushrooms, chopped
    • 100g broccoli, stems removed and florets chopped
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
    • 2 pinches paprika
    • 2 pinches celery salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground coarse black pepper
    • 1 chicken stock cube
    • 1 (600g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 500g minced beef
    • 300ml semi skimmed milk
    • 1 tablespoon cornflour
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 50g grated mature Cheddar cheese
    • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
    2. Warm a little oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, leeks and garlic and cook and stir for a few minutes until soft. Add mushrooms and cook on low till mushrooms have softened and reduced in size, about 6 to 8 minutes.
    3. Add the broccoli, herbs, spices and stock cube, to vegetables and stir well. Once combined add tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce and simmer.
    4. Brown off the beef in a separate frying pan over a medium-high heat and once browned strain off any excess fat and add the beef to the vegetable mixture. Set aside.
    5. In a saucepan bring the milk to the boil and add cornflour dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water to thicken. Once thick, take of the heat and add the grated Cheddar and stir till Cheddar has melted into the sauce then set to one side.
    6. Place the beef mixture into the base of a casserole dish then pour the cheese sauce on top. Sprinkle over the Parmesan cheese.
    7. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes until piping hot. Remove from the oven, serve and enjoy.


    As an alternative, why not layer cooked sliced potatoes on top of the cheese sauce and bake till crispy.

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