Yoo hoo,

This easy and delicious recipe I learnt from my Kiwi mum – an English woman, who has loved, taught and supported me still all the way through since I was only 15. I still remember the first time she showed me step by step, and it was on hot summer day, and  I insisted to have Spaghetti Bolognese made with our authentic NZ beef 🙂 . Welcome to my world, my inner peace, my most beautiful memory puzzle piece of childhood in New Zealand !!!!!



–         500gr thin pasta ( no4 or no1 spaghetti. Optional: Fusilli, Fettuccine, Linguine, short macaroni, Penne, rotini)

–         2 gloves of garlic, crushed

–         Grated or flaked parmesan cheese, or just any kind of cheese you prefer ( Cheddar, etc…)

–         500gr beef mince ( or turkey mince, chicken mince)

–         Half a can of tomato paste

–         1 tomato, finely chopped

–         Dried Italian mixed herds

–         Parsley for garnish

–         Optional: Carrot, celery

–         1 cup of red wine ( any kind would do, do not worry too much about this, because different kind of Red Wine will bring different flavor) If you just want authentic tomato taste, do not put red wine in


–         Cook pasta in a large pan on stove or in microwave with boiled salted water


–         Drain through cold water. Leave to rest

–         Marinate mince with garlic, dried herbs, 3 table spoon of salt and 1 table spoon of sugar


–         In another large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat.

–         Saute Tomato (together with Celery/carrot if you use these), add half a table spoon of sugar


–         Add beef mince and tomato paste, stir well until it turns brown


–         Add water / red wine and simmer to desire thick

–         Taste it all again. Add more sugar or salt if necessary

–         Serve hot with pasta, finish with cheese and garnish with parsley on top

You can store leftover Paste sauce for another 2 or 3 days in the fridge. Reuse it with other type of pasta, or just on top of a Pizza base to make a quick Pizza for brunch/supper. You can also replace meat with mushroom for a Vege version, or seafood 🙂


Bon Appétit!

Erin M. ❤