Friday, 23 September 2011

Baked Spaghetti Bolognese (My Version)

As you know by now that "I love food!", i am constantly trying to make up different things (I dont like regular everyday food) :D. We dont have such thing as spaghetti bolognese in Pakistani cuisine, but i searched on it for a few days, saw some recipes, and sort of twisted them to suit our Pakistani palate. And it turned out super delicious, I can say that for sure because my sister was literally drooling over her plate :D

This recipe serves about 5-6 people.

Chicken Mince/finely chopped : 1 breast piece
Spaghetti : 1 packet
Onion : 1
Garlic : 3-4 cloves
Carrot : 1
Tomato puree : 1 1/2 cup
Tomato ketchup : 4-5 tbsp
Salt : to taste
Red chili flakes : to taste ( i used i heaped tbsp :D )
White pepper : 1/2 tsp
Black pepper : 1/2 tsp
Chinese salt : 1 tsp
Oregano : 1 tsp
Thyme : 1 tsp
Sugar : 2 tbsp
Cheddar cheese

Method :

Finely dice Onions, Carrots and Garlic. Keep aside.

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan, Add onions. Cook for a minutes...

...than add carrots. Cook for 5 minutes more.

Add garlic. Cook till fragrant, a minute more.

...Than add chicken mince. Cook for a minute. Dont worry if it starts sticking to the pan, just keep stirring. Deglaze the pan with a tbsp of vinegar. 

Add salt, red chili flakes, white pepper, black pepper, chinese salt...Mix.

...add tomato puree and tomato ketchup. Cook for a minute.

Add sugar and oregano...

...and 1 1/2 to 2 cup of water. Let cook on medium flame for about 40-45 minutes. The more it cooks, the more delicious it gets.

When thick add thyme. (it can be skipped if you dont have it on hand, but it does give a gorgeous aroma)

Take off heat when it's thick and delicious. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Leave to cool.

Cook Spaghetti according to package instructions.

Drizzle with a little bit of oil...

...I used extra virgin olive oil.

Toss to coat.

Grease a deep oven proof dish.

Add in the Spaghetti

..some grated mozzarella  

...the sauce.. it off with some grated cheddar, sprinkle of black pepper and oregano.

Bake in a preheated oven at 200 C for 20 minutes.



  1. Great recipe, but I would like to add mushrooms to it... Now I don't know much about cooking and stuff, so here's the thing... I got these canned mushrooms but I have no idea if they're cooked/uncooked... so can you tell me when to add the mushrooms in the sauce? And if they need to be cooked or what? And can you also recommend me a certain brand of canned mushrooms for future reference and tell me where I can get them from?
    Lol, sorry for the parade of questions and thanks in advance for the answers!

  2. @AnonymousHey !!
    sure you can add mushrooms, i personally dont like them thats why i dont!
    You can get the canned ones at any good superstore in karachi, try Naheed's near tariq road or Agha's super market in clifton or at Ebco at forum.

  3. Hey thanks... but is there any specific brand or anything?
    and, unrelated to spaghetti, but if i wanna make a mushroom omelet
    then i can use the canned ones in that too, right?

    1. Hey, Sorry for replying late !
      Sure you can add mushrooms in anything you like.

  4. Tomato puree says 1 and a half cup, did use tinned tomato puree?