BBQ Beef Pasta Sauce

BBQ Beef Pasta Sauce
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I adore a good spag bol, and make it with beef – as well as a veggie version with red lentils – very often. In fact I make a pork ragu sometimes too. So the latest twist on the classic bolognese is this BBQ beef pasta sauce.

It’s a BBQ spaghetti recipe that works well with that or other types of pasta, such as casarecce (pictured). I buy different types of pasta all the time to mix things up – as well as with the sauces.

It can be served with good old grated cheddar or Italian hard cheese. Or none, if you’re trying to cut down on fat or dairy products.

This version is based on the bolognese recipe I’ve been making for decades, but to give it a BBQ flavour I’ve added BBQ sauce, a sweet pepper and a little chilli. You could use an orange pepper for a very similar effect, or even a red or green one if you like.

How much BBQ flavour you want varies, so I’ve specified 1 to 2 tbsp to suit your taste. (Mister likes 2 tbsp, for example, while Missy and me prefer just the one.) You can also add more chilli if you want to.

If you’re seeking a twist on the classic ragu or a minced BBQ beef recipe, why not try this?

This BBQ beef pasta sauce recipe serves 4

BBQ beef pasta ingredients

  • Olive oil, for frying
  • Red onion, 1, chopped finely
  • Yellow pepper, 1, in thin strips
  • Carrot, 1, diced
  • Garlic, 2 cloves, crushed or chopped
  • Beef mince, 500g
  • Passata, 1 carton
  • Mushrooms, a few, sliced
  • Beef stock pot or cube
  • Worcester sauce, 1 tbsp
  • BBQ sauce, 1 – 2 tbsp (to taste)
  • Chilli flakes, a pinch
  • Pasta, to serve
  • Cheddar or Italian hard cheese, to serve


How to make this barbecue spaghetti recipe

  • Heat a splash of olive oil in the saucepan, then add the chopped onion, pepper and carrot. Cook, stirring, for several minutes over a medium heat until they start to clarify.
  • Add the garlic and stir, then the minced beef. Cook, stirring, for another few minutes until the beef has browned all over.
  • You can then add the passata, mushrooms, stock pot or cube, sauces and chilli. If you haven’t made this before, try 1 tbsp BBQ sauce and taste before adding more. You can of course use just as much as you like – and the same applies to the chilli.
  • Simmer over a low to medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring now and then, until the carrot is soft and the sauce well combined.

Serve with the pasta of your choice plus grated Italian or cheddar cheese

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