One-Pot Penne Bolognese

by Leah Halmagyi


  • 2 brown onions, finely diced
  • 1 stick celery, finely diced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 700g gravy beef, diced
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • sea salt flakes and freshly-milled black pepper
  • 300g penne pasta
  • 1½ cups finely-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp thyme leaves


1 Sauté the onions, celery and garlic in half the oil in a large saucepan over a moderate heat for 5 minutes, until softened. Set aside. Heat the remaining oil, then fry the beef for 5 minutes, until browned, then mix in the tomato paste and sage and cook for 2 minutes.
2 Pour in the diced tomatoes and stock, return the onion mixture, then simmer for 50 minutes, until tender. Season with salt and pepper.
3 Stir in the penne into the sauce, then cook gently for 15 minutes, until the pasta is al dente, then mix in the Parmesan and thyme.