Spaghetti Bolognese in a Microwave

Being a working parent is hard – juggling the kids, the dog, a job and the house work is like performing magic – some days it’s a miracle that everything gets done!

I have recently discovered a life-hack (when my oven broke) that has made things so much easier! Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t do this every day as I love my new oven – but I’ve taken to cooking in a Panasonic combination microwave.


Crazy, I know, but you’d be surprised at what you can make in a microwave – my most recent creation was Spaghetti Bolognese – here’s the recipe…


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 300g lean beef mince
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 50ml of boiling water
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 tsp dried oregano (optional)
  • black pepper (optional)
  • 300g uncooked spaghetti


  1. Put the chopped onion, garlic and carrot into a large microwave safe bowl.

  2. Add the mince and mix together with a fork, breaking up the meat until it is well combined.

  3. Cover the bowl with a microwaveable lid or cling film, leaving a small area open, and microwave on full power for three minutes.

  4. Remove the bowl. Stir, breaking up the mince again, cover and return to the microwave for another three minutes. Take care when removing the bowl as it will be very hot. Break up any clumps of mince again.

  5. Add the chopped tomatoes to the bowl together with 50ml of boiling water, and crumble over the stock cube, oregano and black pepper (if using).

  6. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon. Cover again and cook in the microwave on full power for seven minutes. Remove the bowl, stir well, cover and return to the microwave for another 10 minutes on full power, stirring halfway through.

  7. Remove the bowl and leave to stand while you cook the spaghetti.

  8. Boil the kettle for the spaghetti. Break the spaghetti into thirds and put in a separate microwave safe bowl. Pour over boiling water until just covered and stir well.

  9. Put into the microwave and cook on full power for four minutes.

  10. Remove the bowl and stir the spaghetti. Cover and return to the microwave and cook on full power for another four minutes.

  11. Take the bowl out of the microwave and leave to stand for two minutes. Check that the spaghetti is cooked and is al dente (still has a little bite). Cook for another couple of minutes if it’s not soft enough.

  12. Drain the cooked spaghetti and serve with the bolognese sauce and a little grated parmesan.


It’s really that easy – aside from it being quick, there’s less dishes, meaning more time for entertaining the kids. Winner.

You can even make pudding too if you want.

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