My Nigerian Spaghetti Bolognese By Ahdaisy Jayde

Nigerian Spaghetti Bolognese served with the sauce on top
I just wanted to send this in as an Easter Special recipe.

Remember when I said
I Googled the hell out of spaghetti Bolognese? Yeah, I finally came up with a recipe that will work for the normal Nigerian. The basic ingredients for the real Bolognese sauce is a lot of meat, Tomatoes, Spices and Parmesan Cheese. I skipped the cheese and brought out all the spices I have hope that one of them will contain the 'oregano' I kept seeing in all the recipes. 

I'm sorry that there is no specific measurements or timing, I 'used eye' to measure them.


To make your ground meat yourself.

Cut the meat into cubes and put in the freezer for about 30 minutes or just enough for the sides of the meat to harden. Separate the meat cubes so that they don't freeze together.

Beef cubes in a food processor
When it is ready, put in your meat grinder (I used the one in my food processor), you can add some pepper and seasoning into the meat and continue grinding. And there you have it, your own homemade ground meat with ingredients you are sure of.
Grinding beef with a food processor
Ground beef
Ingredients for my Nigerian Spaghetti Bolognese-ish


3 cups Olive oil or vegetable oil
1 medium Onion
1 clove Garlic
1kg Ground beef (You need a lot but I used little cos I am cutting down on my beef intake)
3 cups Chopped Fresh tomatoes (I had blended ones so I used it like that)
1 can Tomato paste (tin tomato)
2 teaspoons Curry
1 teaspoon Thyme
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Bay leaf (little)
A handful scent leaves (little)
2 cups Carrots (diced)
Beef stock (I had chicken stock so I used it like that)
2 Knorr cubes (or any other one)
1 teaspoon fresh Pepper
Salt to taste
1 pack Spaghetti

Heat oil in a saucepan
Saute onions and garlic until soft
Add ground beef and stir to brown
Add ground beef, tomatoes, spices, seasoning and stock, AND wine for those who cook with wine. Plus carrots and water


1. Heat oil in a saucepan. Saute the onions and garlic until soft and a little charred.

2. Add the ground beef and stir till continually to break it up and brown it.

3. Add
tomatoes, spices, seasonings and stock. For those who cook with wine, add your favorite red or white wine.

4. Add salt to taste and continue stirring so that it won't burn. Don't get carried away by the

5. Add carrots and water. Cover and allow to simmer until it becomes thick and the tomatoes don't taste sour anymore. It might not completely lose the sour taste but just make sure it is ok, not 'slapping'

6. When it is ready, remove from fire and keep aside.

7. Boil spaghetti in salted water. I prefer boiling it whole. it is easier to eat when the strands are not broken. If your pot is too small for that, put the spaghetti in boiling water and after some seconds gently push it in as the part in water softens.

8. When it is soft enough, drain the water and toss with some butter or olive oil. ( I skipped that part)

To serve, you can serve the 'white' spaghetti with the sauce on top, or at the side. Like this 

Or, you can pour the spaghetti into the sauce or the other way round and mix. Like this 

Enjoying  my  Nigerian Spaghetti Bolognese with a glass of  Zobo drink
Enjoy with your favorite red wine or Zobo as I did. :-)
Reminder: Ahdaisy Jayde is the blogger behind Diary Of A Pleasant Heart

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  1. hmmm looks yummy and i like the part of knowing what exactly is in your meat these days that they put all sorts of donkey,horse and all in our beef..

    Great dish..Happy Easter to the whole wives connection family..Enjoy ur Easter off to church now..Cheers..

  2. Anonymous3/31/2013

    Hi can I used corn beef?

    1. Anonymous4/01/2013

      Yes dearie, thank me later ok

  3. Anonymous3/31/2013

    This ur food processor will start singing ur bame soon. Nice!!!!!

    1. Anonymous3/31/2013

      Ur name I meant.

  4. Pls type d normal way, why all dose spacin? Plssss next tym type normal abeg.
    Happy Easter 2 everyone in dis Eya's blog.... 4rm Suzy

    1. Anonymous4/01/2013

      Maybe u using a fone, it's normal on ma screen

  5. Nice Ahdaisy,now u livingup to ur role.
    Seems u didn't boil the meat before grinding.
    Hmmm dats d part I might find difficult, the sight of grinding fresh meat(does something to my teeth)
    Once again nice dish.

    ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

  6. Looks great, and the part of processing your own meat is very smart.

  7. Anonymous3/31/2013

    Ok, I'm a bolognese Queen...
    Just as I LOVE lasagne...
    Mine is NOT complete wifout CHEESE baby.
    Parmesan, Mozerella, goat cheese, even chedar..u name it..
    Once its shredded, its good 4 me...
    And proper 'mince beef'..
    Ready made ones can b bought at shoprite (I bliv iv seen it in der freezer b4)..
    Dats ofcos if u as lazy as I am and like d easy way
    I use any basic red or white wine (a must)..
    Nothn fancy...
    Don't know wr 2 find celery thou.
    And ofcos bacon, 2geda wif d mince...
    Billie jean

  8. Anonymous3/31/2013

    Ahdaisy next time, make sure the spaghetti is Al dente. It looks very soft. Yeah. Mince meat is what is used.

    1. Anonymous3/31/2013

      ITK cook ur own let's see

    2. Anonymous3/31/2013

      Gongo aso! ru ahdaisy's mouthpiece? the comment was meant for her, let her do the talking. infact, She's entitled to her opinion. The picture was posted for us to learn, if anon sees anything that cld improve the recipe /food shldnt she comment?

    3. Anonymous10/31/2014

      you cant tell what a food really looks or taste like from its picture only if u using a canoon

  9. Anonymous3/31/2013

    Nice post by the way did i just see Billie Jean's comment here. Pls on behalf of wives connection family, dont insult anyone & pls for God's sake dont bring all dat ur comments from LIB. Thanks &God bless u. # i do not mean any harm plsss#

  10. Anonymous3/31/2013

    Anon 9.31, madam talkie talkie. You are the one that should make sure you don't bring trouble here. Billie jean is actually a regular here, althou she doesn't comment everyday and she has been nothing but on her best behaiviour. You are feeling like someone that is 'among' a family abi, see ur mouth like 'on behalf of wives connection'. Pathetic. Oya clap for your yourself. Just make your comment as an anon and move on and let Billie do wat ever she wants to do. It hav do abeg.

  11. Thanks all... Happy Easter! Hope you all enjoyed yourselves? Pls no one should April Fool today o...

  12. Anonymous4/01/2013

    Very nice

  13. Anonymous4/01/2013

    Hello,pls can any one tell or show how to make lasagna?thanks

  14. kendra4/01/2013

    Thanks for this recipe ahdaisy,I prepared this today been monday. And my husband was going on abt how he wouldn't eat cos he's eaten a lot from ystrday till 2day. And I didn't even answer him,he was busy drinking champagne with his friends when I finished cooking.. I just dished mine 2 eat and he was like,let him have a taste.. After which he demanded for his own portion,the friends demanded for there own portion and my pot of food is finish...

    1. Anonymous4/01/2013

      K! Cool story 'sisteh'

    2. loool...jealousy

  15. Great, very nice.

  16. Anonymous3/04/2014

    women never change,regardless of age,status or what have you,this recipe is really nyc.

  17. Thank you for the great post,It is really a big help.thanks for sharing nice blog


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