Pasta Bolognese With Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese…

Happy Tuesday friends,

This week I have teamed up with Parmigiano Reggiano to share some of our favourite cheese inspired recipes. 

Throughout the week I will be sharing some of our favourite recipes using Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. 

How tasty!?

One meal we all love and can agree on is spaghetti bolognese. We love to mix it up by adding different vegetables to the sauces, a variety of pasta and changing what kind of cheese we sprinkle on top. No two pasta dishes are ever the same. 

Even though we try lots of different variations one constant remains the sprinkled cheese. No cheese No pasta. Simples!!

It is always great to know that with just a few staple ingredients a quick and tasty Dinner can be sorted.

Today I am sharing our favourite Pasta Bolognese recipe using  Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese.

When I met my Husband over 25 years ago, the first meal he ever made me was pasta bolognese. I remember thinking what’s this. I had never heard of it before ( I led a sheltered life!!!) Nowadays it is a meal we all eat weekly. The recipe has changed a bit over the years. At the minute we are all loving extra courgettes also a generous sprinkling of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese.

Pasta Bolognese With Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese:

Serves 4


  • 1-2 tbsp of Olive oil
  • 2 medium red onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 courgettes, about 500g slice into big pieces and diced into quarters
  • 500g minced beef
  • 2x 400g tins of Italian plum tomatoes
  • 100ml Of beef gravy granules made up
  • 3 Tablespoons of tomato puree
  • 1 Tbsp mixed herbs
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 500g of dried pasta, cooked
  • 80g-100g Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, grated


Step One:

Peel and chop the red onions. Fry them gently in a big frying pan for about 3-4 minutes to soften them. Add the minced beef and fry for around 8-10 minutes until all the beef has browned.

Step Two:

Wash and cut the ends off the courgettes, then slice thickly. Chop each slice into 4 and set aside for a few minutes. Make 100ml of gravy up. Drain the fat from the now browned mince.

Step Three:

Add the courgettes, tinned tomatoes, already made up gravy, tomato puree, mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Bring the pan of ingredients to the boil then simmer for around 40 minutes. Stirring regularly.

Step Four:

Plan to have your pasta cooked by the time the bolognese is cooked. With around 15-20 minutes left on the Mix, start preparing your pasta.

Step Five:

Once everything is cooked, drain your pasta, then mix both the pasta and bolognese sauce together in a big bowl. Transfer your pasta into four pasta bowls. Sprinkle the grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese over each bowl.

Step Six:

Serve warm and enjoy it with your favourite red wine or drink of choice!!. Warm crusty bread with extra butter is also a very nice accompaniment to the meal. Mmmm…

We sprinkled Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, known as the King of Cheeses, on top of our meal and it tasted great.

This is one of the world’s oldest and richest cheeses. Did you know it is still produced today as it was nine centuries ago?

This cheese has a long ageing period is fundamental in building the aromas and texture of Parmigiano Reggiano. Such complexity is achieved in a totally natural way, without any additives, making Parmigiano Reggiano 100% natural, easy to digest and high in calcium.

Have you ever tried Parmigiano Reggiano before?

If so, what do you like to eat it with?

About this post:

This post is commissioned for Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese but as always, all thoughts are my own.


Hi, I am Claire and I created Claire Justine in 2011. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.



  1. Priya Joshi
    December 5, 2017 / 11:43 am

    mmm I love parmesan! and love that you added courgette for an extra portion of veges too! #cookblogshare

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 5, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  2. Sonia Cave
    December 5, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Oh I adore cheese and this recipe looks very tasty

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 5, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      Thanks Sonia πŸ™‚

  3. Helen J
    December 5, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    This looks delicious – I love that you don't have to have much parmigiano to get a good amount of flavour πŸ™‚

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 5, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Thanks Helen πŸ™‚

  4. Newcastle Family Life
    December 5, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious, I will have to try Parmigiano x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 5, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      Aww, thank you πŸ™‚

  5. Eb Gargano
    December 5, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Wow – that is a sheltered life!! I remember first discovering curry at the age of 21 and sushi a little later…my parents weren't very adventurous with food when I was little…but they did at least make bolognese (though a very 'English' version!!) I love parmesan…sprinkled over food, stirred into food… or just on it's own as a snack. It's definitely one of my favourite cheeses. Thanks for linking this up to #CookBlogShare, it's lovely to have you join us! Eb x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 6, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Hehe:) I did meet my Husband over 26 ears ago though so pasta was not as popular as it is now.

  6. Five Little Doves
    December 5, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    Ooh lovely! I love Bolognese, it's one of my favourite things to cook and also to eat!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 6, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks Laura πŸ™‚

  7. Anosa
    December 6, 2017 / 2:00 am

    Ohh, what an unforgettable bolognese, haha I guess cooking this would really bring you memories about your hubby.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 6, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks Anosa πŸ™‚

  8. Kara Guppy
    December 6, 2017 / 10:16 am

    We are big fans of pasta bolognese – your receipe looks delicious

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 6, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      Aww, thanks Kara πŸ™‚

  9. Zena's Suitcase
    December 6, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    This is one of our favourite family meals, and we have it in our house at least once a week. Will have to get some of the cheese to go with it I think

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 6, 2017 / 9:32 pm

      Thanks Zena πŸ™‚ All 6 of us are fans of pasta.

  10. Actually Mummy...
    December 6, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    We're the same, my kids will always ask for cheese on any kind of pasta. You've got me craving a bolognese now!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 6, 2017 / 9:33 pm

      Thanks Helen πŸ™‚

  11. Stella Olojola
    December 6, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    What a yummy looking recipe. Will love to try this.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 6, 2017 / 9:33 pm

      Great, thanks Stella πŸ™‚

  12. Emily Leary, A Mummy Too
    December 7, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Looks super tasty, a good cheese can make such a difference with pasta! I love your tableware too by the way!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 9, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Aww, thanks Emily πŸ™‚

  13. Stephanie Moore
    December 7, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    Oh this sounds very yummy, I will pin for future reference

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 9, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Lovely, thank you Stephanie πŸ™‚

  14. Taslyn Matina
    December 10, 2017 / 12:29 am

    Love pasta bolognese and parmesan your pictures look so yummy!

  15. Miz Helen
    December 10, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    We love Parmigiano and your Bolognese looks delicious! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.Miz Helen

  16. Kel @ School Runs & Shopping Trolleys
    December 12, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Spag bol has been a staple in our family forever! Not tried courgette in it though, so will have to give that a go. And we HAVE to have cheese too! I like parmigiano in my risotto. #MMBC

  17. Anonymous
    December 13, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Oh yes please. This looks delicious and tasty.

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