Quick Umami Bolognese

Quick Umami Bolognese

Everyones favourite pasta sauce, bolognese, has been given an even richer, meatier flavour with a splash of Kikkoman soy sauce. As Kikkoman is naturally brewed, it contains high levels of naturally occuring umami (savouriness) which intensifies the taste

Rated: 5/5 (1 Ratings)
  • Serves4
  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins

Nutrition per serving

  • Energy833 Kcals
  • Protein47g
  • Carbohydrates72g
  • Fat39g


  • 300g Spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 125g bacon or pancetta, cubed
  • 500g minced beef ~ 20% fat
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 100g single cream
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce


  • Fresh basil, leaves only


Preheat oil on medium heat. Add minced beef and cook for 4-5 minutes, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned and no pink meat remains. Add bacon and cook for another few minutes . Drain excess fat if desired using a sieve or a colander.

Meanwhile peel and finely chop the onion and garlic and stir them into the meat. Peel and finely chop the carrot and celery and stir them in, too. Cook for five minutes over a moderate heat, stirring frequently.

Mix in the tomatoes, Kikkoman soy sauce and cream. Cook for five minutes, until slightly reduced. Taste for seasoning and season with salt and pepper if desired.

Bring water to boil in a large pan, season with salt generously and cook the spaghetti al dente according to the packaging instructions. Drain the spaghetti, saving 100 ml of cooking water. Mix spaghetti, reserved water and the sauce in a large pan. Stir together over a medium heat for one minute. Divide spaghetti between four plates and top with fresh basil. Serve immediately.

This recipe is rich in Umami. Do you want to know more about the 5th taste sensation? Check out our What is Umami guide

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