Windhoek Light Beef Bolognaise with Courgette Spaghetti Recipe

A great recipe if you're trying to lower your carb intake

General info

Serves: 6


Bolognaise ingredients

  • ¼ cup Canola oil
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 5 kg lean beef mince
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 2 cups finely diced onion
  • 2 cups finely diced carrots
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups Windhoek Light Beer
  • 2 x 400 g tins whole peeled tomatoes, blended
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Courgette spaghetti ingredients

  • 2 medium sized courgette per person
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 3 tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil


Bolognaise method and preparation

  1. Place the oil, star anise, bay leaves and oregano in a large, heavy-based saucepan and heat to infuse the flavours.
  2. Season the beef mince with the salt and pepper.
  3. Add the mince to the saucepan and brown.
  4. Add the garlic, onions and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the Windhoek Light and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the blended tinned tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and lemon juice.
  8. Simmer for 40 to 50 minutes over a low heat.
  9. Remove the star anise and bay leaves before serving
  10. Spoon Bolognaise generously over the Courgette Spaghetti

Courgette Spaghetti Method and Preparation

  1. Using a vegetable peeler – peel off ribbon like strips which you then cut with a sharp knife into “spaghetti-like noodles”
  2. When you get to the seeds, turn the courgette as the seeds are to moist and will not hold the spaghetti shape
  3. Just before serving – lightly fry in a pan with the olive oil and salt
  4. You want the courgette spaghetti to be firm not soft – so be careful not to over cook

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Chef Peter owns and runs The Sense of Taste Catering Company, a 12 year highly successful company, specializing in high-end gourmet and corporate functions. He has also had the privilege to cook for Ruby Wax, Dr Mamphela Aletta Ramphele, The English Cricket Team, Beyoncé and Jay-Z as well Kim andKhloe Kardashian. A huge honour was to personally prepare the favourite meal (oxtail) of Former President, Nelson Mandela during the opening of the Nelson Mandela Gateway in V&A Waterfront.

Chef’s Tip: This is great recipe if you are trying to keep your carb intake low. You can also use Cabbage for your Spaghetti-like noodles by shredding the cabbage so you get long thin strips

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