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Quick Risoni Bolognese

Two bowls of Bolognaise Risoni

Finding a meal that satisfies the picky palates of children can often feel like a challenge. However Bolognese (pronounced like this) has proven time and again to be a beloved favourite among the younger crowd. My Risoni Bolognese recipe is a clever twist on the classic, designed to gently introduce kids to new textures while enveloping them in the comforting, familiar flavours they adore.

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At home, we would pair this with a vibrant, fresh salad or tender cooked broccoli, but it’s so versatile you can use it as a foundation for incorporating hidden vegetables. Whether blending broccoli stems into the mix with the onions or sneaking in other nutritious veggies, this recipe is brilliant at making wholesome meals irresistible.

If you have someone in your life who loves bolognese try them with this. I think it should delight the fussiest of eaters and bring a harmonious blend of health and taste to your family table. Especially if you can replace some of the mince with minced veg.

Oh, and if you were wondering about our spelling (Bolognaise or Bolognese), or whether we should we have called it a Ragu (we probably should have), then you might enjoy further reading here.

If you want to upscale this recipe it’s easy, all you have to do is add more Risoni and the appropriate amount of water that is written on the Risoni box.

Two bowls of Bolognaise Risoni

Quick Risoni Bolognese

5 from 5 votes

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Whip up Quick Risoni Bolognese. A speedy, savoury meal that's ideal for weeknight dinners.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Course Dinner, Quick easy dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Method Thermomix


  • 1 Thermomix


  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 20 g parsley washed and stems removed, plus extra for garnish
  • 80 g 1 small onion, peeled and diced cut into 4 is good.
  • 20 g (1 Tbsp) olive oil
  • 500 g ground beef mince
  • 1 tin Annalisa whole tomatoes
  • 15 g Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp dried herb mix My blend is here, or any Italian mix you have
  • 1 beef stock pot e.g., Continental stock pot
  • 1/4 tsp flaked salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 100 g water I clean out the tomato tin with it.
  • 120 g dried Risoni e.g., Barilla
  • Grated Parmesan for serving (optional)


  • Place the minced garlic and parsley into the Thermomix bowl. Chop for 3 seconds/speed 7.
  • Add the diced onion to the bowl. Chop for 5 seconds/speed 4.5.
  • Add olive oil to the bowl and cook for 2 minutes/Varoma/speed 1 with the measuring cup (MC) removed.
  • While the onions are cooking, place the ground beef in the Thermomix basket and break up any large lumps.
  • Once the initial cooking is complete, add the whole tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, dried herbs, beef stock pot, salt, pepper, and water to the bowl. Place the basket with the ground beef into the bowl. Cook for 10 minutes/Varoma/speed 1.
  • Carefully remove the basket, then weigh in the Risoni directly into the bowl. Set to cook again for 10 minutes/100°C/reverse speed +1.
  • After cooking, transfer the meat from the basket into a Thermoserver® (or a similar insulated serving dish) and pour the sauce/Risoni mixture over the top. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken slightly and the flavours to meld.
  • Serve with a generous sprinkle of grated Parmesan and a touch of parsley, if desired.


Serve this hearty dish with crusty bread and a fresh salad to round out the meal.
 Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper according to your taste.

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  1. 5 stars
    Loved this dish. So quick and easy to whip up. I added some chilli flakes for that extra something. Great midweek meal.

    1. That’s something I would do. Love a hint of heat. In fact I have a little jar of cayenne in my knife and fork draw expecially for my son and I to sprinkle on our dinners. 😝😇

  2. Hi, could I ask why the meat is cooked separately in the basket rather than in the bowl with the rest of the sauce, please?

    1. Hi Margaret, You can cook the meat in the bowl with the sauce but I prefer the texture of it cooked in the basket. Either way is fine, just a personal preference.

  3. Hello! If I can ask a dumb question: in step 6, do you place the basket with the meat in the bowl again, after adding the risoni? I suppose so, but I thought I’d check.

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