Serves 4-6


  • 400G Spaghetti
  • ¼ CUP (60ML) olive oil
  • 500G Beef mine
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 tablespoons thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried chilli flakes
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 125 ml dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 400 g mixed cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 90 g Ligurian olives
  • Baby basil leaves, to serve
  • Finely grated Parmesan, to serve


  1. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 10–12 minutes or until al dente. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add the mince, garlic, thyme and chilli and cook, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon, for 6–8 minutes or until browned. Add the salt, pepper, sugar and tomato paste and cook for 4–5 minutes. Add the wine and cook, stirring occasionally, for a further 3–4 minutes or until the liquid is reduced.
  3. Toss the pasta with the remaining oil, lemon rind, lemon juice and vinegar. Add the mince, tomatoes and olives and toss to combine. Top with basil leaves and sprinkle with parmesan to serve.

Recipe by Donna Hay and photo by Anson Smart