How to Make a Spaghetti Bolognese Cob Loaf

A garlic bread cob loaf billowing with spaghetti bolognese. Yes, this is a meal that every single family member will devour without complaint. Even better, it takes less than 30 minutes to make. SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.

If ever you’ve wondered what happens if you combine two family favourites into one recipe – AWESOMENESS is the answer. In other words, spaghetti bolognese filled, garlic crusted cob loaf brilliance.

Hands up if spaghetti is a regular on your dinner rotation? Same. For a solid 20 years and counting. So next time spaghetti bolognese rolls back around on your dinner plan, here’s a way to serve it which is both FUN and YUM. Plus, it’ll be on the table in half an hour.

Yes, you can pack nutrition into a cob loaf

Because time is of the essence, we’re reaching for a jar of pasta sauce and we’re going to sneak a little extra veg in (you could even add grated zucchini) because we are clever veggie smuggling ninjas. #takethatkids

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Ingredients at the ready. Cob brilliance imminent.

Spaghetti garlic cob loaf recipe


  • 1 cob loaf (Bakers Delight Continental French Cob is perfect!)
  • 3 tablespoons spreadable butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 400g spaghetti
  • 500g pasta sauce of your choice
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese to serve (optional)
  • Fresh basil leaves to serve (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside. Slice the top off the cob loaf and pull the bread out of the middle to make a bowl. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Cut the top of the cob into quarters and add to the rest of the pulled bread.

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2. In a small bowl combine the melted butter, crushed garlic and the parsley to make a quick garlic butter. Pour over the bread pieces and brush any remaining over the inside of the cob loaf.

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3. Put the bread pieces on the baking tray (but not the cob!) and bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile in a large frying pan heat a glug of olive oil over medium heat and add the onion. Cook for a few minutes until soft.

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4. Add the beef mince and grated carrot to the frying pan. Using a wooden spoon, break up the mince as it cooks. Cook until browned.

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5. Tip the pasta sauce into the frying pan, stir through and reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow to simmer until heated through.

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6. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti for 10 minutes and add the cob loaf to the baking tray of bread. Bake the cob loaf and bread for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.

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7. Mix drained spaghetti through the sauce in the frying pan and add some fresh basil if using. Carefully fill the cob loaf with the spaghetti (use a pair of tongs), piling it high!

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8. Place the spaghetti cob loaf on a plate or board to serve. Arrange the garlic bread pieces around it. Finally, add some extra fresh basil and grated parmesan (if using). Congratulations, call the troops to the table, dinner is DONE!

spaghetti cob loaf

We love cob loaf recipes here at Mum Central and as a result, we’re going to keep the cob loaf recipes coming! While you wait though, for even more cob loaf inspo, check out our round up of cob loaf dip recipes!

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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