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Spaghetti Bolognese

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Everyone should know how to make a great Spaghetti Bolognese, it’s a classic go-to family recipe that feeds a crowd and is always a winner!

Spaghetti Bolognese is the home cooked dinner my children as for the most! It’s there absolute favourite and it’s clear to see why!

Sitting up to the table and tucking into a big dish of spaghetti bolognese, dipping in chunks of warm garlic bread straight from the oven and piling on the homemade coleslaw. It’s a comfort food treat!

A delicious meaty bolognese sauce made with steak mince and cooked with red wine, plum tomatoes and Italian herbs.

I cook this on a low heat for a couple of hours to really give the flavours time to develop nicely.  I always like to eat this with lots of Parmesan cheese although the kids prefer strong cheddar – each to their own I guess.

plate of spaghetti bolognese served with fresh basil and parmesan shavings

Spaghetti Bolognese Ingredients

You’ll just need a handful of simple ingredients to cook up a panful of the BEST spaghetti bolognese recipe!

spaghetti bolognese ingredients on a white table

For the bolognaise sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves – finely chopped
  • 1 red onion – finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks – finely chopped
  • 1 carrot – finely diced
  • 4 slices bacon – chopped – I use smoked as I like the extra flavour
  • 500g steak mince
  • 200ml red wine – I use Chianti
  • Small bunch Basil – leaves and stalks finely chopped
  • 800g plum tomatoes – tinned
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and black pepper – to season

To serve

  • Freshly cooked spaghetti
  • Parmesan cheese shavings
  • Torn basil
homemade proper italian spaghetti bolognese served scattered with basil leaves

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How To Make Spaghetti Bolognese

Our easy spaghetti bolognese recipe is super easy and gives such delicious depth of flavour, it’s well worth the extra cooking time!

Step One – get the soffritto cooking

soffritto frying in a large cat iron pan ready to make bolognese sauce

Cooks Note! Soffritto is the combination of onion, celery, carrots and garlic – gently fried and softened in olive oil. It’s the base of your bolognese sauce.

  • Add the olive oil to a large skillet or saucepan and gently fry the chopped onions, celery, carrots and garlic over a low heat for around 10 minutes.

Step Two – put together the simple bolognese sauce

  • Add the chopped bacon to the soffritto mix and gently fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Tip in the steak mince and brown the meat by frying over a medium heat for a few minutes.
steak mince browning in a cast iron pan ready to make bolognese sauce
  • Next turn the heat up and pour in the red wine, let it sizzle for a minute or so and then reduce the heat again.
  • Add in the plum tomatoes, dried mixed herbs, fresh chopped basil, stock pot, tomato puree and season well with salt and black pepper.
spaghetti bolognese cooking in a large black cast iron pan

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  • Bring the bolognese sauce to the boil, then pop the lid on the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer for around 2 hours. Stirring every now and again and breaking up the plum tomatoes into the sauce as you do.

Step Three – serve your spaghetti bolognese

  • To serve the pasta bolognese – simply cook up some fresh spaghetti as per the packet instructions and swirl the rich, thick, meaty bolognese sauce into it. Scatter over some Parmesan shavings and torn Basil leaves.

You could also serve our tasty spag bol recipe in baked potatoes, tacos, or spooned over creamy, cheesy mashed potatoes.

You could use up your leftover bolognese sauce in our delicious Bolognese Sloppy Joes recipe.

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Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

Yield: Serves 6

Spaghetti bolognese

plate of spaghetti bolognese served with fresh basil and parmesan shavings

Slow cooked Italian spaghetti bolognese just the way it should be - a real family favourite.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves - chopped
  • 1 red onion - diced
  • 2 celery sticks - diced
  • 1 carrot - diced
  • 4 slices bacon - chopped
  • 500g steak mince
  • 200ml red wine
  • 1 beef stock pot
  • small bunch basil - chopped
  • 800g plum tomatoes - tinned
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • pinch salt
  • pinch cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a large skillet or saucepan and gently fry the chopped onions, celery, carrots and garlic over a low heat for around 10 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped bacon to the soffritto mix and gently fry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Tip in the steak mince and brown the meat by frying over a medium heat for a few minutes.
  4. Next turn the heat up and pour in the red wine, let it sizzle for a minute or so and then reduce the heat again.
  5. Add in the plum tomatoes, dried mixed herbs, fresh chopped basil, stock pot, tomato puree and season well with salt and black pepper.
  6. Bring the bolognese sauce to the boil, then pop the lid on the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer for around 2 hours. Stirring every now and again.
  7. To serve the bolognese – choose your style - either with fresh pasta and parmesan cheese, spoon into baked potatoes or over creamy mashed potaotes

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 412Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 316mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 32g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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