Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

This is an easy version of a recipe that you may have shied away from in the past due to thinking it is complicated. It is not too heavy and is perfect for dinner parties.

Bolognese originates in the Italian region of Bologna, and is traditionally eaten with fresh spaghetti pasta. Of course, you don’t need to do this as such a wide variety of good dried pasta is available. If you are feeling adventurous though, try making your own. It is divine! This Spaghetti Bolognese recipe serves 4 people comfortably, just mess with the quantities until you have something right for your family.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes


  • 500g lean minced steak
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 glass of red wine (apply the good enough to drink rule here!)
  • 2 tsp. tomato puree
  • 8 torn basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 400g spaghetti
  • Olive oil

Method of Preparation:

Wash, peel and finely chop the onion, carrot, and celery into even-sized pieces.

Try and chop them as finely as possible.

Cover your saucepan with the olive oil and use this mixture. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about ten minutes until the vegetables are translucent.

Add in about half of the wine and cook for a further minute before adding the minced beef.

Break the beef up with a spoon and make sure it is not in big bits, as it will end up being tough and not taste very nice.

Add in some more seasoning if needed.

Cook this mixture for a quarter of an hour to get the beef started.

Add in the tomato puree, and the tin of chopped tomatoes.

Add in the rest of the wine and cook all of this for around 30 minutes.

Ten minutes before the end of cooking time, get ready to cook your spaghetti. Boil a kettle full of water (this helps quicken the process). Pour this into a separate saucepan and bring back to the boil. Add in a good handful of salt to season.

Drop in the spaghetti and the spaghetti and sauce should be finished at roughly the same time.

Drain the spaghetti, once cooked, and you could serve with a drizzle of olive oil on the top.

Add the Bolognese sauce on top of the spaghetti and serve with a little grated Parmesan cheese.

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