Classic Spaghetti Bolognese

4.9 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 90 mins Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 6 Calories: 417 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Spaghetti Bolognese is a classic Italian dish. Can be made with different types of pasta, but spaghetti is the most common. It is usually served with grated Parmesan cheese on top. This simple and satisfying meal can be found in restaurants and households around the world and is enjoyed by people of all ages.



  1. Finely chop the carrot, celery, onion and garlic.

  2. Put a large saucepan on medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the chopped veggies. Stir often until they soften. 

  3. Increase the heat and add the ground beef and ground pork. Cook until the meat is browned.

  4. Add the tomatoes, basil, oregano, bay leaves, tomato paste and the wine. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cover with a lid. Cook for one hour or until you have a thick sauce. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon.

  5. When your sauce is nearly ready cook the pasta following the package directions.

  6. Drain the pasta. You can add the pasta to the sauce or serve the sauce on top. Don't forget to top with grated parmesan.


  • Use good quality ingredients. This is especially important for the meat, tomatoes, and cheese.
  • Brown the meat well. This will help to give the sauce its flavor.
  • Don't overcook the sauce. The sauce should be thick and flavorful, but not dry.
  • Add a splash of wine to the sauce. This will add depth and complexity to the flavor.
  • Use a little bit of sugar to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes.
  • Let the sauce simmer longer. This will give the flavors time to develop.
  • Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Add herbs and spices. Some classic herbs and spices for bolognese sauce include oregano, basil, thyme, and bay leaves.
  • Deglaze the pan. When you brown the meat, add a splash of wine or broth to the pan and scrape up the browned bits from the bottom. This will add flavor to the sauce.
  • Adjust the seasonings to taste. Once the sauce is cooked, taste it and adjust the seasonings to your liking.
  • You can use a variety of meats in your bolognese sauce, such as ground beef, ground pork, or ground veal.
  • If you are vegetarian or vegan, you can use tofu or tempeh in your sauce.
  • You can make your own pasta.
  • You can serve your bolognese sauce with spaghetti, penne, or any other type of pasta.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is spaghetti bolognese an Italian dish?

Yes, spaghetti bolognese is an Italian dish. However, it is not actually from Bologna, Italy, as the name suggests. The dish is believed to have originated in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

What are some variations of spaghetti bolognese?

There are many different variations of spaghetti bolognese. Here are a few ideas:

  1.  Add mushrooms.
  2.  Add white wine instead of red wine.
  3.  Add milk to the sauce.
  4.  Add grated Parmesan cheese to the sauce.
  5.  Serve with a side of salad or bread.
  6.  Make vegetarian bolognese by using tofu or tempeh instead of meat.

What is the difference between classic spaghetti bolognese and modern spaghetti bolognese?

Classic spaghetti bolognese is made with a very simple sauce that is cooked for a long time. Modern spaghetti bolognese is often made with a more complex sauce that includes other ingredients, such as mushrooms, white wine, or milk. Modern spaghetti bolognese is also often cooked for a shorter time than classic spaghetti bolognese.

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