Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

5 from 4 votes
A perfect, no-fuss recipe for a delectable homemade family dinner, this spaghetti Bolognese recipe is a true Italian classic. Saucy, spicy, and comforting, get that wonderful depth of flavour with the best ever spaghetti Bolognese recipe.
Spaghetti Bolognese

Classic spaghetti Bolognese is a family favourite and a dish that everyone needs a recipe for. The sauce is rich, thick, and meaty, with so much juicy flavour, this is the Bolognese recipe to try.

Pasta is one of my favourite ingredients to make for dinner. From chicken spaghetti to tuna pasta bake to this spaghetti Bolognese recipe, I just love recreating pasta dishes.

Contrary to popular belief, spaghetti Bolognese is not actually very common in Italy. Although Bolognese sauce did originate in Italy, the combination with spaghetti pasta was popularised by the British.

Bolognese sauce is traditionally made with beef mince, but you can substitute with any minced meat, depending on personal preference.

The amount of fat in minced meat varies with the average fat content being approximately 20%. Leaner versions will be healthier, but they also can become dry if overcooked.

I use chopped tomatoes in this recipe. They really do play an important part in this recipe. To get the best flavour, choose the highest quality tomatoes that you can get your hands on.

I always try to get my hands on some San Marzano tomatoes for the most authentic flavour. San Marzano tomatoes are difficult to find, and there are many fakes available.

Genuine San Marzano tomatoes will be authenticated, with a stamp on the can to prove it. They will also be peeled, canned, and whole. Any tomatoes that claim to be San Marzano but do not meet these criteria are not authentic San Marzano tomatoes.

San Marzano tomatoes are not essential, and any canned tomatoes will work as the perfect substitute if that is what you decide to use.

The longer the sauce is left to simmer the more time the flavours have to develop. This will produce that deep and rich flavour. However, this is not something that you have to do.

In my recipe I have kept the simmering time between 15-20 minutes of simmering time as this will still produce a delicious and flavourful meat sauce. It can be simmered for a longer period of time if you want to and have the time to, but it is not required.

I have kept the seasoning simple with only a couple of herbs and a dash of salt and pepper. Don’t let that fool you though; the flavour in this recipe is truly delicious.

The seasoning can be adjusted depending on personal taste. Sprinkle with paprika or chilli powder to make it spicy or you can add a dash of onion powder to sweeten it up.

Boil the spaghetti as the sauce is left to simmer and dinner is ready in just an hour. This spaghetti Bolognese recipe is ideal for a quick weeknight meal.

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Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

by Nabeela Kauser
A perfect, no-fuss recipe for a delectable homemade family dinner, this spaghetti Bolognese recipe is a true Italian classic. Saucy, spicy, and comforting, get that wonderful depth of flavour with the best ever spaghetti Bolognese recipe.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine British, Italian
Servings 4
Calories 882 kcal


  • 500 g Spaghetti
  • 500 g Minced Meat Beef
  • 1 Onion Finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 400 g Tomatoes Chopped
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 Beef Stock Cube Dissolved In 200ml Hot Water
  • Salt And Black Pepper To taste
  • Parmesan Cheese Grated, to serve


  • Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water according to the package instructions until it's al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes until they become soft.
  • Add the beef mince to the frying pan and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's browned all over.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, dried oregano, and dried basil to the frying pan. Cook for a few minutes until the sauce has slightly thickened.
  • Pour the beef stock into the pan and stir well. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Simmer the Bolognese sauce for 15-20 minutes until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened to your liking.
  • Serve the spaghetti with the Bolognese sauce spooned over the top and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.


Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 882kcalCarbohydrates: 102gProtein: 40gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 539mgPotassium: 942mgFiber: 6gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 242IUVitamin C: 14mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 98mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Beef, Comfort Food, Meat, Minced Meat, Pasta, Spaghetti
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