Spaghetti Bolognese is an iconic Italian comfort food with a rich history that stretches back to Bologna, Italy. This hearty dish has become a beloved staple in households worldwide, known for its savory meat sauce paired with perfectly cooked spaghetti.

spaghetti bolognese

Ingredients Required

To prepare this classic dish, you'll need the following ingredients:

Essential Ingredients

  • 400g spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 500g ground beef (or a mix of beef and pork)
  • 2 cans (400g each) of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Optional Ingredients

  • For a vegetarian version, replace meat with finely chopped mushrooms or lentils.
  • For a richer flavor, add a splash of red wine.

Preparation Steps

Cooking the Spaghetti

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Add the spaghetti and cook according to the package instructions until al dente (firm to the bite).
  3. Drain the spaghetti and set it aside.

Preparing the Bolognese Sauce

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. SautƩ until the vegetables are soft and fragrant, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef (or alternative) to the pan. Cook until browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and beef broth. Add the dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the sauce for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer it simmers, the richer the flavor.

Assembling the Dish

  1. Add the cooked spaghetti to the pan with the bolognese sauce.
  2. Toss well to ensure every strand of spaghetti is coated with the sauce.
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Serving Suggestions

To elevate your Spaghetti Bolognese:

  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve with a side of garlic bread and a fresh green salad.
  • Pair with a robust red wine like Chianti or a non-alcoholic option like sparkling water with a splash of lemon.

Additional Tips

Storing Leftovers

  • Store any leftover spaghetti bolognese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat gently on the stove, adding a splash of water if needed to loosen the sauce.

Enhancing the Recipe

  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a subtle heat.
  • Incorporate finely chopped pancetta or bacon for an extra layer of flavor.
  • For a creamy twist, stir in a splash of heavy cream just before serving.


Enjoy your homemade Spaghetti Bolognese! This delicious dish is perfect for cozy dinners and impressing guests alike. Don't forget to share this recipe with friends and family—they'll thank you for it!

Happy cooking! šŸ

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