Two bowls of spaghetti topped with bolognese sauce and a pan of extra sauce on the side.

The best spaghetti bolognese recipe

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  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Our best ever spaghetti bolognese is super easy and a true Italian classic with a meaty, chilli sauce. This recipe comes courtesy of BBC Good Food user Andrew Balmer

  • Freezable (sauce only)
Nutrition: per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal624
fat25g
saturates10g
carbs58g
sugars12g
fibre6g
protein35g
salt1.6g
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Ingredients

For the bolognese sauce

  • 2 x 400g tins plum tomatoes
  • small pack basil leaves picked, ¾ finely chopped and the rest left whole for garnish
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 red chilli deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • 125ml red wine
  • 6 cherry tomatoes sliced in half

To season and serve

  • 75g parmesan grated, plus extra to serve
  • 400g spaghetti
  • crusty bread to serve (optional)

Method

  • STEP 1

    Put a large saucepan on a medium heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil.

  • STEP 2

    Add 4 finely chopped bacon rashers and fry for 10 mins until golden and crisp.

  • STEP 3

    Reduce the heat and add the 2 onions, 2 carrots, 2 celery sticks, 2 garlic cloves and the leaves from 2-3 sprigs rosemary, all finely chopped, then fry for 10 mins. Stir the veg often until it softens.

  • STEP 4

    Increase the heat to medium-high, add 500g beef mince and cook stirring for 3-4 mins until the meat is browned all over.

  • STEP 5

    Add 2 tins plum tomatoes, the finely chopped leaves from ¾ small pack basil, 1 tsp dried oregano, 2 bay leaves, 2 tbsp tomato purée, 1 beef stock cube, 1 deseeded and finely chopped red chilli (if using), 125ml red wine and 6 halved cherry tomatoes. Stir with a wooden spoon, breaking up the plum tomatoes.

  • STEP 6

    Bring to the boil, reduce to a gentle simmer and cover with a lid. Cook for 1 hr 15 mins stirring occasionally, until you have a rich, thick sauce.

  • STEP 7

    Add the 75g grated parmesan, check the seasoning and stir.

  • STEP 8

    When the bolognese is nearly finished, cook 400g spaghetti following the pack instructions.

  • STEP 9

    Drain the spaghetti and either stir into the bolognese sauce, or serve the sauce on top. Serve with more grated parmesan, the remaining basil leaves and crusty bread, if you like.

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