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Spaghetti Bolognese

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Serves 4

While the dish has been a staple for millions of diners around the world for decades, Italians claimed the original reciope has become so corrupted it is in urgent need of culinary rescue. A good Bolognese sauce should be cooked for a few hours on a very low heat.

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  • Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 rashers of streaky 'pancetta' bacon, chopped
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • Stick of celery
  • 1kg lean minced beef
  • 2 large glasses of red wine
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 fresh or dried bay leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 800g-1kg dried tagliatelle
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese, to serve
  • 325g ( 11 & 1/2 oz) spaghetti
  • freshly cooked
  • 25g ( 1 oz) buttter
  • Parmesan,freshly grated


    1. 1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan and fry the bacon until golden over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, frying until softened. Increase the heat and add the minced beef. Fry it until it has browned. Pour in the wine and boil until it has reduced in volume by about a third. Reduce the temperature and stir in the tomatoes and celery.
    2. Cover with a lid and simmer over a gentle heat for 1/2 hours until it's rich and thickened, stirring occasionally.
    3. Cook the tagliatelle in plenty of boiling salted water. Drain and divide between plates. Sprinkle a little parmesan over the pasta before adding a good ladleful of the sauce. Finish with a further scattering of cheese and a twist of black pepper.

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3rd Dec, 2015
There are some strange anomalies here. 800g to 1Kg of tagliatelle between 4 is a vast amount, and then what happens to the 325 g of spaghetti also in the ingredients list?
13th Feb, 2013
This is very similar to my version which was given to me by an Italian friend. Yours sounds good so will try tonight. Thanks
3rd Jan, 2013
I have not mentioned anywhere in my recipe it takes 40 minutes?It says 1 to 1 and a half hours.In Italy their simmer the sauce for upto 4 hours,not several hours?Going back to your 40 minutes,this is quite acceptable to be done in this time if you do not wish to wait for anything longer.
24th Dec, 2012
Why only 40 mins, if advised 'should be cooked for several hours?' confused!
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