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Authentic Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

Spaghetti Bolognese is an Italian classic loved the world over. This Authentic Spaghetti Bolognese is cooked long and low to leave you with a rich, deep ragu that is loaded with flavor. Simply the best recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese - A true classic family favorite.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 683kcal
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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For the Sauce

  • 2 large onions
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cup wine - see note 1
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes - like oxo
  • 2 x 28oz can crushed tomato
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian mixed herbs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt and pepper

To Serve

  • 1.5 lb spaghetti
  • parmesan cheese


To make the sauce

  • Peel and finely chop the onions.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan.
  • Add onion and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes and cook until they are softened and lightly golden.
  • Turn the heat up to high, add beef and use a spatula or wooden spoon to really break the mince down as it browns. (see notes)
  • Crumble over the beef bouillon cubes and stir well to coat the meat.
  • Peel the garlic and grate or crush it into the mixture. Stir well.
  • Add in the red wine and let it sizzle for a a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the crushed tomatoes, sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, oregano, Italian mixed herbs and water.
  • Stir well and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • 10. Put the lid on and cook over a very low heat for 1 1/2 hours; stirring occasionally.
  • 11. Once the time is up, increase the heat to medium and cooke  without the lid for a further 20 minutes.
  • 12. Taste the sauce and then add extra salt and pepper to taste.
  • 13. At this point you can cook the pasta or cool the sauce and refrigerate it until later.

To cook the Spaghetti

  • Bring a very large pan of water to the boil, once boiling salt it generously and cook the pasta until al-dente. (1 minute less than the packet suggests)
  • Reserve a cup of the pasta cooking water and then drain the pasta.
  • Place the pasta back into the pan and add the reserved water. Place over a high heat and add half of the bolognese sauce. Stir well until the sauce has thickened around the pasta.
  • Serve the pasta with extra sauce spooned on top.
  • Garnish with parmesan.


  1. You can use red wine or white wine in this dish. White wine is actually more authentic, but red wine tastes delicious too.


Calories: 683kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 463mg | Potassium: 608mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 4.3mg
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