traditional spaghetti bolognese

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

i got this recipe from an italian friend on a trip to the spanish isle of mallorca quite a few years ago and cannot find another to touch it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Gently melt the butter & oil in a large pan which can be covered.
  2. Add chopped carrot, onion, celery, bacon & bay leaves, gently cook until golden.
  3. Add minced steak & garlic, season well with salt & pepper, cook until meat is no longer pink.
  4. Add wine,cook until liquid reduces a little, add mushrooms thyme& oregano.
  5. Blend the tomato puree with the beef stock,then add to pan along with the tinned tomatoes, stir well then cover and cook on lowest possible heat for a couple of hours. The secret to this dish is long, slow cooking as to allow the flavors to meld.
  6. As this dish slowly simmers you will need to add more liquid; use either wine or a little water.I find a little wine does best.
  7. After two hours or so remove from heat, remove bay leaves, add 2 tbsp of cream, stir well, serve with hot pasta or spaghetti with fresh baked garlic bread and grated cheese.
Most Helpful

I first had spaghetti bolognese in Brussels at a tiny Italian cafe; I've been looking for the perfect recipe to make this ever since. Now I have found it! This is SO tasty! I went and saut?ed the vegetables in the bacon drippings. I pur?ed all the veggies in my food processor. Next time I will probably add some red pepper flakes (personal preference). LOVE this and THANK you for a great recipe!

MiaSumitra July 16, 2012

This is fantasitc! Great for lasagna too. I have tried other ground meats and like a mix of beef and pork the best.

misscain March 21, 2012

I have made this many time now. It is by far the best spaghetti bolognese i have had, Delicious! Thanks for posting.

lackii650 December 01, 2011