18 Reviews

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!

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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.

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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.

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lackii650 December 01, 2011

My husband is the pasta cook out of the two of us, I just don't touch italian recipes but he was working late and wanted spag bol so I reluctantly agreed to make it. Came on recipezaar to get the highest rating recipe and here it was - I cooked it without celery (didn't have it), and didn't have mushrooms so used a mushroom stock cube. To fireball's credit I am now chef spag bol maker - my husband said it was the best he had tasted and he was no longer making it, so not sure whether to say thanks or not LOL but it was delicious - cooked it for hours, and it tasted amazing the next day too. Am about to make it now for New years eve, it's his favourite dish (have cooked it a couple of times). Hearty, flavoursome and well worth the effort. Thank you.

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maplecottage December 31, 2008

I've cooked this a few times now and it's the best spag bol recipe I've ever used. I tend to fry the mince on it's own before adding it to the veg. I also add extra tom puree and worcester sauce. I make huge batches, then bag it off and freeze it in portions. That way we just take it out of the freezer in the morning, and heat it up in the evening when we get back from work.

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juliemcarpenter April 22, 2008

Great recipe. The family loved it. I left out the celery (personal preference) and I didn't have any mushrooms or red wine so I threw in a dash of Worcestershire sauce & some basil, also, because my kids are so fussy, I use onion flakes & minced garlic and grated the carrot. I added some Tomato Paste but I don't think it really needed it. Because of time restraints, I simmered the sauce for only 1/2 an hour. This is the kind of recipe that you can throw extras in to suit your taste. I dished this up with some grated cheese & sour cream on top. I'll keep this recipe for regular use. Thanks Fireball :)

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delnz99 April 15, 2006

We don't usually eat meat these days but I made this because I thought my 8 month old might like it .... and it was delicious! Enjoyed by the whole family :) Thank you for the lovely recipe.

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Leah H. July 20, 2015

This is the best spaghetti bolognese recipe I have ever tried, followed it step by step, and have served to family, and friends, they just love it, and of course so do I...Anyone can make it, follow the steps, and your guests will think you are a Master Chef

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Mark A. November 12, 2014

only deviation i made was to leave the mushrooms out of the recipe - but saute a batch of button mushrooms in butter,garlic and fresh basil, and serve along side. <br/>Also, got a bag of those small pointy orange peppers we are seeing on market stalls nowadays - <br/>sliced 3rd way round the top,[ as if you were going to slice the top of to make a lid, but just slice about 3rd of way round..] then root the seeds & white core out with a small paring knife, then push in a 1x1 1/2 inch peice of cheese (of ur choice), then roast a few for about 20-30mins, in oven,190c,. - then serve along side bolognase & mushrooms. pile of you fav salad..goes without saying!!!<br/><br/>thanks for this receipe.

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OldCucker July 05, 2013

After watching Julia Roberts gorge herself on awesome looking Italian morsels in "Eat, Pray, Love" I was on a mission to make something authentic. I did change a few things. I used 2 carrots, 1 celery stalk (both of which I ran through the food processor so I wouldn't have "chunks") I also ran my tomatoes through the food processor slightly - again - not a fan of "chunks." I left out the mushrooms. I used beef bouillon instead of stock. I used 1/2 cup marsala for the wine. I added 1 can of tomato sauce because it didn't seem to be tomato-y enough for me. I simmered for 2.5 hours - since I had added the tomato sauce, I didn't have to add any additional liquids and I cooked it uncovered - in a cast iron dutch oven. Not sure how I will ever be able to eat bolognese sauce anywhere else now. This is delizioso!

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sweettea May 17, 2011
traditional spaghetti bolognese