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Classic Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is a dish loved the world over. This Classic Spaghetti Bolognese is cooked long and low to leave you with a rich, deep ragu that is loaded with flavor. A classic family favorite. From Easy Pasta Sauces

Spaghetti Bolognese is a dish loved the world over. This Classic Spaghetti Bolognese is cooked long and low to leave you with a rich, deep ragu that is loaded with flavor. A classic family favorite.

Spaghetti Bolognese is a dish loved the world over. This Classic Spaghetti Bolognese is cooked long and low to leave you with a rich, deep ragu that is loaded with flavor. A classic family favorite. From Easy Pasta Sauces

This is a slow cooking dish but it is worth the wait. The key to developing the flavour is to let the sauce cook over a very low heat for 90 minutes. This elongated cooking time, means the dried herbs soften and mellow into the sauce and the onion and garlic melt into the sauce.

When you add the ground beef to the onion mixture, make sure you use a spatula or wooden spoon to really break the meat down. This helps it to absorb the flavours and gives the final sauce a melt in the mouth feel.

Although the recipe requires you to brown the beef, don’t let it get too crispy as this can affect the texture of the final sauce.

Spaghetti Bolognese is a dish loved the world over. This Classic Spaghetti Bolognese is cooked long and low to leave you with a rich, deep ragu that is loaded with flavor. A classic family favorite. From Easy Pasta Sauces

Don’t be alarmed by the addition of sugar. Most canned tomatoes are a little acidic and the sugar helps to enhance the tomato taste and remove any sour notes.

If you have read any other recipe here on Easy Pasta Sauces, you will know that we are big advocates of using the pasta cooking water to create a thick saucy emulsion. That is vital here. Once the pasta is cooked, add the pasta back to the pan along with some reserved cooking water and half of the bolognese. This is all cooked together to get the sauce into the pasta. It really does make a difference. You can still spoon a big spoonful over the top, but the simple step of cooking the pasta in some of the sauce will make all the difference.

Spaghetti Bolognese is a dish loved the world over. This Classic Spaghetti Bolognese is cooked long and low to leave you with a rich, deep ragu that is loaded with flavor. A classic family favorite. From Easy Pasta Sauces

The recipe below makes enough sauce for 8 people, if you want a smaller amount hover over the servings, you can use the slider bar to reduce the servings. Or freeze half for a quick weekday meal. It tastes fabulous after freezing. Just remove the ragu from the freezer in the morning and it will be ready to heat up when you get home in the evening.

Serving Suggestions:

Side: We think this classic spaghetti bolognese is best paired with some sort of bread. Either some warm ciabatta or plenty of garlic bread.

Wine: Because of the slow cooking the tomatoes in this dish can take a big bright red wine. Try a Shiraz or a Chianti. Or go more traditional and pair this dish with a wine made with the Nebbiolo grape: a Barolo or Barbaresco.
If red isn’t your thing then stay with the regionality of this dish and serve this up with a sparkling Lambrusco, unusual but a great wine pairing.

Spaghetti Bolognese is a dish loved the world over. This Classic Spaghetti Bolognese is cooked long and low to leave you with a rich, deep ragu that is loaded with flavor. A classic family favourite. From Easy Pasta Sauces

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Classic Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is a dish loved the world over. This Classic Spaghetti Bolognese is cooked long and low to leave you with a rich, deep ragu that is loaded with flavor. A classic family favorite.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 665 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large onions
  • tbsp olive oil
  • lb ground beef (1kg)
  • garlic cloves
  • 3/4  cup red wine  (180 ml)
  • beef bouillon cubes  (like oxo)
  • 2 x 28oz can crushed tomato   (880g)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian mixed herbs
  • 1/2 cup water (125ml)
  • salt and pepper

To Serve

  • 1.5 lb spaghetti (680g)
  • parmesan cheese

Instructions

To make the sauce

  1. Peel and finely chop the onions.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan.
  3. Add onion and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes and cook until they are softened and lightly golden.
  4. 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)
  5. Crumble over the beef bouillon cubes and stir well to coat the meat.

  6. Peel the garlic and grate or crush it into the mixture. Stir well.
  7. Add in the red wine and let it sizzle for a a couple of minutes.
  8. Add in the crushed tomatoes, sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, oregano, Italian mixed herbs and water.
  9. 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

  1. 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)
  2. Reserve a cup of the pasta cooking water and then drain the pasta.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve the pasta with extra sauce spooned on top.
  5. Garnish with parmesan.
Nutrition Facts
Classic Spaghetti Bolognese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 665 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 464mg 19%
Potassium 553mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 66g 22%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin C 0.9%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 19.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you want something meaty and packed with flavour but don’t have two hours then try our Beef Broth and Onion Pasta with Parmesan.

This Onion and Beef Broth Pasta with Parmesan is a hearty and warming pasta dish that tastes like you have been cooking for hours, but is ready in 20 minutes. The pasta is cooked like a risotto, giving it great depth of flavour and an almost creamy texture. Garnished with plenty of parmesan this is Italian comfort at it's very best.

Spaghetti Bolognese is a dish loved the world over. This Classic Spaghetti Bolognese is cooked long and low to leave you with a rich, deep ragu that is loaded with flavor. A classic family favourite. From Easy Pasta Sauces

Spaghetti Bolognese is a dish loved the world over. This Classic Spaghetti Bolognese is cooked long and low to leave you with a rich, deep ragu that is loaded with flavor. A classic family favourite. From Easy Pasta Sauces

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    Sometimes there’s just no beating the classics. This sauce looks like pure perfection- need to try it soon!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Karly.
      And I agree, the classics so often hit the spot don’t they!

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