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Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese (Family Approved)

‘For a Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese I love a gulp of red wine for some gorgeous depth of flavour, some bacon for a smokey twang and lastly, I love to give my Bolognese TIME.’ – Hungry now? Jump to Recipe

Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese - overhead shot

Hey folks! And welcome to the second instalment this week’s dinner bananza in partnership with Melbourne photographer Dani Knox. Last post we brought you the Starter in Feta Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze form. This time, the main event. The Máxima resistencia (or something along those lines) – The Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese. So unbuckle those eating pants and sit tight cause things are about to get tasty.

Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese

The perfect spaghetti bolognese you say? *drunk stranger heckles from back row*

Yeah, I kinda guess so.. For me and my family anyway. A recipe I’ve been making for too long I care to remember and one I hold close to my dear bacon wrapped heart. One I’m now super duper excited to be sharing with ya’ll!

Now, time for the important stuff. What makes this spaghetti bolognese recipe different from the rest? *stranger heckles considerably louder*

Okay let’s grab that bottle and put it to good use.

Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese

In classic DGBMH style, straight from the bottle. A vibe this recipe is built upon. Rough around the edges, chuck it in, taste test, a sprinkle here a dollop there, up the walls.. You get the gist. But made with so much love. (And wine, clearly.)

But all jokes aside I feel that’s exactly what’s ‘perfect’ about this recipe. Sometimes it’s way too easy to get in your head about ingredients, precise timings and measurements. I’ve developed this recipe merely through trial and error, just a pinch of this, a splash of that and it’s got me here.

And in my humble opinion ‘here’ is pretty delicious.

Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese

Contrary to many recipes out there I love using bacon. Not too much, but a few rashers of streaky bacon chopped up gives it a beautiful smokey twang and plays off the beef nicely.

I also enjoy throwing in some sun dried tomatoes. Apart from the fact I’m mildly addicted to these things in pretty much every context, I feel they really champion the tomato flavour shining through this dish and add another dynamic to the texture.

A big handful of fresh basil and a couple dashes of worcestershire sauce don’t go amiss.

Oh, a hello to our good friend Parmesan as well.

Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese

Okay somebody hand me a grater and throw my non-existent diet out the window for crying out loud.

Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese

Much better.

Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese

Finally and in contrast to the matter of seconds that pile of parmesan escalated, the perfect spaghetti bolognese needs time.

Trust me, I’ve been there. Rushing around trying to cook a quick bolognese, serving it on the spaghetti and BAM. It’s sat in a pool of watery tomato juice. Oh and the meat is pretty rough too.

Allowing the mince to simmer for up to an hour not only allows the beef to soak up all those gorgeous flavours, but keeps it mouthwateringly tender. As there is a fair load of tomato in this recipe it’s crucial to allow the bolognese to naturally thicken.

Okay let’s wrap this up, I’m hungry.

Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese

A traditional spaghetti bolognese recipe ? Potentially not. An easy spaghetti bolognese recipe that your family are going to fall in love with? Absolutely yes!

Full recipe below and be sure to let me know how you all get on. Until next time, Ciao for now!

5 from 4 votes
Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese
Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese (Family Approved)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

'For a Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese I love a gulp of red wine for depth of flavour, some bacon for a smokey twang and lastly, I love to give my Bolognese TIME.'

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Calories: 682 kcal
Author: Chris
  • 12 oz (350g) Dried Spaghetti
  • 2.2 lbs (1kg) Beef Mince
  • 4 Rashers of Streaky Bacon, chopped
  • 1 can Chopped Tomatoes
  • 3 cups (700g) Jar of Tomato Passata
  • 1 cup (250ml) Red Wine
  • 1 Large White Onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup (100g) Sundried Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of Garlic minced
  • 1 Handful of Fresh Basil torn, plus extra for garnish (whole)
  • 1 heaped tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar, or more as necassary
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan to top
  • Olive Oil for frying
  1. Heat up some oil in a large saucepan and fry up your Bacon until it begins to brown. Add the Onion and Sundried Tomatoes and fry for a few more minutes until softened, then add your Garlic and cook for a further minute or so. Add in your Mince and break up with a wooden spoon whilst cooking, stir until crumbled brown all the way through.

  2. It's time to add your Red Wine, stir it in and reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes, allowing the mince to soak up some of that goodness. After, stir in your Tomato Passata and Chopped Tomatoes. Add in your Basil, Rosemary, Worcestershire Sauce, Sugar, Salt & Pepper (to taste) and give it a good stir. Keep it on low-medium heat and allow to simmer for good 45-60mins or until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally.

  3. Whilst this is on the go, Stick your Spaghetti in some salted water and cook accordingly.
  4. Drain and serve Spaghetti, topped with Bolognese, topped with sprinkled Parmesan & finished with a beautiful Basil bow. Oh and a train of Garlic Bread...
Recipe Notes

a) Just double check you're using Tomato Passata and not Tomato Paste. Tomato paste is a heck of alot more concentrated.

b) Calories based on a division of 6.

For all things photography be sure to check out the amazing Dani Knox Photography!

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Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese (Family Approved)

Looking for leftover ideas? Check out my Leftover Bolognese Sliders!

Leftover Bolognese Sliders

Cheers guys, this has been ‘ Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese ‘ Comment, share, do whatever you fancy but for crying out loud don’t go bacon my heart. See you next time 🙂


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    Amy | The Cook Report
    October 10, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    This looks gorgeous, you really cannot beat a spaghetti bolognese!

    • Reply
      October 10, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      You’re so right, Amy! Always a staple on the weekly dinners in this house 🙂

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    Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs
    October 10, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Why have I never thought of putting sun dried tomatoes in my bolognase before?! Will definitely give that a go. Also, LOVE how much cheese you put on top hahaha!

    • Reply
      October 10, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      I have a strange a addiction to sun dried tomatoes so it just happened naturally. But totally works! Haha yeah, about the cheese…

  • Reply
    October 10, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Wow! Best Bolognese sauce I have ever seen, wonderfully plated too!

    • Reply
      October 11, 2017 at 2:07 am

      Thank you for your kind words 🙂

  • Reply
    October 10, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Ok that sauce sounds amazing and your pictures are GORGEOUS! I want to take a bite right off the plate!

    • Reply
      October 11, 2017 at 2:08 am

      Thanks, Liz! You and me both!

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    Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    October 11, 2017 at 12:08 am

    There is something very comforting about spaghetti bolognese, and it is one of those dishes you can fall back on, knowing you’ll enjoy it. Your recipe looks and sounds delicious, and I love the added extras to add that specialness about it. Perfect supper food.

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      October 11, 2017 at 2:09 am

      You’re so right, Helen! Spaghetti Bolognese is THE perfect comfort food.

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    October 24, 2017 at 1:29 pm

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