Perfect Spaghetti Bolognese
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The Best Spaghetti Bolognese (Family Approved)

'There's a few secrets to creating the Best Spaghetti Bolognese recipe and here I'll show you exactly what they are! A delicious and easy bolognese that you're family are going to fall in love with.'
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 579kcal
Author: Chris Collins


  • 1.1lbs / 500g Dried Spaghetti
  • 2.2lbs / 1kg Beef Mince
  • 4 Rashers of Streaky Bacon, chopped
  • 1 can (14oz/400g) Chopped Tomatoes
  • 3 cups / 750ml Tomato Passata
  • 1 cup / 250ml Red Wine
  • 1 Large White Onion finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup / 75g 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 Sugar, or more as necassary
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan to top
  • Olive Oil for frying


  • 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 and brown all the way through. Season with a pinch of Salt & Pepper.
  • 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.
  • Whilst this is on the go, stick your Spaghetti in some salted water and cook accordingly.
  • Drain and serve Spaghetti, topped with Bolognese, topped with sprinkled Parmesan & Basil. Oh and a train of Garlic Bread...



a) Just double check you're using Tomato Passata and not Tomato Paste/puree. Tomato paste/puree is a heck of a lot more concentrated.
b) These gorgeous photos were taken by the incredibly talented Dani Knox Photography!
c) Calories based on a division of 6 using 1 tbsp olive oil, 90% lean beef and 1/2 cup of parmesan.


Calories: 579kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.3g | Protein: 44.6g | Fat: 26.7g | Saturated Fat: 7.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8.8g | Trans Fat: 0.9g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 627mg | Potassium: 1180mg | Fiber: 6.8g | Sugar: 8.2g | Vitamin A: 2600IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 6.1mg