Traditional spaghetti bolognese with garlic bread

Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

55 Minutes
Serves: 2
A traditional spaghetti bolognese made with minced beef, pancetta, onions, tomatoes, carrots flavoured with garlic, Worcester sauce, oregano, bay leaves and Chianti, The beefy bolognese is served with al dente spaghetti and grated parmesan and tasty garlic bread. 

Recipe Ingreds


  • 150 grams spaghetti


  • 1 leaves bay leaf
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 carrots
  • 1 stick celery
  • 0.5 tsp oregano (dried)
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 250 grams mince beef
  • 75 grams chestnut mushroom
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 0.5 onions
  • 60 grams pancetta
  • 175 ml Chianti red wine
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 tin tinned tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1.5 tsp worcester sauce


  • 1 garlic bread

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • set the oven to 200C 400F or gas mark 6

Step 2

  • heat the olive oil in the frying pan
  • peel and chop the onion(s) finely
  • add to the frying pan

Step 3

  • dice the pancetta
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for 3 to 4 mins

Step 4

  • wash and dice the celery
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for 3 to 4 mins

Step 5

  • peel and crush the garlic using the garlic crusher or chop finely
  • add to the frying pan

Step 6

  • wash and slice the mushrooms
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for 5 minutes

Step 7

  • peel and grate the carrots
  • add to the frying pan
  • lower the heat
  • cook the vegetables till they caramelise

Step 8

  • add the mince beef to the frying pan
  • cook till brown

Step 9

  • add the oregano, bay leaves, tomatoes, red wine, tomato puree and Worcester sauce to the frying pan
  • boil and then simmer
  • taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary
  • cook for 25 mins
  • if cooking extra for the freezer store the extra bolognese in a freezable container allow to cool and then place in freezer

Step 10

  • put the garlic bread on the baking tray and place in the oven follow cooking instructions on packaging

Step 11

  • half fill a pan with water and boil
  • add a spot of olive oil and a pinch of salt to the boiling water
  • add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until tender but with a slight bite

Step 12

  • drain the pasta
  • divide the pasta between the serving plates

Step 14

  • add the bolognese on the top

Step 13

  • remove garlic bread from the oven
  • serve the pasta with garlic bread

Recipe Utensils

  • 1 baking tray
  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 Garlic crusher
  • 1 grater
  • 1 large frying pan
  • 1 large knife
  • 1 large pan
  • 1 sieve

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How to make traditional spaghetti bolognese

A simple classic bolognese sauce made with mince beef, pancetta, carrots and mushrooms, gently simmered in tomato sauce flavoured with bay leaves, oregano, red wine and Worcester sauce 

To make homemade bolognese sauce

Our bolognese is made from onions, celery, garlic and pancetta lightly fried,. Then sliced mushrooms are added to the pan and cooked till caramelised and brown. Grated carrot and mince are added to the pan and cooked till coloured. The tinned tomatoes are added to complete the sauce's main ingredients. The bolognese is flavoured with bay leaves, oregano, red wine, and Worcester sauce and then simmered till the meat is tender

To make homemade spaghetti bolognese

While the bolognese sauce is cooking cook the spaghetti and then place the spaghetti in a serving bowl and top with the bolognese, serve with buttery garlic bread.

Can you freeze spag bol sauce?

Yes, this sauce freezes perfectly, once the sauce is cooked, place the sauce in a freezer-proof dish and allow it to cool fully before freezing. Remove from the freezer and allow to defrost, reheat till piping hot.

When to make Italian spaghetti bolognese

This simple dish is perfect for the whole family, it is cheap to make so perfect if you are on a budget. It's the ideal recipe for the Autumn, Spring, or Winter as it is packed with delicious carbs great when you come in from the cold, cook double and freeze so you have a quick cook dinner perfect for those busy days. 

What to serve with traditional bolognese sauce

In this recipe, we serve this delicious spag bol sauce with al dente spaghetti, but if you fancy something  different for dinner use the sauce to make 

What to do with leftover bolognese

If you have some leftover bolognese and you want to use it up why not try 

  • Jacket potatoes topped with bolognese sauce and grated cheese 
  • Quesadilla, use a flour tortilla and place in a lightly oiled frying pan put the bolognese on half the tortilla top with grated cheese fold over and cook on both sides 
  • toasted sandwich with sauce and grated cheese

Spaghetti bolognese Ingredients

beef - minced beef is the ideal cut of beef for bolognese, for extra flavour you can add minced pork or pancetta or bacon 

vegetables - vegetables add delicious flavour and texture to the sauce, we use carrots, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes 

Herbs - the bolognese herbs for us are bay leaves and oregano

Other flavours -  

Wine - bolognese needs wine and our preference is chianti or other similar red wines

Pasta - Any pasta goes well with this sauce, spaghetti, penne or tagliatelle 

What makes our classic homemade spaghetti bolognese the best

Beef and tomatoes are the perfect combination, add the flavours of Italy to this combo and you have a delicious dish. What makes our spag bol extra special is the addition of Worcester sauce and chianti wine taking the flavours to that extra level. 

About traditional spaghetti bolognese

Bolognese sauce originates from Italy, it is a slow-cooked sauce with a soffrito base of onions, celery and carrots. The sauce is traditionally made from a mixture of meats usually beef and pork and with the addition of tomatoes, milk or wine.

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