Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese
Spaghetti "bolognese" (after the town of Bologna, Italiy) is a well-known dish, but so often amounts to nothing more than pasta topped with minced meat in a plain tomato sauce.

Here is a more traditional version, in which the sauce is made with tomatoes, herbs, red wine and - of course - meat.
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Last modified on: September 29th 2022

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
Spaghetti Bolognese
Rinse the tomatoes and cut out the hard bit around the stalk, then cut into chunks.

If you have the time, you can also peel them.

Stage 2 - 10 min.
Spaghetti Bolognese
Peel ½ carrot and dice small.

Finely chop ½ onion.

Peel 1 garlic clove.

Rinse ½ bayleaf, ½ sprig thyme and ½ sprig rosemary.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
Spaghetti Bolognese
Pour 2 tablespoons olive oil into a large saucepan on medium heat.

When hot, add the onions, carrot, herbs and garlic.

Salt and pepper, then cook for 2 minutes without colouring.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
Spaghetti Bolognese
Add 250 g minced beef...

Stage 5 - 5 min.
Spaghetti Bolognese
---and cook, stirring frequently (break up any large lumps).

Stage 6 - 5 min.
Spaghetti Bolognese
Then add the tomatoes and stir well.

Leave to cook for 5 minutes.

Stage 7 - 3 min.
Spaghetti Bolognese
Add 250 ml red wine, 100 ml water, ½ beef stock cube and stir well.

Turn the heat down to low.

Stage 8 - 40 min.
Spaghetti Bolognese
Leave to cook uncovered until the sauce is reduced by 3/4.

Remove and discard the bayleaf, thyme and rosemary.

Stage 9 - 8 min.
Spaghetti Bolognese
Cook the spaghetti...

Stage 10
Spaghetti Bolognese
...mix with the sauce and serve immediately.
If fresh tomatoes are not in season, use whole tinned ones.
A few days in the fridge, covered with food film.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,253 Kcal or 5,246 Kj49 gr32 gr80 gr
63 %19 %3 %12 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
105 Kcal or 440 Kj4 gr3 gr7 gr
5 %2 %<1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
418 Kcal or 1,750 Kj16 gr11 gr27 gr
21 %6 %1 %4 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Sulfites
How much will it cost?
  • For 3 people : 6.16 €
  • Per person : 2.05 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
TomatoTomato: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Multicoloured cucumber-tomato salad, Vegetable pie, Mixed salad, Little vegetable omelettes, Cretan salad, ... All
Minced beefMinced beef: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Moussaka, Enchiladas, Gratin Parmentier, Gisèle's Pasties, Italian style gratin, ... All
Red wineRed wine: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Boeuf (beef) bourguignon, Mushroom bourguignon, Mulled wine Belle-Plagne style, Marchand de vin sauce, Rabbit civet, ... All
WaterWater: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Chicken nems, Nougat, Raisin breads (pains aux raisins), Stewed apple (compote), Sesame fried scampi, ... All
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