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Spaghetti Bolognese with a topping of parmesan cheese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese recipe is cooked spaghetti pasta and served with a meat sauce (also called ragu). It is a common classic dish worldwide but not an authentic traditional Italian cuisine. The sauce used for spaghetti bolognese is not the same as Bolognese sauce and this has been explained in detail in this recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Wordwide
Keyword bolognese, bolognese sauce, meat sauce, ragu, ragu alla bolognese, sauce, spaghetti, spaghetti alla bolognese, spaghetti bolognese, spaghetti bolognese recipe, spaghetti sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 352kcal
Author Bongdap Nansel Nanzip


  • 400 grams ground Beef
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese This is used to top the spaghetti bolognese when served. Other local cheeses such as cheddar cheese can also be used.
  • 800 grams crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup grated carrots
  • ¼ cup finely grated celery
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped basil
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cubes of beef seasoning
  • ½ tbsp brown sugar THis helps to tame the sour taste of the tomatoes in the sauce.


  • Start by adding 2 tbsp of olive oil into a pan.
  • Allow the oil to heat up and then go in with 1/2 cup of chopped onions.
  • Add 3 minced garlic cloves after sauteing the onions for 2 minutes and they are soft; stir fry the garlic for 30 seconds and add 1/4 cup finely grated celery.
    Also, add 1/2 cup of finely grated carrots and cook on medium heat for 3 minutes until the veggies are wilted and soft.
    Sautéing chopped onions and garlic in a pan for making spaghetti Bolognese
  • Go in with 400 grams of ground beef and stir fry for about 5 minutes until the beef is no longer pink in color. As you cook the beef, make sure you use a spoon to mash and cut it into small pieces.
    celery and carrots being stir fried while making meat sauce for spaghetti bolognese
  • Add 1/2 cup of dry red wine and bring to a simmer for one minute or until the raw taste of the wine is gone.
    Red wine adds flavor and taste to your sauce
  • Next, add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and 1/2 tbsp of brown sugar. Stir everything together. The brown sugar helps tame down the sour taste of the tomatoes.
    Crushed tomatoes and tomato paste added to meat sauce recipe for spaghetti
  • Start seasoning the meat sauce for your bolognese with 2 cubes of beef seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, oregano, thyme, salt, and black pepper. Stir everything together, cover, and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.
    Making the bolognese sauce in a slow cooker has the advantage of making the sauce develop much flavor because the aroma of the ingredients is released completely into the sauce.
    Oregano, black pepper, thyme, cumin used as seasonings in meat sauce for spaghetti
  • As the spaghetti bolognese sauce is cooking, begin cooking the spaghetti.
  • Add 1 tsp of salt to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Then add the spaghetti to it and cook according to package instructions.
  • After cooking the spaghetti remove it from heat and drain off the water.
  • Your sauce should have been cooked too, garnish with about 1 tbsp of finely chopped basil, stir and then turn off the heat; serve the spaghetti with the meat sauce on top of it. Spaghetti bolognese is often eaten with a topping of grated parmesan on top.