Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese
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Look, we understand the purists will have an issue with this recipe, but we don’t care. The Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese is a tried and tested recipe that is loved all around the world, so who cares if it’s not ‘officially’ how they make it in Italy. This is what we ate growing up and we absolutely loved it. So why change the recipe now when its just as tasty!

Who didn’t love a good bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese, or ‘Spag Bog’ as it was affectionally called by many. Delicious strands of Spaghetti cooked to perfection, topped with a delicious meaty sauce. It is a favorite of kids all around the world and we can happily say that this recipe will do true justice. Any fussy appetite kids will gobble this up immediately. That’s a Dinnertime Somewhere guarantee

Now, one caution we will air though is the dish does have a fair amount of red wine in it. The alcohol goes during the cooking process however if you are concerned about this then simply omit it from the recipe. For those who love a bit more richness in their meat sauce then please keep the wine. It’s delicious!

For the wine in the Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese there is a great rule that we heard once that we live by when it comes to cooking with wine. Add wine to the dish that you yourself would drink. I think that’s a very fair mantra to live by in the cooking world. If you put some crummy $2 bottle of Wine in the food, it’s likely going to affect the dish. So put in wine that you like and you’ll sure to enjoy. The recipe asks for about half a bottle, so the added bonus is you get to drink what’s remaining

We love this dish and I hope you all do too. It’s comforting and delicious. What’s more it’s quite flexible on how you prepare it. We’ve opted for the classic vegetable combination of Mushrooms, Celery, Carrots, and Onions but feel free to add whatever vegetables you like. It’ll taste amazing!

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A beautiful, simple, and Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese recipe

Recipe Details


4 – 8 people

Prep time

15 minutes

Cooking time

1 hour

Total time

1 hour, 15 minutes

Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe


  • 16 oz. Spaghetti (approx. 1 packet)
  • 1 lb. Ground Pork (recommend 85/15)
  • 1 lb. Ground Beef (recommend 85/15)
  • 1 large Brown Onion, Diced
  • 8 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup of Button Mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Carrots, finely diced
  • 2 Celery Sticks, finely diced
  • ½ cup Red Wine
  • 4 tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 2 cans of Crushed Tomatoes (800 ml / 28 oz.)
  • 5 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 5 Sprigs of Rosemary
  • ½ cup Fresh Parsley or Basil, chopped
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Place the Olive Oil In a large Pot or Dutch Oven and heat over the stovetop on Medium Heat. Add the Onion, Carrots, Mushrooms, and Celery and cook for 5 minutes
  2. Add the Garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant, then add the Ground Pork and Ground Beef. Continuously stir until the Ground Meat has browned, approximately 5 – 10 minutes depending on the heat in the pan
  3. Add the Red Wine and cook for 4-5 minutes until the alcohol has burned off the wine begins to reduce. Then add the Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Thyme, Rosemary, 2 tbsp. of Salt and 1 tbsp. Pepper and bring to a boil
  4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 40-50 minutes so the mixture begins to reduce and thicken. Once cooked, remove the Rosemary and Thyme storks
  5. While the Sauce is cooking prepare the Spaghetti by adding it to a large pot of boiling water. Be sure that the pot of water is heavily seasoned with Salt, as this will add significant flavor to the Spaghetti. Cook for 7-8 minutes until al-dente (slightly chewy but tender) then drain
  6. You can either plate the dish family style (everything on one large plate) or on individual serves. Place the Spaghetti in a bowl or plate then top with a generous amount of Bolognese Sauce. Finish the plates with Parsley or Basil then grate a generous amount of Parmesan Cheese on top

There you have it. The Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese recipe. Affordable, delicious, and most important of all – tasty. It’s highly recommended that you enjoy this lovely dish with some delicious Garlic Bread. Check our our Side Dishes page for some lovely recipes

If there is any leftover sauce, we’ve got you covered with our fun Homemade Sloppy Joe’s recipe. Happy cooking!

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