Traditional Classic Spaghetti Bolognese

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It is very seldom that I make my classic Spaghetti Bolognese because it takes a minimum of 3 hours to simmer. Most busy working moms don’t have that luxury. I fortunately do, so I can indulge in this timeless classic.


Units Scale
  • 500gr Spaghetti
  • 500 gr ground beef
  • 500 gr Italian sausage (or use all beef)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup finely grated celery
  • 2/3 cup finely grated carrot
  • 1 small finely diced onion
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme (or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano (or 2 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Italian Herbs
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup dry white wine (sub white wine vinegar and chicken stock)
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can plum tomatoes, chopped with liquid
  • 1 cup passata
  • Parmesan cheese and parsley to garnish


  1. In a saucepan heat oil and butter.
  2. Add carrots, celery, onions, and sauté for 3 minutes.
  3. Add ground meat, salt, and pepper to taste and cook until the meat is no longer pink.
  4. Add the herbs and the nutmeg.
  5. Add wine and simmer until evaporated.
  6. Finally, add the tomatoes, bay leaves, tomato paste, passata, sugar, and beef stock and simmer slowly, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours partially covered.
  7. Add the milk and parsley and simmer for another hour.
  8. If sauce becomes dry, (which it shouldn’t) add ½ cup stock or passata whenever necessary.
  9. When almost ready to serve, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  10. Cook the pasta until it is tender but still firm to the bite, 10 to 12 minutes.
  11. Drain, and add either some olive oil or butter.
  12. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese and parsley.


Prepared, tried, and tested Melanie from The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs


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