Best Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

Best spaghetti bolognese

  • serves 6
  • Easy

With our best ever spaghetti bolognese, we've perfected a true family favourite including tips on how to easily make it in a slow cooker. This recipe is the ultimate hearty midweek comfort food

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There are loads of different ways to make a bolognese sauce (including our healthier baked bolognese here) but we think this is our best-ever spaghetti bolognese recipe. Traditionally you’d use beef mince with pancetta (which adds fat and richness when the beef is quite lean) but we’ve also added pork sausages for an extra-juicy sauce. This benefits from low, slow cooking so we’ve also included instructions to make this in a slow cooker below. Follow our expert step-by-step tips to make the perfect bolognese ragu.

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Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • pancetta 150g, diced
  • beef mince 500g
  • pork sausages 6, skinned (look for ones with high meat content)
  • onions 2, chopped
  • garlic 4 cloves, crushed
  • celery 2 sticks, finely diced
  • carrots 2, grated
  • cherry tomatoes 2 x 400g tins
  • tomato purée 2 tbsp
  • chicken stock 300ml
  • basil a small bunch, chopped
  • spaghetti 500g
  • parmesan grated to serve

Method

  • Step 1

    Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in a large, wide pan with a lid.

  • Step 2

    Add the pancetta and cook until golden. Add the mince and cook until browned, breaking it up in the pan with a spatula or wooden spoon.

  • Step 3

    Add the sausage in pieces and keep cooking until it is opaque – try to break up the sausage into smaller pieces as it cooks so it’s a similar size to the mince.

  • Step 4

    Add the onions, garlic, celery and carrots and give everything a good stir. Cover and cook on a low heat until the veg softens, stirring now and then. This will take about 10 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Add the tomatoes, purée and stock, and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 1 hour. Add the basil and cook for another 5 minutes.

  • Step 6

    Cook the spaghetti, then drain and toss with the sauce. Spoon into warm bowls and serve with parmesan, if you like.

TO MAKE IN A SLOW COOKER . . .

  • Step 1

    Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in a large, wide pan with a lid.

  • Step 2

    Add the pancetta and cook until golden. Add the mince and cook until browned, breaking it up in the pan with a spatula or wooden spoon.

  • Step 3

    Add the sausage in pieces and keep cooking until it is opaque – try to break up the sausage into smaller pieces as it cooks so it’s a similar size to the mince.

  • Step 4

    Tip into a slow cooker and add all the other ingredients but you only need to add 100ml of the chicken stock.

  • Step 5

    Cook on high setting for 5 hours. Stir in the basil at the end of the cooking time and serve with spaghetti.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 858
  • Fat 41.6g
  • Saturates 14.5g
  • Carbs 74.7g
  • Fibre 7g
  • Protein 42.9g
  • Salt 2.4g
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