Spaghetti Bolognese

This ultimate family spaghetti bolognese recipe is a total classic, delicious, and super-easy to knock together.

Key Details

  • Serves: 4-6
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate


  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 6 rashers dry-cured higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon
  • olive oil
  • 500g higher-welfare minced beef
  • glass of red wine
  • 1 x 280g jar of sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 x 400g tins of plum tomatoes
  • 500g dried spaghetti


Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.

Peel and finely chop the garlic and onions, pick and finely chop the rosemary, then finely slice the bacon.

Heat a splash of oil in a pan on a medium heat, add the bacon, rosemary, garlic and onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened, stirring occasionally.

Add the beef and cook until starting to brown, then pour in the wine. Leave to bubble and reduce. The alcohol will evaporate so this is suitable for families. 

Meanwhile, drain and tip the sun-dried tomatoes into a food processor, blitz to a paste, then add to the pan with the tinned tomatoes. Squeeze the tomatoes as you pop them in the pan! 

Cover with a lid then place in the oven for 1 hour, removing the lid and giving it a stir after 30 minutes – if it looks a little dry at this stage, add a splash of water to help it along.

About 10 minutes before the time is up, cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water according to the packet instructions.

Once the spaghetti is cooked, drain, reserving a mugful of cooking water, then return to the pan with a few spoons of Bolognese, a good grating of Parmesan and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Toss to coat the spaghetti, loosening with a splash of cooking water, if needed.

Divide the spaghetti between plates or bowls, add a good spoonful of Bolognese to each, then serve with a fine grating of Parmesan.

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