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How to Make Spaghetti Bolognese

Bolognese sauce, known in Italian as Ragù alla Bolognese, is a meat-based sauce in Italian cuisine, typical of the city of Bologna of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. The recipe was first published there in the 19th century. Since then, the dish has been loved by many foodies around the world.

5-Minute Crafts would like to share the correct recipe for spaghetti Bolognese with you. This is the way they cook it in Italy.

Kitchen gear

You will need:

  • a deep pan
  • a cutting board
  • a knife
  • a saucepan
  • a spatula


You will need:

  • pasta (it is customary to use tagliatelle in the classic recipe, but the whole world has replaced it with spaghetti or other types of pasta)
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 7 ounces of bacon
  • 5 medium-sized ripe tomatoes or 10 small tomatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 big onion
  • 1 small stalk of celery
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • olive oil
  • 7 ounces of cream
  • 7 ounces of tomato purée
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • Parmesan cheese

Cooking process

  • Chop the onion, garlic, carrot, and celery into small pieces. Carrots can be grated.
  • Pour olive oil into the skillet.
  • Sauté the vegetables for 5 minutes.
  • Mince the bacon.
  • Add it to the vegetables.
  • Sauté the bacon and vegetables together for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef.
  • Mix the ingredients in the skillet well.
  • Braise the meat, constantly stirring it with the spatula until there is no redness inside the meat.
  • Add cream.
  • Cover and simmer the ingredients for 10 minutes on low heat. The mixture should not boil, otherwise, the meat will become tough.
  • Add nutmeg.
  • Add sliced tomatoes.
  • Add the tomato purée.
  • Add salt, pepper, and oregano.
  • Thoroughly mix the ingredients in the skillet.
  • Simmer the ingredients under the lid on low heat for 1 hour until the sauce becomes thick.
  • Stir regularly, don’t let the sauce boil.
  • Meanwhile, start making the pasta.
  • Boil the water.
  • When the water starts boiling, add salt.
  • Then put the pasta into the boiling water.
  • Cook the pasta for one minute less than is indicated on the package. This way your pasta will be al dente, as this is customary in Italy.
  • As soon as the pasta is ready, strain the water, and add a little bit of olive oil.
  • Stir everything well.
  • Cover the pasta with a lid.
  • Remove bolognese sauce from the heat after one hour.
  • Taste it to see whether there is enough salt. Add some more, if necessary.
  • Serve the pasta and sauce hot, without mixing them.
  • Complement the dish with grated Parmesan cheese.
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