Who doesn’t love Spaghetti Bolognese? This is a recipe I have used and developed throughout the years. It is my go-to recipe for the rich and sour-tomatoey Bolognese, which my family and friends love.
It doesn’t take much to prepare the best bolognese sauce. It will be a lovely surprise to your taste and senses, and you will be raving about it for days after.
500g Ground Beef
6pcs Smoked Bacon, finely diced
1 can Whole Tomatoes
1 pc Large onion, finely diced
2pcs Garlic Cloves, peeled and finely diced
1 bottle Pasta sauce
2 tbsp Tomato sauce
1 tbsp Sugar
2 tbsp Pickle Relish
1 cup Stock
2pcs Dry Bay Leaves
1 tsp Dried Oregano
1 tsp Dried Thyme
1 tsp Dried Basil
1 tsp Dried Rosemary
¼ cup Olive Oil
75 gr Parmesan cheese, grated
Sea salt and Black Pepper
- Place a large heavy-bottomed saucepan on medium heat. Add the olive oil and gently fry the bacon until crisp and golden, then reduce the heat slightly and add the onions and garlic.
- Add the dried spices to the pot, stir until well combined, and saute for around 6 minutes until the onions have softened.
- Increase the heat, add the ground beef and stir until the meat is browned. Season with salt, pepper, and sugar. Adjust according to taste
- Stir in the pasta sauce, tomato paste, and stock. Add the dry bay leaves. Increase the heat, and let it boil for 15 minutes. Stir in the can of whole tomatoes (plum tomatoes are best as they contain less water).
- Stir everything until well combined; break the whole tomatoes as you go and bring to a gentle simmer. Reduce the heat to low-medium, put the lid on, and leave it to boil away for about an hour and 15 minutes until the flavors develop into a wonderfully rich tomatoey sauce. Stir occasionally to ensure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- As the sauce is nearly ready, add the parmesan and season to taste.
- Meanwhile, add salt to a pan of boiling water, and cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions.
- Once the spaghetti is ready, drain it in a colander. Toss the spaghetti with the sauce, stir it well, and coat the pasta in the lovely tomato sauce.
- Serve with a little grated parmesan on top.