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Traditional Italian Spaghetti Bolognese sauce. spag bol for short. The best recipe you will ever try. Plus garlic bread

Updated on October 27, 2013

What do you need for the sauce?

  • 30g (1 ounce) unsalted butter
  • Olive oil
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 115g (4 ounces) of baby or button mushrooms
  • 4 rashers of bacon
  • 500g of mince beef
  • 1 glass full of red wine
  • 2 tablespoons of double cream
  • 4 tablespoons of tomato puree
  • 2 bay leaves
  • thyme
  • oregano
  • salt
  • black pepper

Spaghetti Bolognese is a true classic of a dish that every nation around the world enjoys. The Italians do know how to make a great meal don't they?

This is a truly tasty meal that every household should have a recipe for. I don't know a single person who doesn't like Spaghetti Bolognese so instead of making one out of a jar why not try a true Italian version which is full of taste and texture. You won't go back believe me.

I have also included a quick recipe at the bottom for making your own garlic bread. A perfect compliment to a great meal.

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How to make the sauce:

  1. Add a little olive oil to a pan and heat gently.
  2. To this you should add the minced beef and chopped garlic.
  3. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  4. Cook until the meat is no longer pink.
  5. While this is cooking you can chop the onion, garlic, celery, bacon and bay leaves into small chunks.
  6. Add the onion, celery, bacon and bay leaves to the mix.
  7. Stir and cook until the bacon done.
  8. Next you can add the wine and stir the mixture well again.
  9. This needs to be reduced a little before adding the mushrooms, thyme and oregano.
  10. The tinned tomatoes and tomato puree can then be added along with the beef stock.
  11. The mixture should be stired well and covered at this point.
  12. The heat should be turned right down and left to simmer for a few hours. The longer this process, the better the flavours will marinate.
  13. You should keep an eye on this process as the liquid will evaporate over time and therefore to stop the sauce from burning you should top up with a little more red wine.
  14. After a few hours you can remove from the heat, take the bay leaves out and add the two tablespoons of double cream.
  15. Stir this in well and pile on top of hot spaghetti.
  16. Serve with garlic bread and top off with flakes of parmesan cheese.

What do I need for Garlic bread?

  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 baguette
  • Parmesan cheese

How do I make Garlic Bread?

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 f).
  2. Cut the butter into small cubes.
  3. Finely chop the two cloves of garlic and parsley.
  4. Add this to the butter with the oil and mix.
  5. The bagette should be cut using a serrated knife into slices around 2cm wide (roughly 1 inch) Do not cut all the way through so the slices of bagette remain attached.
  6. Gently part each slice and spoon in some of the butter mix.
  7. Do this for each section and then sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top of the bread.
  8. Wrap the load in foil and place in the centre of the oven for 15 minutes.
  9. To brown the bread, open the foil up and bake for a further 5 minutes.


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