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A hearty Italian spaghetti Bolognese recipe straight from the True Bites family cook book. No sauces, this is how to make bolognese from scratch. 

What You'll need

  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 500g minced beef
  • 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes with mixed herbs
  • 2 level tablespoons of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato purée
  • pinch of Italian herb seasoning
  • 1⁄2 pint of beef stock
  • 1 medium glass of red wine
  • seasoning to taste
  • grated Parmesan to taste
  • 350g spaghetti


  1. Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and then add the onion.
  2. Cook until the onion is soft but not brown, usually between 5 and 10 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and minced beef to the saucepan and brown quickly. 
  4. Then add the flour, seasoning, tin of tomatoes, tomato purée and Italian herbs to the saucepan, stirring while you do.
  5. Finally, add the stock and red wine. Lower the heat, place the lid on the saucepan and simmer gently for about 45 minutes.
  6. Stir occasionally to make sure that the sauce isn't sticking to the pan and that it doesn't become too thick. Add a bit more stock if you think it is too thick.
  7. About 15 minutes before you want to serve it, add the spaghetti to a saucepan of boiling water and boil for about 10 minutes or until cooked to your taste.
  8. Serve the bolognese sauce poured over a bowl of spaghetti with grated parmesan/cheese sprinkled on the top.


  • Press a glove of garlic, mix it with butter or margarine, spread on a sliced baguette and warm through in the oven for home made garlic bread.

Written by Matty @TrueBitesUK — October 15, 2014


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