Italian Bolognese simple recipe


Ground beef slowly braised in aromatic tomato sauce with onions, garlic, carrots and celery this bolognese sauce is what you want to serve with your pasta!

Duration :

PREP TIME :  15 minutes
COOK TIME: 3 hours 
TOTAL TIME: 3 hours  15minutes 


  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 2 Carrots diced
  • 2 Celery stalks diced
  • 23 cloves Garlic
  • 56 leaves Fresh Basil or 2 tsp dried basil
  • 400g/14oz Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • 500g/17oz Tomato Passata/Crushed Tomatoes
  • 250ml/1 cup water
  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 lbs Ground Beef extra lean
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lbs Spaghetti


  • In a large and deep frying pan or a Dutch Oven heat 1 tbsp of olive oil, then add diced onions, carrots, celery, minced garlic and cook on low heat for 10 minutes without colouring the vegetables. Then add ground beef and brown it until the beef is no longer pink inside while stirring the whole time and making sure to break up the beef. Pour in both types of canned tomatoes and water with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle in some dried oregano and torn basil leaves (reserve a few small ones), bring everything to a boil. Then turn the heat down and let it simmer with a lid ajar for for 2.5-3 hours stirring it once in a while.
  • When your Bolognese is nearly done boil a large pot of water and cook spaghetti according to package directions. (I usually cook 2 min less than the package recommends, your pasta continues cooking when you combine it with sauce and you really don’t want it overcooked!)
  • Drain your spaghetti and add your pasta to the sauce, stir gently and take off the heat. Top with reserved basil leaves. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


Calories: 414kcal Carbohydrates: 53g Protein: 19gFat: 14g Saturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol40mg Sodium216mg Potassium: 658mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 7g Vitamin A: 2810IU Vitamin C: 13mg Calcium: 80mg Iron: 3mg

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