Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Update: This was first posted in Jun 2008, now updated with new photos and improved recipe.

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Spaghetti Bolognese is a popular Italian pasta dish served with a tomato-based meat sauce. This is the fondest childhood pasta memory of mine, and also the earliest pastas I know of & enjoyed when I was a kid. Ordering a plate from anyplace was such a treat back then. Now, I get to enjoy this dish with a yummy home-made bolognese sauce.

See Also: Baked Cheesy Bolognese Pasta Recipe

The meat sauce can be prepared in advanced – warm the sauce and combine it with the cooked pasta just before serving. In fact, I made a huge batch of sauce over the weekend, freeze the extras in individual serving bags and thaw them when needed. In this way, we can have delicious bolognese pasta dinners anytime, even on busy weekday nights.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Bolognese Sauce

Home-made Bolognese Sauce

Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

Traditionally, the bolognese sauce is served with tagliatelle (long flat pasta noodles), but you can use any type of pasta you like, such as paghetti.


  • 300g bolognese sauce (see recipe here)
  • 2 servings of spaghetti or other pasta (about 160g)
  • water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shredded parsmesan cheese and chopped parsley optional


  1. Bring a pot of water with 1 tbsp sea salt to a boil.  Cook pasta according until al dente. Drain and set aside the pasta, reserving some of the pasta water.
  2. Warm bolognese sauce in a saucepan. Set aside 1-2 ladles of sauce in a bowl.
  3. Add cooked pasta to the meat sauce in saucepan. Add pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to bind the pasta together.
  4. Season with freshly cracked black pepper. Plate the pasta to serving dishes and top with the remaining meat sauce. Top with parmesan cheese and parsley, if desired.

Noob Cook Tip:

The meat sauce can be prepared in advanced – freeze the sauce in individual serving bags and thaw them when needed (either stove top or microwave).