Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Everyone needs a great everyday Spaghetti Bolognese recipe, and this is mine! Whether you use this for a quick midweek meal or a slow cooked weekend indulgence, this Bolognese sauce is rich, thick and has beautiful depth of flavour. This is a staple recipe you’ll make over and over again….

We Aussies have a thing about shortening words. Good day is g’day. Pavlova is Pav, afternoon is arvo, mosquitos are mozzies. Sharon is Shazz, Nagisa is Nagi (that’s yours truly).

So it is thoroughly Aussie to shorten Spaghetti Bolognese to Spag Bol!


I’ve been loyal to this recipe since I first learned to cook when I was a teenager. There are 3 little things in this recipe that might be a bit different to Bolognese recipes you’ve seen around:

1. Worcestershire sauce: it just adds that little extra something-something. I get antsy if I get caught in a situation where I have to do without;

2. Beef bouillon cubes (beef stock cubes) for extra depth of flavour in the sauce, to compensate for this being an everyday midweek version rather than a traditional slow cooked Bolognese Ragu which starts with a soffrito (onion, celery, carrot slowly sautéed) as well as pancetta.

3. Sugar, if needed: just a little bit goes a long way to transform the sauce if you happen not to be using high quality, sweet Italian canned tomatoes. Supermarket canned tomatoes here in Australia are notoriously sour. Especially the Australian ones – it pains me so much to say that, but it’s true.


As with all my pasta recipes, I include a step to toss the pasta IN the sauce, rather than just placing pasta in bowls and spooning over sauce.

This makes the Bolognese sauce emulsify, so it thickens, becomes glossy and clings to the spaghetti. No more watery sauce at the bottom of your pasta bowl! This is how chefs and Italians make pasta. Try it once, you will be converted!

But it is an optional step. Sometimes, you just don’t have the energy to clean yet another pan. I hear ya.

This is the way I have been making Spaghetti Bolognese for decades (gosh it’s scary saying that!!). I really love it, and I think the sauce is rich and loaded with flavour, especially for a 30 minute Bolognese recipe.

Though if you have the time, slow cook it for a couple of hours. The flavour develops and the meat becomes so luxuriously tender!  – Nagi xx

Spaghetti Bolognese

Recipe video below. My everyday Bolognese recipe I make over and over again. Terrific depth of flavour for such a quick recipe. My 3 “secret” tips are: Worcestershire Sauce, Beef Bouillon Cubes and a touch of sugar.


  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (, minced)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dried bay leaves
Read the whole recipe on RecipeTin Eats