The “World’s Best Ever” Spaghetti Bolognaise! | I have refined it

Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

This is a recipe I have been making for nearly 30 years, which was named by dear friend’s daughter. Over time I have refined it  a little and I think the key is the layering of flavour from the start! I hope you enjoy it! Everyone I have made it for certainly does.



  • 2 tsps olive oil
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves (finely chopped or minced)
  • 75 chopped smoked ham or 3 rashers of eye bacon
  • 500g lean mince
  • 1.5 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Good sprinkle of Italian herbs
  • 140g tomato paste or pizza base sauce
  • Tinned tomatoes (I like it best with the Ardmona rich with basil and garlic )
  • 250ml of pasatta or pasta sauce
  • Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • One beef stock cube (I like Massals)


Options for hidden veggies! 

  • Grated carrots
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Mushrooms



  1. Heat oil in a heavy based pot or frypan. Cook onions and garlic for a few minutes until they soften.
  2. Add chopped ham or bacon and fry for three minutes.
  3. Add mince and stir continuously until cooked and brown. Stir through 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce and Italian herbs. Cook a further minute.
  4. Mix in tomato/pizza paste followed by tinned tomatoes and passata or Italian pasta sauce. Stir though balsamic vinegar.
  5. Mix stick cube in a cup of boiling water and add to sauce. Bring to boil.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste and add bad sneaky veggies!
  7. Reduce heat and cook at a low simmer for 20 -30 mins depending on how much time you have- feel free to add hot water to maintain consistency.
  8. Boil water and cook pasta –


TIP: Remember you can add the pasta water to the sauce as the starch in the water helps the sauce stick to the pasta!


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