The Ultimate Spaghetti Bolognese

March 24, 2015

Spaghetti bolognese is one of those meals that everyone knows how to make. There are lots of variations on the basic recipe, everyone has their own little twist that makes the meal special. It is a meal that is perfect for serving when the family get together. When all my family got together at Knockbrex Castle for a family occasion, my brother cooked spaghetti bolognese on the night we arrived. It is a meal that is best cooked slowly, allowing the meat to gradually infused with the flavour of the tomatoes and herbs. Served with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and herbs on top of spaghetti, it is messy to eat but totally delicious. Strangely my dog loves spaghetti and will lurk under the table hoping for a strand. He will suck it down in Lady and the Tramp fashion, providing some entertainment while we eat.

Spaghetti bologneseRecently Lea and Perrins got in touch and asked if I would like to try their Lovelea recipe for spaghetti bolognese. The recipe uses a secret ingredient, Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce. I love eating spaghetti bolognese so was happy to try. It is one of those meals that can be eaten at any time and if you have any left over it can be frozen and used another day. In fact I often make twice as much of the mince mixture for that very reason.

Spaghetti bologneseTo make the bolognese the main ingredient is mince. To this was added panacetta, garlic, onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms. To make the sauce I used a mix of tomato purée, chopped tomatoes, red wine, beef stock and of course Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce. I love my sauce to be full of tomato flavour so always add extra tomato purée. To complete the dish I had some basil, parmesan cheese and spaghetti. I got to work chopping, simmering and stirring.

Spaghetti bologneseA gorgeous smell wafted though the house as the mixture simmered on the stove, making me hungry and prompting my son to ask when dinner would be ready.  I cooked the mixture slowly wanting to impart the full flavour to the mixture. Soon it was time to boil the water for the spaghetti and wait for that to be ready.

Spaghetti bologneseFinally I served the dish, sprinkling over the parmesan cheese and a little shredded basil. The dish was worth the wait, it was full of flavour, the ultimate spaghetti bolognese. As Lea and Perrins say “A dash makes all the difference”, and in this case it added a lot more flavour to the dish. There were empty plates all round, much to the dogs disappointment.

Spaghetti bologneseSpaghetti Bolognese Recipe

Spaghetti Bolognese

Lea and Perrins


  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 5 chestnut mushrooms
  • A small handful of panacetta cubes
  • 500 g beef mince
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 200 ml beef stock
  • 1 glass red wine
  • 4 tbsp Lea and Perrins Worchestershire sauce
  • 350 g spaghetti
  • Handful grated parmesan
  • A few sprigs of basil chopped


  • Add some oil into a pan and fry the panacetta until it browns and becomes crispy
  • Add the mince and cook until brown
  • Peel and chop the onions, carrot, celery, garlic and mushrooms and add them to the mince mixture, stirring well.
  • Add the tomato purée to the pan and cook for a few minutes, stirring to coat everything with the purée.
  • Add the red wine and the beef stock and simmer until the liquid reduces by half.
  • Add the tin of tomatoes and the Lea and Perrins Worchestershire sauce to the pan.
  • Simmer gently for 45 minutes.
  • To make the spaghetti bring a pan of salted water to the boil and add the pasta. Cook for around 8 - 10 minutes.
  • Place the spaghetti on a plate and add some bolognese to the top.
  • Sprinkle on some parmesan cheese and the chopped basil

If you wish you can serve the meal with a green salad and garlic bread to make a much more elaborate meal.

Tasty Tuesdays on

21 responses to “The Ultimate Spaghetti Bolognese”

  1. Wendy says:

    That looks delicious. It’s getting increasingly harder to please both of the kids at the same time in this house meal wise (what one loves, the other hates!) but spaghetti bolognese is a dish that they both adore.
    Will have to have a go at making this one as looks yummy! 🙂

  2. Lily Lau says:

    Spaghetti bolognese, so delicious! I’ll try to prepare them tomorrow 🙂

  3. You can’t beat a classic bolognese. I can never make one as good as what my mum makes though.

  4. Mesas de comedor says:

    Nice recipe

  5. Ness says:

    I always add ‘a dash’ when I’m making Spaghetti Bolognese. In fact it’s what we’ve had for dinner tonight!

  6. Sarah James says:

    Your spaghetti bolognese looks delicious, I love a good tomato taste too. Must get some Lea & Perrins.

  7. I have a bottle in the cupboard so I’ll try adding some next time I make spag bol 🙂

  8. I agree – a splash of Lea and Perrins can really lift many dishes – we like to add a dash to our chicken and sweetcorn soup! #tastytuesdays

  9. We love spaghetti bolognase in our house, it’s one of the kids’ favourites and something they ask for a lot. This looks fab.

  10. Honest mum says:

    Looks amazing! The perfect bolognese. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  11. I love Spag Bol it really is one of my favourite meals. Yours looks delicious x #TastyTuesdays

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