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Spaghetti Bolognese

Everyone needs an amazing classic spaghetti bolognese recipe in their repertoire. Great for a midweek meal or for meal prep as it freezes well. Nothing beats the heartiness of this recipe.

Servings: 5   |    Prep: 10 mins   |    Cook: 30 mins


1 1/2 tbsp DaVinci olive oil
1 package DaVinci Spaghetti Pasta
2 garlic cloves , minced
1 onion , finely chopped (brown, yellow or white)
1 lb / 500g beef mince (ground beef) OR half pork, half beef
1/2 cup dry red wine (sub water or beef broth/stock)
2 beef bouillon cubes
28 oz can crushed tomato (or tomato passata)
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp white sugar , if needed (Note 3)
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 dried bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme or oregano)
Salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese


1. Heat oil in a large pot or deep skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook for 3 minutes or until light golden and softened.
2. Turn heat up to high and add beef. Cook, breaking it up as your go, until browned.
3. Add red wine. Bring to simmer and cook for 1 minute, scraping the bottom of the pot, until the alcohol smell is gone.
4. Add remaining ingredients except salt and pepper. Stir, bring to a simmer then turn down to medium so it bubbles gently. Cook for 20 - 30 minutes (no lid), adding water if the sauce gets too thick for your taste. Stir occasionally.
5. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook per packet directions MINUS 1 minute.
6. Scoop out a mug of pasta cooking water and set aside, then drain the pasta.
7. Add pasta into the bolognese sauce with about 1/2 cup (125 ml) of reserved pasta water over medium heat. Toss gently for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes, or until the spaghetti turns red and the sauce thickens.
8. Divide between bowls. Garnish with parmesan and parsley if desired.

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