Classic bolognese

Classic bolognese

10 mins Prep · 210 mins Cook

Savour this meat-based sauce by using it as a stuffing for hollowed out vegetables which can then be baked, or as a hearty filling for a toasted cheese sandwich

Created by Spinneys
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 210 minutes
Serves 6
Cuisine Italian
Diet Family Friendly
Preparation Easy
Nutrition (per serving)
Calories 217
Fat 13g
Saturates 3g
Protein 16g
Carbs 9g
Sugars 7g
Given the cook-at-home nature of Spinneys and natural variations in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details

Cooking Instructions

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Peel and finely chop the onion. Finely grate the carrots. Thinly slice the celery.


To make the Bolognese sauce, in a saucepan over a high heat, heat half the olive oil and fry the mince in small batches until dark brown. It’s important to do this in batches so the mince doesn’t steam, but instead caramelises. This is the secret to a sauce with rich flavour.


Heat the remaining olive oil and sauté the onion, carrot and celery over a low heat until softened – this should take approx. 10 minutes.


Return all the mince to the pot and add the tinned tomatoes. Season the sauce well with the salt and freshly ground pepper, add the rosemary and simmer for at least 3 hours.