Authentic Italian style spaghetti bolognese

A tasty version of bolognese- rich but fresh and simple

You may be able to tell from the number of bolognese recipes on this blog how much I love it! Often I make a really rich sauce with all sorts of very non-Italian ingredients added!

I was sent some premium tinned tomatoes by Cirio, and thought I would try to use these to take my bolognese back to basics and make a really tasty Italian style version.


My Recipe

Serves: 6
Syns: none
Healthy Extra: none (but A with parmesan on top)


  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 packet of lean bacon lardons (I get mine from Asda, but you can just chop up bacon rashers with fat removed)
  • 1kg mince- I used 500g of lean beef and 500g lean pork, but you can just use beef
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes (in this batch I used 1 tin Cirio chopped tomatoes, and 1 tin of Cirio baby plum tomatoes)
  • 1 stick celery, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 red wine stock pot (This is from Tesco's- you can substitute with 1 beef stock cube if you can't get this)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • Fry light


  1. Fry the onion, garlic and celery in Fry light for about 5 minutes, and then add the bacon. Fry for a further 2 minutes.
  2. Add the mince, and stir fry (breaking up) until browned
  3. Add in the carrots, tinned tomatoes, stock pot, bay leave and salt and pepper and simmer for 45 minutes, until the sauce is thick and rich.

Additional Info

Perfect served with spaghetti and an italian style salad, or a mixture of courgetti and spaghetti!

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