Spaghetti Bolognese

This post came about in a funny way. My virtual food blogger sister-friend Linda Duffin, of the impressive blog Mrs. Portly’s Kitchen and I were commenting back and forth one day discussing the cooking of our mothers.

Linda wrote, “And don’t get me started on her spag bol.” Now, Linda is British, and I’ve spent many months-worth of time in the UK, or whatever it’s called now, and I have always tried local specialties in the various countries, whether Cullen Skink, Bedfordshire Clanger or, my favorite – Spotted Dick. But I’d never heard of Spag Bol.

Linda, probably thinking I’m an unsophisticated daftie, explained that spag bol was simply short for Spaghetti Bolognese. Of course.

Which then got me thinking that I’ve never made spaghetti bolognese in all of my years cooking. The cookbook I immediately grabbed, was Giuliani Buglialli’s Buglialli on Pasta, published in 1988.

Buglialli is so strictly Italian, and he’s so familiar with Italy’s regional cooking, that I knew he would be the proper resource. When I call him strict, I’m not kidding. He practically yells at you from the pages of his cookbooks if you dare grab a chunk of Parmesan.

“One should not indiscriminately sprinkle Parmigiano over everything if all dishes are not to melt into an unappealing sameness.”

On his research in studying and documenting authentic Italian recipes: “Arriving at an authentic version of a recipe with a long tradition requires work. The dish as prepared at one regional restaurant or by one family from an area is not necessarily an authentic version of that region’s preparation. It is important to compare many different sources, printed and oral, especially the oldest available ones. But let us not forget that even some Italian grandmothers are poor cooks.”

I find him really entertaining, and I love his passion. And there it was, in the cookbook, Tagliatelle al Ragu alla Bolognese.

“The famous Bolognese ragu is one of several meat sauces and the most popular. Its distinctive features are the sautéing of the meat together with the aromatic chopped vegetables, the omission of garlic, the combination of snipped, chopped, or ground beef and pork, the use of white rather than red wine, and the use of heavy cream.”

Furthermore: “I should like to remind once again that pasta with meat sauce is not automatically alla bolognese. Only those pastas specifically using a Bolognese meat sauce are such; the many employing such sauces from other regions would never be considered alla bolognese.”

I looked online for any recent information on Buglialli, and did find his website, called Buglialli Foods of Italy, and under his cooking courses, held at his farmhouse in Tuscany, none are listed beyond 2015. If he is still alive, it’s estimated that Buglialli is approximately 80 years old. Seems like his date of birth was always kept a secret.

Ragu Alla Bolognese
printable recipe below

1 medium-sized red onion, peeled
1 medium-sized carrot, scraped
1 large stalk celery
3 ounces pancetta, cut into cubes
6 ounces lean boneless beef, in cubes
6 ounces boneless pork, in cubes
4 tablespoons sweet butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ripe, fresh tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 cup lukewarm beef broth
3/4 cup heavy cream

Finely chop the onion, carrot and celery.

Coarsely grind the pancetta, beef, and pork all together in a meat grinder. (I used my food processor.)

Heat the butter and oil in a heavy, flameproof casserole over medium heat. When the oil mixture is warm, add the chopped vegetables and ground meats, and sauté for 10 minutes, stirring every so often with a wooden spoon.

Pass the tomatoes through a food mill, using the disc with smallest holes, into a glass bowl.

Add the wine to the casserole and let it evaporate for 5 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and simmer for 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Then add the broth. Cover the casserole and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring every so often with a wooden spoon.

Add the cream, mix very well, lower the heat, and reduce for 20 minutes; for the last 5 minutes, remove the lid.

Remove the sauce from the heat and let rest until cool, about 1 hour.

Tagliatelle Al Ragu Alla Bolognese, from Bologna

Cook the pasta according to package directions, although Buglialli suggests fresh tagliatelle. (I used pappardelle.)

Place 4 tablespoons of sweet butter in serving bowl; add a little boiling water to melt the butter.

When ready, drain the pasta, transfer to the serving bowl, and mix well with the melted butter.

Pour the sauce all over, mix and serve immediately.

Pass freshly grated Parmigiano cheese at the table.

This ragu is fabulous. If you close your eyes, it’s like you’re eating blended lasagna!

My only regret is not making a quadruple batch of this luscious sauce.


By Published On: November 2nd, 2018110 Comments on Spaghetti Bolognese

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. Silvia November 2, 2018 at 6:40 AM - Reply

    Hi Mimi, You opened a secret box for me! I’ve never dared writing the ragù recipe because I knew every Italian family uses a different recipe and even when I prepare it, I modify the recipe according to the ingredients I have available (sometimes I substitute red or white wine to the broth, or I use stock buillon instead of vegetable broth).. anyway this is so an Italian classic that it deserved to be talked about!

  2. chef mimi November 2, 2018 at 8:24 AM - Reply

    Italians are so funny. I read a book recently about Italy, and in it 3 Italian nonne are arguing about ragu recipes. Hysterical!

  3. David November 2, 2018 at 8:40 AM - Reply

    Thank you for this, Mimi! Being allergic to garlic, the one place I can eat without fear is Italy! And that is because they stick to tradition and authentic recipes. I know which ones are safe and which are not. A salsa Bolognese in Italy is always safe – not so much here in the US, though… unless I come to your home! Beaufhl job, and beautiful presentation!

    And, as it turns out, I am doing a post on Bolognese sauces in the new year – but I am giving several different recipes, all of which follow the tradition: soffritto, pancetta, ground meat, tomatoes, milk/cream.

    • chef mimi November 2, 2018 at 8:42 AM - Reply

      Oh that will be fantastic, because there are so many differences. And, of course, I’m sure they’re all wonderful. My real father came over from Sicily, and I’ve yet to go visit. I saw your lovely photos from there and it’s moved up a few places on my long bucket list! That’s so sad about garlic. But I guess it could be worse.

      • David November 7, 2018 at 6:06 AM

        That is exactly what I say, “It could be worse.” Much better one small flavoring than wheat/gluten, dairy, chocolate, nuts, soy, or – the unthinkable – wine.

        Sicily was truly magnificent… a real eye-opener. Not at all what I expected and yet so much more. You really need to get there!

      • chef mimi November 7, 2018 at 7:27 AM

        I will!

  4. Jodi November 2, 2018 at 8:53 AM - Reply

    I want this SOOOOOOOOOOOO bad right now! Love your story and the history and the photos! Thanks Mimi!

    • chef mimi November 4, 2018 at 5:03 PM - Reply

      Thanks so much Jodi! It was very good. I had to fight off my husband for some!

  5. jenniferguerrero1 November 2, 2018 at 11:19 AM - Reply

    “One should not indiscriminately sprinkle Parmigiano over everything if all dishes are not to melt into an unappealing sameness.” I love that line. I fight so hard not to do that with garlic. The garlic usually makes it in, though. :D This looks delicious. I adore the books where the person’s voice comes through so strongly.

    • chef mimi November 2, 2018 at 12:09 PM - Reply

      I know! He’s hysterical. And he’s not trying to be!!! But he definitely knows his stuff. Love his books.

      • jenniferguerrero1 November 2, 2018 at 12:33 PM

        I hadn’t heard of him before. Is this your favorite of his books? We watch Nick Stellino on PBS for the same reason. I bought one of his books but haven’t tried it yet. Show’s addictive, though.

      • chef mimi November 2, 2018 at 12:43 PM

        Well, I haven’t heard of Nick! So many authors! Yes, this is my favorite. It’s a thorough book. Just checked and it’s unavailable. It’s just too old.

  6. Linda Duffin November 2, 2018 at 12:07 PM - Reply

    My one regret is that I wasn’t there to eat it with you! And I laughed my head off (no translation needed, I think) at your intro. I am honoured to have made it onto your pages, sister-friend. Linda xxx

    • chef mimi November 2, 2018 at 12:09 PM - Reply

      Spotted dick? Or spag bol? You really had me confused! Hysterical.

      • Linda Duffin November 2, 2018 at 12:15 PM

        Spag bol! It’s such a common contraction here it never occurred to me it was a Brit thing (or whatever we’re calling ourselves these days :) ).

      • chef mimi November 2, 2018 at 12:16 PM

        Well see, are you Brits? That truly is confusing to me. But I’d never heard that before! And you know i get around food a lot!!

      • Linda Duffin November 3, 2018 at 11:42 AM

        The correct name for my country is the United Kingdom of Britain and Northern Ireland … so ‘Britain’ actually encompasses England, Scotland and Wales and the UK includes Northern Ireland. Clear as mud and heaven knows where we’ll be after Brexit, the dumbest political move since we tried to over-tax America.

  7. okiewinegirl2015 November 2, 2018 at 1:26 PM - Reply

    Mimi! I’m unfortunately reading your post at lunch while semi-starving because I’m trying to lose the last 4 pounds of summer wine and you are completely wrecking my diet! Bolognese is my very favorite. Good thing I don’t have smell-a-vision.

    • chef mimi November 2, 2018 at 2:43 PM - Reply

      Sorry! Not sorry! Who gains weight in the summer?!!! Just kidding. Most of my diet is wine calories.

  8. Angela@eatlivehappy November 2, 2018 at 1:38 PM - Reply

    This is fabulous! I love bolognese! We must be on the same wavelength, I was just thinking about this sauce the other night!

    • chef mimi November 2, 2018 at 2:42 PM - Reply

      It is so good! And fun to actually follow the directions!

      • Angela@eatlivehappy November 2, 2018 at 5:06 PM

        It looks like a wonderful recipe!

  9. sippitysup November 2, 2018 at 6:43 PM - Reply

    I have a few opinions of my own regarding Bolognese and you pass the test with delicious colors! GREG

    • chef mimi November 2, 2018 at 9:07 PM - Reply

      Oh! Can’t wait to check it out! Thanks, Greg.

    • chef mimi November 3, 2018 at 7:14 AM - Reply

      I’d actually commented on your post. I LOVE bolognese with liver, but it wouldn’t go over very well with the husband! Fennel is an interesting addition.

  10. Our Growing Paynes November 2, 2018 at 7:02 PM - Reply

    Ooh, I do love a good spag bol! This looks amazing.

    • chef mimi November 2, 2018 at 9:07 PM - Reply

      Ha! So you know what spag bol is?!!!!! Funny.

  11. Gerlinde de Broekert (Sunnycovechef) November 2, 2018 at 11:24 PM - Reply

    I remember having the most delicious spaghetti Bolognese in a small village in the Veneto. Maybe it was this recipe.

    • chef mimi November 3, 2018 at 7:07 AM - Reply

      I love the cream in the sauce. It just mellows it all out!

  12. Vicki Bensinger November 3, 2018 at 8:40 AM - Reply

    Mimi this sounds sensational. I was drooling from just looking at all your photos and perfect chopping skills.

    How unusual that he chooses a white wine over red but this looks amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever used a recipe to make this but I will definitely try this one. Thanks for sharing.

    • chef mimi November 3, 2018 at 9:58 AM - Reply

      Absolutely. I don’t know about the wine, personally, but sometimes they can make a sauce purple-ish? Even good wine? Or he just wanted the wine flavor and not the color. I have no idea. But it was certainly delicious!

  13. Frank November 3, 2018 at 8:44 AM - Reply

    Bugialli is indeed one of the best sources of information about real Italian cookery. Not just recipes but, even more valuable in my opinion, the origins of dishes and how they’ve evolved over the years. He deserves to be better known. And his pasta book is a great compendium, the result of a lot of in depth investigation.

    • chef mimi November 3, 2018 at 9:56 AM - Reply

      It’s a very impressive book, no longer available I just saw on Amazon. I really love that he states how just because you’re an Italian grandmother, doesn’t mean you can cook! He always makes me laugh.

  14. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso November 3, 2018 at 11:19 AM - Reply

    The Ragu debate will never end, but your version looks perfect to me. However, your referring to the dish as “blended lasagna” is really so correct, and it made me understand why I still prefer lasagna to it! :)

    • chef mimi November 3, 2018 at 12:55 PM - Reply

      Oh, interesting! I do love lasagna, especially tasting all of the individual parts that make it up.

  15. Ron November 3, 2018 at 11:56 AM - Reply

    Mimi, I know this recipe well and you honored in your post. So, how many cookbooks do you have? Wait, Wait, I forgot! Never ask a food blogger how many cookbooks they have. I’m not telling how many I have.

    • chef mimi November 3, 2018 at 12:57 PM - Reply

      I didn’t know that was a “thing!” But I’ll keep it to myself. I’ve been collecting a long time. Thank goodness for those lean years when I went to the library and had my husband copy recipes for me!

      • FrugalHausfrau November 5, 2018 at 7:44 PM

        I gave boxes away to my daughter and still have way too many! Then I determined I’d have to live many many lifetimes to make a fraction of the recipes and determined to not buy another cookbook, ever. I have cut back quite a bit since then but I have NOT been able to keep my promise! I have a problem…

  16. Kiki November 3, 2018 at 1:58 PM - Reply

    Hats off for doing this the right way, with celery, carrots etc. I grew up with the lazy option – still a homemade version, though – and am in awe of some of my friends who make gallons of bolognese sauce for freezing, cooking it for 5 hours etc.
    And while I can’t be bothered to make it the proper way, I most certainly can be bothered to eat it when invited :-D .

    • chef mimi November 3, 2018 at 3:50 PM - Reply

      There’s always an open invitation to all of my favorite food blogger friends!

  17. Chica Andaluza November 3, 2018 at 3:39 PM - Reply

    Coming from an Italian family I really can confirm that spag bol doesn’t exist in Italy but a lovely meaty ragu like this certainly does (although I’ve never, ever known anyone in the family to use cream in it but that could be because we’re a southern Italian family which is an area that doesn’t really use many dairy products in its cooking).

    • chef mimi November 3, 2018 at 3:50 PM - Reply

      Interesting. It is so complicated, isn’t it?!! Just prepare and eat what you love is my motto!!! And we loved this!

      • Chica Andaluza November 3, 2018 at 3:51 PM

        Totally agree! My Spanish family often tell me what I’m doing isn’t authentic, but it tastes good and we enjoy it so that’s what counts!

      • chef mimi November 3, 2018 at 3:52 PM

        People can argue ad nauseum about what’s traditional vs. what’s authentic. It gets boring to me!

  18. My Little Italian Kitchen November 3, 2018 at 6:13 PM - Reply

    What a beautiful dish! I make a pot of ragú almost every week. It is quite good as it lasts in the fridge for a few days and I can make a couple of pasta dishes with it. Your photos are really nice MImi.

    • chef mimi November 4, 2018 at 5:02 PM - Reply

      Thank you so much Alida! My husband loved this sauce, so I’ll be making it again!

  19. ladyredspecs November 3, 2018 at 7:05 PM - Reply

    Spag Bol, also known as Spag bog in Australia has become our national dish, although the only place to eat a quality version is at home. Sounds delicious esp after travelling a Asia for 5 weeks

    • chef mimi November 4, 2018 at 6:36 AM - Reply

      Hi Sandra! Long time no see! Obviously because you were on a major trip! Can’t wait to see your posts. I’ve never been to Asia. It’s on my list, but not on the top. Next year is South America. Interesting about Spag bog!

      • ladyredspecs November 7, 2018 at 6:35 PM

        Lost my blogging mojo mid year but Will return soonish.

  20. 2pots2cook November 4, 2018 at 2:27 AM - Reply

    I guess my family simplifies everything as much as possible and so happens with pasta and sauces; there are always some basics that we agree upon but we really do not have quarrels over food or fight who’s recipe is the best. Food should be something to gather us to enjoy together. Life too. At least to our standards. Love your ingredients Mimi. Thank you !

    • chef mimi November 4, 2018 at 6:35 AM - Reply

      So well said! You must not be Italian!!!

  21. polentaebaccala November 4, 2018 at 3:39 AM - Reply

    Well done :) especially because you used the tagliatelle and not the spaghetti, which are mostly used outside Italy but not really in Italy (for this recipe) :)

    • chef mimi November 4, 2018 at 6:33 AM - Reply

      Thank you. I probably shouldn’t have made that the title of my post!

      • polentaebaccala November 4, 2018 at 8:39 AM

        The ragù looks very nice, I forgot to say it before! :)

  22. Michelle November 4, 2018 at 7:10 AM - Reply

    I have that book, too. I think my mother gave it to me the year I got married. Bugialli is/was rather humorless, as you point out!

    • chef mimi November 4, 2018 at 7:14 AM - Reply

      Except that he makes me laugh out loud! I’ve made many recipes from that cookbook over the years, and all have been successful.

  23. heather (delicious not gorgeous) November 4, 2018 at 12:49 PM - Reply

    i’ve never made bolognese before! i think it’s something about how there’s cream involved, but this is going on my list for when it’s too cold to do anything but cook in the warmth of the kitchen.

    • chef mimi November 4, 2018 at 1:54 PM - Reply

      Are you vegan? I guess I’m one of those who embraces cream and butter!

  24. thatskinnychickcanbake November 4, 2018 at 2:08 PM - Reply

    I don’t think I’ve made a true bolognese before, but your recipe is the perfect place to start! YUM!

    • chef mimi November 4, 2018 at 2:12 PM - Reply

      Well, I hadn’t either, and I’m not sure why. But this is delicious!

  25. kathryninthekitchen November 4, 2018 at 3:06 PM - Reply

    Your posts always make me smile…like the Brits we Aussies call it ‘Spag Bol’ too.
    Growing up Spag Bol was on high repeat dial for our weeknight dinner. It was actually the first thing I learned how to cook and once that happened it became my job to make the ragu. I think the quintessential and best ragu recipe is Marcella Hazan’s, my copy of her wonderful ‘The Classic Italian Cookbook’ is testimony to how much I have read it…. it is falling apart! I am keen to try this version as a comparison.

    • chef mimi November 4, 2018 at 3:51 PM - Reply

      I actually own that cookbook, so I’ll check it out. Bugiali popped into my head just because he’s so particular and I wanted to make it the correct way!

  26. Sherry A Mackay November 4, 2018 at 7:28 PM - Reply

    hi mimi
    i had never heard of chef Bugialli before; he looks kinda fierce. being an old british colony and still part of the Commonwealth, we too here in australia call it spag bol:) tho i doubt it is very italian these days at all. I love parmesan on everything! too bad if it all tastes the same, i say. cheers sherry

    • chef mimi November 4, 2018 at 7:43 PM - Reply

      Hahahahahahaha! I love just about everything that tastes like Parmesan!

      • Sherry A Mackay November 4, 2018 at 7:46 PM

        i even like it on seafood. a huge no-no with italians i believe.:)

      • chef mimi November 4, 2018 at 7:47 PM

        I am certainly not the Italian food police, and they’re not allowed in my house!

  27. Sherry A Mackay November 4, 2018 at 7:30 PM - Reply

    P.S. my sister married a Dutchman, and he taught her to cook meat sauces with milk added to give it creaminess.

  28. Kelly | Foodtasia November 4, 2018 at 8:46 PM - Reply

    Mimi, such an informative post! Pappardelle with Bolognese sauce is one of our family’s favorite dinners. Comfort food at its finest! I am guilty of adding garlic though! I have Bugialli’s pasta book on my shelf, I’ll have to pull it out again. So funny when he said even some grandmothers are poor cooks. I suppose it’s true.

    • chef mimi November 4, 2018 at 8:49 PM - Reply

      I know! He said his grandmother didn’t know how to boil an egg!!! I’ve always wondered about that phenomenon. Are every French and Italian woman a good cook cause they’re French and Italian?!!!

  29. Elena Bourke November 5, 2018 at 7:38 AM - Reply

    Thanks for this post! I love Bolognese. This is very similar to the recipe I use. After adding whole milk or cream I simmer for an hour. That trace of nutmeg is wonderful.

    • chef mimi November 5, 2018 at 7:39 AM - Reply

      Sounds wonderful. I don’t know why I’ve never made it before! Maybe because I assumed it classically contained liver, which Dave won’t eat.

  30. November 5, 2018 at 12:14 PM - Reply

    This is a favorite pasta dish – your version is different from mine but it looks just as good. Comfort food… :)

    • chef mimi November 5, 2018 at 1:36 PM - Reply

      Well I do believe that there are a million different versions! And I also believe that they’re all good!

  31. fromthefamilytable November 5, 2018 at 12:31 PM - Reply

    Beautiful images, nice story, and an excellent recipe. Thanks.

    • chef mimi November 5, 2018 at 1:35 PM - Reply

      Thanks, Roger!

  32. Laura November 5, 2018 at 12:45 PM - Reply

    Mimi, you are making me hungry with this recipe – one of my all-time favorites, it’s nice to be taught from an expert! Thanks! I feel like I would love this recipe book!

    • chef mimi November 5, 2018 at 1:35 PM - Reply

      Thanks, Laura! This book isn’t published any longer, I just checked. I’m not sure why I’ve never made spag bol before. But my husband and I were fighting over the last bits of it!

  33. FrugalHausfrau November 5, 2018 at 2:51 PM - Reply

    This is quite a bit like how I first learned to make Pasta alla Bolognese because it has just a bit of tomato and isn’t a heavy tomato based sauce like I usually see passed off as Bolognese. Buglialli sounds like a persnickity grandmother himself but isn’t it wonderful to find someone so passionate about their cuisine…I’d be arguing over the last spoonful, too!!

    • chef mimi November 5, 2018 at 3:25 PM - Reply

      That’s why I’ve always liked him. And he’s not going to show up in my house and take the cheese out of my hands!

      • FrugalHausfrau November 5, 2018 at 7:42 PM

        lol!!! You should see my son at a restaurant where they come around and ask if you want cheese!! It’s a sight to behold, haha!

  34. Dawn - Girl Heart Food November 5, 2018 at 5:29 PM - Reply

    One of my fave meals is hubby’s bolognese with homemade pasta! This looks divine!

    • chef mimi November 5, 2018 at 6:23 PM - Reply

      Wait. Hubby makes pasta and cooks??? How lucky you are Madame.

      • Sherry A Mackay November 5, 2018 at 11:22 PM

        surely every husband cooks?:) i’d throw mine out if he didn’t …

    • chef mimi November 6, 2018 at 8:32 AM - Reply

      I can understand why after making it. And home made pasta would certainly push it over the top!!!

  35. Abbe@This is How I Cook November 5, 2018 at 8:27 PM - Reply

    I haven’t made this in such a long time. We are having friends next weekend for dinner and now I know what I will make. Just love this dish!

    • chef mimi November 5, 2018 at 8:44 PM - Reply

      It’s so good. I can’t believe I’d never made it until now!

  36. Tandy | Lavender and Lime November 6, 2018 at 1:25 AM - Reply

    I love all the different ragu pasta dishes – with my favourite being one of wild boar that I ate in Assisi. It is one I shall never forget. I agree, making extra Ragu alla Bolognese is always a good idea. Especially to keep as a frozen option for when you don’t feel like cooking :)

    • chef mimi November 6, 2018 at 8:31 AM - Reply

      I had it there also! Phenomenal. Although, I also have walnut ravioli in a cream sauce that was outstanding. I do need to make more ragu and freeze it. Good idea.

  37. Jeff the Chef November 6, 2018 at 4:06 AM - Reply

    This sounds like a great book, and a great recipe. I thought any pasta sauce with meat was a Bolognese – good thing I didn’t voice this opinion too loudly!

    • chef mimi November 6, 2018 at 8:32 AM - Reply

      Well, a good idea if Italians are around!!! Such silliness.

  38. Conor Bofin November 6, 2018 at 8:57 AM - Reply

    Mimi, one can learn a lot by listening to Mrs. P. Your plated photos are absolutely perfect. Great job.

    • chef mimi November 6, 2018 at 1:48 PM - Reply

      Thank you Conor! And, she’s funny to boot.

  39. nancyc November 6, 2018 at 12:58 PM - Reply

    This sounds like a wonderful pasta dish, and a great cookbook, too!

    • chef mimi November 6, 2018 at 1:47 PM - Reply

      I checked on Amazon and they’re not selling the cookbook any longer, but of course there are other Italian cooks with books. I just always loved his passionately serious approach to regional Italian cuisines!

  40. Ann Coleman November 6, 2018 at 8:16 PM - Reply

    I love Pasta Bolognese, but haven’t ever tried to cook it myself. Our favorite Italian restaurant servers a wonderful version of it, but I think I would like to try making it myself. Thanks for the recipe!

    • chef mimi November 10, 2018 at 2:31 PM - Reply

      You are so welcome. Maybe it sounds complicated is why people don’t make it? But it’s not. It just takes a little time.

  41. Paul November 7, 2018 at 4:30 PM - Reply

    This recipe looks amazing! My mom always cooks this pasta but very differently. She doesn’t add panceta, for example, which seems to be like a great addition.
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • chef mimi November 7, 2018 at 5:25 PM - Reply

      You are so welcome! I really enjoyed this ragu.

  42. November 8, 2018 at 7:20 AM - Reply

    The UK (or whatever it’s called now) ha ha! Yeah I’ve got to agree there. Are we “United” anymore? We live here and we don’t know! I’ve got to be “United” with you here on this recipe though Mimi :-) . I do love a good “Spag Bols”. :-)

    • chef mimi November 8, 2018 at 7:47 AM - Reply

      Thank you Neil! I kind of sound like an idiot, don’t I?!!!

  43. Linger November 10, 2018 at 10:29 AM - Reply

    This recipe makes me feel all warm and cozy inside. I’ve never made Spaghetti Bolognese either. Thanks for the encouragement to try something different. Your’s looks fabulous. Now I’m hungry and it’s barely 10 in the morning.

    • chef mimi November 10, 2018 at 11:04 AM - Reply

      Gah! I know that problem!!! Enjoy this recipe – it is fabulous. I can’t compare it to others, but it’s good!

  44. David @ Spiced November 14, 2018 at 6:56 AM - Reply

    Oh, I love a good spag bol! :-) Buglialli sounds like a great chef, and I love his tidbits of wisdom. Sometimes those old cookbooks are the best! Now I’m craving a good bolognese for dinner tonight. Yum!

    • chef mimi November 14, 2018 at 2:10 PM - Reply

      He seems like he might have been tough to get along with, but what a resource. I’m always keeping his cookbooks.

  45. thecompletebook November 18, 2018 at 10:58 PM - Reply

    What a glorious recipe – quite different to what I usually throw together. :-D Nice to now have an authentic recipe.
    Have a wonderful day.
    :-) Mandy xo

    • chef mimi November 19, 2018 at 7:33 AM - Reply

      At least it’s one authentic recipe!

  46. Ben Robbins October 11, 2022 at 12:48 PM - Reply

    This looks great! Definitely have to try it out.

    Sadly, it appears Guiliano passed away in 2019, at age 88.

    • Chef Mimi October 11, 2022 at 3:04 PM - Reply

      Aww, well he was quite the interesting authority on pasta!

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