Italian Food Recipes: Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese

Italian Food Recipes: Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese

When thinking about classic Italian food recipes few dished leap to mind as much as Spaghetti Bolognese. Along with the Pizza and Lasagne, Spaghetti Bolognese is a dish that has been exported and become one of the staple favourite recipes worldwide.

There are many variations on this famous recipe as it can be personalised and varied depending on the ingredients available and convenience.

One thing for sure, however, is that with a well done Spaghetti Bolognese recipe will leave guests at a dinner party well and truly satisfied and asking for second helpings. Plus it is a dish that keeps well so it is recommended to always make additional so that there is enough to go around the following day!

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Italian food recipes are in the blood of the Magi family, owners of Mascalzone Restaurant

Mascalzone Italian Restaurant is steeped in family tradition when it comes to preparing Italian Food Recipes. While the Menu offers up a selection of contemporary Italian Food Recipes, there is a list of well represented classic dishes – the Spaghetti Bolognese included.

In this article we look at a Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe that is both simple and quick to prepare. It is one that makes a great supplement at a dinner party and is a popular choice for a family dinner!


  • 50g / 2-3 Stripes of Pancetta or bacon optional
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 x Celery stalks diced-2
  • 2/3 Garlic
  • 2 Tsp Fresh Basil- a bunch or dried basil
  • 2x 400gr/14oz Cans Diced San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 2 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1lb Ground Beef extra lean
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1lb Spaghetti


  1. Heat the oil in a large and deep frying pan or wide dutch oven
  2. Add the Diced Pancetta or Bacon
  3. Then add diced onions, carrots, celery, minced garlic and chopped basil stalks (for additional flavour). If you are using lean bacon or pancetta add a splash of olive oil and cook everything on a low heat for about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Pour in canned San Marzano tomatoes and ground beef.
  5. Add a pinch of salt and pepper for seasoning
  6. Sprinkle in some dried oregano and torn basil leaves (reserve a few small ones), bring it to a boil then turn the heat down and let it simmer with a lid ajar for for 2.5-3 hours stirring it once in a while so that the sauce doesn’t stick or dry up.
  7. When your Bolognese is nearly done boil a large pot of water and cook spaghetti according to package directions. (I usually undercook that pasta by around 2 min less than the package recommends. This is because when you add the pasta to the sauce it will continue to cook so you really don’t want it overcooked!)
  8. Drain your spaghetti and add your pasta to the sauce, stir gently and take off the heat. Top with reserved basil leaves.
  9. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  10. Garnish with a few small basil leaves.

The Secret INGREDIENT: San Marzano Tomatoes

The secret to a great tasting Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe is the tomatoes used in the sauce. At Mascalzone our chefs use San Marzano Tomatoes from the Campania Region of Southern Italy.

This area of Southern Italy, around the City of Naples is synonymous with growing exceptionally good tasting tomatoes. The rich volcanic soul, full of minerals, and the warm Mediterranean Climate offer the perfect growing conditions for tomatoes.

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San Marzano Tomatoes, perfect for Italian Food Recipes with Sauces and Ragus

Unlike other species of tomato, the San Marzano are uncommonly fruity and aromatic. Some types of San Marzano, such as the heirloom and bell shaped tomatoes, which actually resemble peppers in many ways, are great tasting when either red or slightly unripened. They make a great addition to Salads such as the Insalata di Caprese.

The San Marzano species are a D.O.P. product and are the best suited tomatoes for making sauces and ragus. Mascalzone also use San Marzano tomatoes in the sauce for their pizzas.

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At Mascalzone we are serious about contending as one of the top Italian Restaurants in Houston and London. That’s why we make the effort to source only the best ingredients, such as the San Marzano Tomatoes, from Italy and ensure that all of our fresh produce is house made each day.

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Mascalzone have options for catering as well as venue hire for events in both London and Houston

So all that remains now, is to head down to Mascalzone in Houston or London and try out our recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese. All of our locations are open 7 days a week and are the ideal place for a get together, a romantic evening, to catch up on a sporting event or for some live music.

We are presently taking bookings for Christmas parties, with a choice of set Menus and we offer a special event catering services for corporate events and wedding.



Author: Toto Mascalzone

Toto Mascalzone is event and marketing manager at Mascalzone restaurant. He is an Italian wine writer and educator, blogger, and food and wine enthusiast currently living in London. He is author of the wine and lifestyle blog, and was a co-editor, together with Italian wine writer a blog devoted to news from the world of Italian wine.


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