What? Spaghetti Bolognese not from Italy??!!

Spaghetti Bolognese

To make one thing clear, the Spaghetti Bolognese dish is not an Italian invention. Nevertheless, you can often find it on menus in many other countries prepared in different ways. The name “Spaghetti Bolognese” is actually used when you mean the long pasta that is served with minced meat sauce. So whenever I am in the mood and tired of the common red Spaghetti sauce I use the recipe below.

The so called “Spaghetti Bolognese” is the most abused Italian recipe worldwide. In Germany there are countless variations of the popular pasta dish, also the ketchup bottle can slip into the sauce. Ketchup has no place in this dish made with cream in my opinion.

Someone should know that there is the “Ragù alla Bolognese” in Italy. This is one of the world’s most famous Italian sauces. This recipe was written about in the “Accademia Italiana della Cucina” October 17, 1982 at the Bologna Chamber of Commerce. The Ragù alla Bolognese is traditionally eaten in Bologna with fresh Tagliatelle noodle, or used to prepare Lasagne al Forno. But never with Spaghetti – as is usually served outside of Italy.

Of course, the original recipe is also interpreted in many ways in Italy with each Italian Nonna has her own recipe. If you ask Italians how to prepare the perfect Ragù, the answer is most likely always: “Come lo fa la mamma” (“How mum does it”).

Another important ingredient for the perfect Ragù is time, because only after simmering for several hours does the sauce develop all of its aromas and becomes tender and creamy and a real pleasure! If you don’t have the patience you can accelerate the cooking time in my Instant Pot recipe below.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese
Category: Main meal
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours

Instant pot recipe: fry the bacon till brown and add the hamburger meat, drain and remove. Sear carrots celery and onions. Add back the hamburger meat, fried bacon and combine with vegetable, 1 can of tomatoes in Instant pot with, add a cup of water, seal. Set the unit to HIGH pressure for 20 minutes (or meat/stew function). Quick release. Switch the Instant Pot to the lowest heat sauté setting and bring to a bubble. Simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce is thickened to your desired consistency. Stir in milk or heavy cream and the wine. Season to taste with salt and pepper, nutmeg


  • 2 lb minced beef
  • Fried bacon (optional)
  • 3 garlic gloves
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 onions
  • I can or 400 g. tomatoes
  • 1 lb Spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ liter milk
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dash of Nutmeg


  • Chop carrots and celery in small pieces.
  • Sliver the garlic.
  • Heat butter and olive oil in a deep pan and simmer celery and carrots on low for 30 minutes.
  • Fry the hamburger meat and bacon in separate pan until no longer pink. Drain.
  • Add to the meat mixture the white wine and ½ liter milk, a can tomatoes (or fresh) and sliced garlic.
  • Combine the meat in the deep pan with the carrots and celery.
  • Stir and bring to boil, turn down to simmer.
  • Simmer for about 5 hours (crockpot?), but at least 2 hours should do.
  • Boil the Spaghetti
  • Season with sea salt and pepper, nutmeg and additional wine


Will taste even better the next day

Nutrition information

Serves: 8 to 10
Serving Size: 1

I have been living half of my life in Germany, then US, and traveling since then. My passion is cooking, painting and glass mosaic art. I try to re-create recipes I grew up with, or I tasted while traveling in Europe.

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