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The real spaghetti bolognese

Spaghetti bolognese are maybe the most famous Italian pasta all around the world! Problem is... they are fake, the way you see them everywhere :) Here the real way spaghetti bolognese is made... in Bologna!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Pasta, Primo
Cuisine: Bolognese, Italian
Keyword: authentic, delicious, easy, Italian, nofake, pasta, quick, Spaghetti, Tuna
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Roberto
Cost: $2


  • 1 knife
  • 1 pan
  • 1 pot


  • 320 gr spaghetti
  • 180 gr canned tuna chose a good quality one... it's crucial
  • 1 onion
  • 700 gr fresh tomatoes OR 400 gr canned peeled tomatoes (depending on the season you are in)
  • q.s. EVO oil
  • q.s. salt


  • Start finely chopping the onion and gently fry it in a pan with EVO oil. The key is the word "gently". It has to cook until it gets transparent. This will take about 15-20 minutes.
    Real spaghetti bolognese - onion
  • When the onion is fully transparent, add the peeled tomatoes, chopped into pieces.
    Real spaghetti bolognese - peeled tomatoes
  • Gently cook for about 20 minutes. (Note: starting from fresh tomatoes, it will take longer, about 30-40 minutes.) Add the chopped tuna and cook about 10 minutes more. The final result should be a sauce like the one in the picture.
    Real spaghetti bolognese - chopped tuna
  • In the meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in salted water.
    Real spaghetti bolognese - cooking the spaghetti
  • As usual, when they are almost cooked, take them away from the water "al dente" and put them into the pan with the sauce. Add a small amount of pasta water and mix them.
    Real spaghetti bolognese - how to sauce them
  • The result will be your first spaghetti alla bolognese... the bolognese way! ;) Enjoy them.
    Real spaghetti bolognese


  • quality of canned tuna is crucial
  • always chose canned peeled tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes if it's not tomatoes' season. This will be healthier, tastier and more sustainable for the planet. Thanks!
  • I hope you are glad to be able to cook at home the REAL spaghetti bolognesi, the way we do in Bologna! :)