Spaghetti alla Bolognese, Spaghetti Bolognese, or
Bolognaise in a form popular outside of Italy, consists of a meat sauce served
on a bed of spaghetti with a good sprinkling of grated
Although Spaghetti alla Bolognese is very popular outside of Italy, it never
existed in Bologna, where
ragù is served always with the local egg pastas
lasagne. Spaghetti is a durum wheat pasta from Naples, and the
Naples Ragù of a meat flavoured thick tomato sauce clings much better to
slippery spaghetti than Bologna's ground beef ragù.
Spaghetti Bolognese is popular in the United
Kingdom (where it is colloquially abbreviated to spag bol). In the United States
also the term 'bolognese' is applied to a tomato-and-ground-beef sauce that
bears little resemblance to ragù served in Bologna.