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Are you adding sugar to your bolognese? Post goes viral as foodies discuss controversial ingredient

Are you adding sugar to your bolognese? Photo of pasta topped with a huge spoonful of sparks – some gourmets claim it reduces ‘the acidity’ in the tomato sauce

  • Woman posted a picture of her spaghetti bolognese with a mountain of sugar on it
  • The post sparked controversy with foodies, and some jumped to defend it
  • Others agreed that it needed sugar, but suggested she had overused
  • Surprisingly divisive mail received more than 6,000 comments and shared 53,000 times

Thousands of foodies took to social media to discuss whether to add sugar to spaghetti bolognese.

The surprisingly divisive discussion started after a woman from the US shared a photo of spaghetti bolognese with a lot of sugar on it. Facebook and challenged people ‘argue’ whether the ingredient belonged in the recipe.

People quickly jumped in defense of US veteran Trina Ward, while others couldn’t contain their disgust for her suggestion.

The controversial post, which has been shared more than 6,000 comments and 53,000 times since it was shared earlier this summer, quickly hit Facebook pages for foodies where more avid chefs shared their side of the debate.

Trina Ward shared a photo of her bolognese on Facebook, and the post went viral as people gathered to support her use of sugar or express dislike

Trina Ward shared a photo of her bolognese on Facebook, and the post went viral as people gathered to support her use of sugar or express dislike

Several Facebook users acknowledged the use of sugar in the recipe, including Amber Natè Howell who replied, “A splash in the sauce just to reduce the tomato acidity.”

While others agreed that the sweet substance should be added, they shared their disgust with how much was portrayed on Mrs. Ward’s meal.

Emma Nicole Vacca said, ‘Just a pinch to take away the acidity. That much is grim. ‘

Echoing her gut, Steve Pittarese said, “ First of all, what kind of f ****** pasta sauce is that? Anyone who uses cooked sauce can be totally f ***.

Response to Ms Ward's post was mixed, with some people acknowledging that sugar can be used to reduce acidity

Response to Ms Ward's post was mixed, with some people acknowledging that sugar can be used to reduce acidity

Response to Ms Ward’s post was mixed, with some people acknowledging that sugar can be used to reduce acidity

Second, anyone who knows how to make sauce will tell you YES, you can ONLY use a FAST sugar in the SAUCE while cooking to reduce the acidity, but these are all kinds of different levels of coarse and wrong.

You might as well replace the sauce with ketchup, because that’s what you make with all that sugar.

“As an Italian from Brooklyn, this offends me and hurts my gut.”

In the foodie Facebook groups, people drew comparisons between Mrs. Ward's meal and that of beloved Christmas movie character Buddy the Elf pouring maple syrup on spaghetti

In the foodie Facebook groups, people drew comparisons between Mrs. Ward's meal and that of beloved Christmas movie character Buddy the Elf pouring maple syrup on spaghetti

In the foodie Facebook groups, people drew comparisons between Mrs. Ward’s meal and that of beloved Christmas movie character Buddy the Elf pouring maple syrup on spaghetti

Like those who responded to Ms. Ward’s original post, Italian Sara Groscot said that people from her country put some sugar in their Bolgnese to “offset the acidity of the tomatoes.”

Others agreed with Ms. Groscot, such as Francis Rodriguez, who said the recipe only requires a teaspoon of sugar to ‘remove the acid from the tomato.’

Some people made comical comparisons between the statue and the popular Christmas character Buddy the Elf, who pours a bottle of maple syrup over a bowl of spaghetti – much to the amazement of his new family.

A few others suggested Ms. Ward’s recipe might be more like Filipino spaghetti, which is sweet in taste.

Frankie Empeno said, “As a Filipino, I can assure you that this is a thing in the Philippines and Filipino families.”

Typically, the recipe is different from the usual Bolgnese and includes diced hot dogs and sugar or evaporated milk.

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